Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Ever try to reason with a toddler in the middle of a full-blown tantrum? What you quickly realize is that not only are they super loud but bribing, pleading, threatening “time outs” and raising your voice are all useless acts of desperation. The most effective approach is to get down to eye level and talk […]

Children working together on project.

Engineering the Classroom for Success and Positive Outcomes

If the idea of a classroom with a grid of desks occupied by a group of nearly identical children who sit in silence while the teacher stands before the board speaking is not your ideal, then you’re already on your way to creating a class room for diverse learners. Soon you won’t even be thinking […]

Learning Links Profile: Abila Tazanu M.D.

Abila Tazanu M.D. has a unique perspective on the daily challenges and long term triumphs of all parents with kids on the autism spectrum. It is an insider view that she is using to change the way children with developmental disabilities are screened. Her passion makes sense. Doctor Tazanu is not only one of Prince […]

Rebecca Reinz

Rebecca Reinz — Pathfinders for Autism

Not all teenagers are problems. Now celebrating their 15th year, Pathfinders for Autism is a teenager that continues to be a kind, reliable, and comprehensive guiding voice for individuals, parents, and professionals navigating the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. Learning Links had the chance to sit down with Pathfinder’ executive director, Rebecca Rienz and get […]

Josie Thomas

Learning Links Profile: Josie Thomas

In an age where directions and maps appear instantly on your phone it seems impossible to ever feel lost. Not so for parents with children who have disabilities. For them feeling lost is part of the process. Navigating the twisting, turning maze of Special Education services and parenting issues is a daunting task that requires […]

Learning Links Profile: Ed Feinberg

Imagine in two days you will be homeless. That is only the tip of the iceberg. You’re also suffering from diabetes. You’ve run out of food stamps. You are a victim of domestic violence and you’re beginning to suspect your toddler has a developmental delay. Things are pretty bleak but assistance is out there and […]

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Learning Links Profile: Cathy Goucher of Make Studio

Artists make things and the artists in Make Studio in Baltimore, a collective of talented artists with disabilities, certainly do that, but the vision of the community-based arts organization is far deeper. As Cathy Goucher, one of the studio’s founders sees it, the mission of the studio is to put art and the artist’s abilities […]

Learning Links Profile: Brenda Hussey-Gardner, P.H.D.

Inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center you’ll find a very advanced level of neonatal care. With state-of-the-art equipment, advanced monitoring techniques and sophisticated medication, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) specialists help vulnerable babies grow into healthy children. That journey is not purely a physical one. Many premature babies […]

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Get To Know – Terry Scott

We had a chance to sit down with the Director of Education at the Kennedy Krierger Institute, Montgomery County, Terry Scott, and hear how this very successful program works.