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JohnL Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Special Education
Charlottesville, Virginia
I'm a professor at the University of Virginia where I teach and conduct research about the problems of students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. My research has focused mostly on evidence-based methods for teaching these students academic skills and... Full Bio
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Autism awareness by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health World Autism Awareness Day is upon us. Check on it! While you’re thinking about the topic, learn a lot by watching Fred Volkmar’s presentation about interventions for Autism ... Read on »
Altering Autism insurance coverage legislation in VA by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Writing in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Olympia Meola reported on potential changes in support for insurance coverage for therapy for children with Autism in the Commonwealt ... Read on »
EBD and GLBTQ by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health No, it’s not alphabet soup, and yes, discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth does belong here. Some parents of children and youth with EB ... Read on »
ASAT newsletter’s available by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For those readers interested in Autism who do not already subscribe to the newsletter of the Association for Science in Autism (ASAT), I have a nourishing treat: The latest ... Read on »
Follow up of Fast Track by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health These are the lead researchers in the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group with their current universities (over the years, some have changed affiliations): Karen Bier ... Read on »
Autism legislation in Virginia by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Under the headline “Autism legislation advances in Virginia” in the Washington Post Fredrick Kunkle and Anita Kumar reported about the slow-but-significant progress that par ... Read on »
CCBD conference 2011 by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is hosting a meeting at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk (VA, US) and the registration deadline is t ... Read on »
NAS presses MH pubs by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Noting recent news in the US, the National Academy of Sciences has taken the opportunity to promote some of its publications related to mental health. Among these is one tha ... Read on »
The Congressional Mental Health Caucus by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Sadly, mental health has been in the US news of late. I’m reminded that in the US legislature there is the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, which takes as its goals reduc ... Read on »
Deer’s fraud case in BMJ by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Brian Deer, the journalist who has doggedly pursued the story about a link between materials in vaccines and the onset of childhood Autism proposed by Dr. Andrew Wakefield a ... Read on »
More props for Mr. Artest by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Ron Artest’s PSA for LA Mental Health Professional basketball player Ron Artest, who admits that he experienced difficulties as a youth and an adult, has been promoting ment ... Read on »
Smoking while pregnant and ADHD by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Over on LD Blog I have a couple of posts about biological studies firming up possible neuropsychological linkages for maternal smoking and disorders such as ADHD. There are ... Read on »
Teaching about mental health by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Teachers who are concerned about helping students understand mental health issues have at least one sensible places where they can go for teaching resources: Breaking the Si ... Read on »
On the tech trail by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’m not usurping the responsibilities of our assistive tech friends, but for those who are interested, over on Squidalicious one can find a good first-person run-down of iPa ... Read on »
Mental Health Initiative by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Sometimes folks lose sight of the fact that disability and mental health issues are international in scope. They’re not confined just to one’s own neighborhood, locality, ge ... Read on »
Props for Ron Artest by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Some readers of EBD Blog might know that I follow basketball. That gives me a unique opportunity to mix my interest in hoops with my concern about EBD in this post. I have t ... Read on »
Sugar’s still not to blame by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The sugar-makes-kids-hyper hypothesis is still false. Dan Willingham stuck another fork in it. Roasty-toasty. All done. Fizzle. Now, I’m not advocating a high-fructose, feed ... Read on »
Reauthorize JJDPA by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The US Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was originally enacted in 1974, provides funding to states that employ practices designed to avoid inap ... Read on »
Rechecking Stephen Wiltshire by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Some long-time readers will remember that I featured a story about Stephen Wiltshire, a young man from the United Kingdom who, although diagnosed as having Autism, has treme ... Read on »
If we ignore problems, they don’t go away by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Ignoring children’s mental health problems will just make things worse. Left to their own devices, very few kids are likely to work things out independently. And a lot more ... Read on »