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Parents’ role in bullying

A new study from the University of Delaware, cited in Reuters, looked at the advice parents gave to their children about how to respond to bullying situations and what the children actually did.  Interestingly, telling a child to stay out of a bullying situation seemed to lead to participation of bystanders rather than helping the victim.  Maybe educating parents on best ways to address bullying would be advisable!

A history of inclusive classrooms/schools

An article in the April 2017 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the evolution of inclusion in classrooms and schools, and offers some directions for the future.  An interesting read!

The value of “social capital” for schools

New research from Ohio State University, reported in Science Daily, looks at a cost-free approach to school improvement and student success that really seems to work.  How much “social capital” do your schools have, and can you help them to develop even more?

The last word on the birth order arguments

An article in the Globe and Mail explores the persistent theories behind the birth order differences in personality and intelligence and comes up with the final word on the subject!  An interesting read – do you agree?

Can autism be detected by a blood test?

New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, reported in disabilityscoop, suggests that a blood test can determine whether an individual is on the autism spectrum or not.  We  seem to be closing in on biological indicators on what was once seen as a behavioural condition – interesting times!

Cyber-bullying just another tool in the bully’s toolbox

Research from the University of Warwick, reported in EurekAlert, looks at cyber-bullying as a unique form of bullying rather than another form of bullying, including traditional social and face-to-face.  It seems that cyber-bullying is rarely the only form of bullying used, but one of the three forms applied to victims.  Recommendations for intervention/prevention are made.

Linking autism and addiction

An article in The Atlantic looks in depth at the link between autism and addiction.  Interestingly, it is  noted that “Overall, an autism diagnosis doubles the risk of addiction, the researchers found. Elevated risk is concentrated among those with an IQ of 100 or above. But across the spectrum, ADHD is a great multiplier of risk: Among those with autism and intellectual disability, having ADHD increases the risk of addiction fourfold; among those with an IQ in the typical range or above, ADHD increases the risk eightfold.”  The article looks at both risk factors for addiction and problems with treatment due to autism.