Category: Blog Posts

Savant Syndrome: What Is It and How Is It Represented in the Media?

Individuals with savant syndrome, a condition in which someone with a neurodevelopmental disorder (such as Autism) is gifted with extraordinary abilities, often make them unique and remarkable people. “Savants” can have exceptional artistic talent, excel at lightning-fast calculations, have incredible calendar-calculating skills, and demonstrate superior memory, among other impressive skills.

Our intern Hailey writes on the Frenalytics blog about how savants are progressively being represented in the media, bringing awareness and acceptance to the table:

What Role Does Technology Play in Special Education?

Over the past decade, technology has increasingly become a standard tool being used in today’s classrooms. The same students who carried textbooks to their classes are now carrying laptops and tablets. Technology creates efficiency and convenience when it comes to learning. However, does this mean it’s the same for special education students?   Defining ‘Special…
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Teacher Feature – How AT Professional Jennifer Gemski Integrates FrenalyticsEDU into Boston College Campus School’s Curriculum

The Campus School at Boston College has been on the forefront of courageous initiatives for students with disabilities since its founding in the 1960s. Fast forward to 2022: Assistive Technology Professional Jennifer Gemski is the highlight of our latest Teacher Feature, and she shares how FrenalyticsEDU is the Campus School’s latest digital initiative to help achieve their mission of realizing the potential of every student.

Learning Loss Due to COVID-19: An In-Depth Look at the Challenges Facing Education and Special Education

The COVID-19 pandemic had widespread effects, especially in the world of education. While the pandemic necessitated a temporary shift to online learning, it soon became apparent that this alternative teaching method was resulting in an increase in learning loss among students – and it did not affect every student equally.   Defining ‘Learning Loss’ and…
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Teacher Burnout and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Teachers play a major role in the development and growth of the next generation. Though their work is so important, teachers have long been overworked and underpaid. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already present stressors and difficulties of a teacher’s day, leading to an increase in feelings of burnout among school staff.    What, exactly,…
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We’ve Come a Long Way: The History and Impact of Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month, recognized and celebrated each July, seeks to “celebrate the intrinsic worth and meaningful contributions” of people with disabilities. Though not formally recognized yet by the United States, its roots go back over 30 years and stem from the historic Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law in 1990.   What is Disability…
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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month: The Staggering Worldwide Impact of Dementia

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain and recognize how Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue – so major, in fact, that Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented or cured.   Alzheimer’s…
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day: What Does Digital Accessibility Mean?

In the world of education, most schools provide students with a personal computer or tablet to access lessons virtually. Accessibility is more important than ever within education, as students need to be able to access their grade level curriculum both in person and online. To promote inclusion in an online world, Global Accessibility Awareness Day…
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World Autism Awareness Month: April from Awareness to Acceptance and Where You Fit into the Shift

April is Autism Awareness Month, which has been progressing into Autism Acceptance Month! World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on April 2 every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder throughout the world.    How did Autism Awareness Month…
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Special Education Classrooms: The Pros and Cons of Each Learning Environment

Special education services have varied over the years and continue to progress, but what exactly does it mean to have a student in a special education classroom? Well, that’s just the thing, there’s not one clear cut answer – special education is highly individualized and customizable.   For both educators and parents, knowing the options…
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