If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about autism, think again. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged by this intelligent, moving, and gripping exploration of the controversy surrounding Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an intensive intervention used to treat autism. Parents who want ABA for their children passionately believe that it is the best way to teach a child new skills and to help them function in mainstream society, but critics of ABA argue that it is dehumanizing and abusive to try to eliminate autistic behavior.
National literacy program Reach Out and Read reaches kids in a place where they are almost guaranteed to visit: the doctor's office. PBS NewsHour correspondent John Merrow meets a new breed of pediatrician - part doctor, part teacher - who help parents share books with their children to improve and encourage cognitive development.
The issues surrounding attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are fiercely debated. Who decides when rambunctious behavior has become a psychiatric concern? Do the benefits of Ritalin outweigh its risks? Is ADHD even a true disorder, or just another way for pharmaceutical companies to make money? This program speaks with students diagnosed with ADHD and to nearly a dozen medical and academic experts about its identification and treatment. Pediatrics professor William B. Carey believes that ADHD is being overdiagnosed, and Dr. William Pelham describes a successful treatment plan based on behavior modification—even as young people with ADHD praise the positive results of taking their meds. Other topics include genetic factors, medication risks, teachers as diagnosticians, and the centuries-long history of medicalizing hyperactivity.
From physical violence to harassment and now cyberbullying, bullying has never been a bigger problem in our schools than it is today. This four-part video series provides school administrators with all of the necessary tools for implementing a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention program. Unlike other programs that take a patchwork approach, "The ABCs of Bullying Prevention" offers practical, evidence-based strategies that will help school administrators, school guidance counselors and teachers prevent bullying at the classroom, school, and district levels. It will also help them know how to respond when bullying does occur. The
A follow-up to Democracy Left Behind: NCLB and Civic Education (item #39484), this program looks at community-based learning in K–12 education. The film explores a wide variety of educational settings in which action-oriented lessons enable students to work outside the classroom, in their own communities. While taking nothing away from the importance of traditional academic subjects, the film promotes the idea that math, reading, and other areas are more effectively explored if students care about what they are learning—rather than being drilled with subject matter divorced from their real lives and the environments that often impact them.
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