Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified? Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (also known as PDD-NOS) is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in reciprocal social interaction or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). A child with PDD-NOS does not fully meet the criteria for a specific […]

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout in Special Education

In 2007 the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) released an 18-month study indicating that the turnover rate for teachers in the United States was 16.8%. Approximately 46% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years of teaching. Percentages are estimated to be even higher for special education teachers. Burnout […]

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder) is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in social interaction and by restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Asperger’s Syndrome is considered to be on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum.

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Specific Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: FAQ’s

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in reading are often mistaken for two separate conditions. They are two different names for the same underlying problem- a disability in reading. There are several skills that must be learned before a student is able to read. Children with SLD in reading (dyslexia) struggle to acquire the fundamental […]

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