Maternal physical and verbal aggression combined was associated with increased odds of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, among teens, according to a report published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect. Having fathers who were verbally or physically aggressive also were linked to increased mental health risks.
Pinellas County, Fla., schools are rolling out a tutoring program called Promise Time that will provide extra support to about 2,800 students at high-poverty schools. Educators will use test scores and school performance to identify students for the program, which is held after school.
In a letter to state education officials, the U.S. Department of Education said applied behavior analysis should be provided in cases where there is a demonstrated need. The letter comes after an Ohio couple sued the state's early-intervention program for refusing to pay for the therapy for their son.
Students who are identified as gifted in Houston County schools in Georgia are using a new gifted-education program this school year. The district has replaced its weekly gifted-enrichment courses with a daily, full-time gifted curriculum. "It's not that they're going through the curriculum any faster," principal Doug Rizer said, "but they're going much deeper and with more rigor."
More than 70% of individuals with disabilities have been verbally, physically or sexually abused at some point in their life, according to a survey of 7,200 individuals with disabilities, their family members and service professionals. The survey, by the Disability and Abuse Project, also found that about half of the incidents of abuse were never reported to authorities, and only 10% of reported cases led to arrests.