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Exceptional, not disordered: How we can all help neurodiverse children belong 

Neurodiversity is a term coined by sociologist Judy Singer to refer to natural variations in the human brain, driven by epigenetics.  The neurodiversity movement rejects the idea that people with ADHD, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions are somehow defective. As a society we need to value and accommodate neurodiverse children…

How does ADHD affect learning? Parents can help their child retain information and learn better

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects the attention span, working member, impulses, and other functions. Symptoms, which include false perception of time and difficulty staying organized, impair daily functioning in children, at home and at school. Despite the obstacles a child with ADHD might face…

Dyscalculia: a math-based learning disability that affects basic calculations and bigger concepts

Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that affects how the brain understands basic calculations and internally processes numbers. This disorder is comparable to dyslexia: While people with dyslexia struggle with words and letters, people with dyscalculia struggle with numbers. In a world full of numbers, having a distorted understanding of math…

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects learning and necessitates individualized care in the classroom

Autism is a developmental disorder that can affect how one learns, but students with autism can still excel in school. Teachers can help their students with autism by first considering other developmental issues to best understand how the individual learns. Then, educators should offer individualized assistance to each student with…

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