A new private school in Las Vegas is tailoring instruction to meet the needs of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Lessons at the Lexis Prep School are paced for students who have the disorder and are aimed at building their confidence. The school will cap class sizes at 12.
A preschool on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, doubles as a laboratory for university groups studying the effects of inclusion classroom environments on young children with special needs. Other research at the preschool has included studies about student-teacher interaction and positive behavior supports in early education. As many as 15% of the 240 students have disabilities, say school officials.
Organization is key to prevent student activities from turning into chaos, writes blogger Anthony Cody, a National Board-certified middle-school science teacher who now coaches other science educators. Most students have had little experience with such experiences so they need to learn how to work cooperatively, follow directions, collect data carefully and manage their time.
Parents of children with autism who travel frequently for work face special difficulties in keeping schedules consistent, experts say. "I can't explain anything," said television producer Candi Nichols Carter, whose child, Emerson, has autism and is nonverbal. "I had to go to Vegas for four days to work on a show. ... I can't explain that to him. ... The next day, he wakes up and his mother is just gone. It's got to be traumatizing."
Gifted teens as well as those with learning disabilities are increasingly looking to GED classes as an alternative to a high-school diploma, say community college officials who often run GED programs. The nontraditional setting appealed to Kristina Andriotakis, who finished her GED in six months so she could start college sooner, and Jennifer Drew, who found the smaller class sizes and individualized curriculum helped her manage her dyslexia.