Special Needs Blog Week in Review – May 27 – June 2, 2012

June 2 Once a week, the Special Needs Blog Week in Review brings you a quick summary of each of the blogs that appeared here in the past week. It gives you an easy way to find the ones that you missed, or that you didn’t have time to read the first time around.

The Special Needs Podcast Roundup went up on May 28, 2012. This week, I’d like to point out an episode by FAQAutism. The episode is called “End-of-the-School-Year-Blues”. It discusses how the changes that occur at the end of the school year alter the usual, expected, routine of the school day. This can be stressful enough for kids who have autism to withdraw or to have a loud meltdown.

Texas Yearbook Labels Some Students as “Mentally Retarded”
Someone on the yearbook club for a Texas high school thought it would be appropriate to include a section that featured the students who were in the Special Education program. Those students had labels attached to their photo that detailed their special needs. Some students were labeled “mentally retarded”. The parents of this group of students was not asked, or informed, about this decision. They discovered it after the yearbooks were handed out.

Summer Camps for Kids Who Have Special Needs – 2012
This blog contains tips about where to find a Summer camp that can accommodate your child’s specific special needs. It gives you places to start looking, each of which have a long list of various options to take a look at.

Exclusion Can Cause Depression in Kids With Special Needs
A study found that being excluded from peers, either by isolation or from bullying, caused more depression in kids who had special needs than their actual special need, disease, or condition did.

Study Finds Preemies Have Higher Risk of Severe Mental Disorders
A study found that babies who were born as preemies have a higher risk of developing severe depression, bipolar disorder, or psychosis than did their peers who were born full-term. This could have something to do with brain development that is supposed to take place in the last few weeks before birth.

Beware of Counterfeit Adderall
The FDA has put out a warning to parents who have purchased Adderall from the internet. Some of what is being sold on the internet isn’t actually Adderall. Instead, it is a counterfeit version that contains different ingredients and that doesn’t look anything like real Adderall. The counterfeit versions are popping up because people are trying to make money off of the Adderall shortage.

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