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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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Another photo for fun by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health E. Guetzloe, G. Sugai, & R. Simpson I was moving some materials from one office to another when I came across this photo of some friends. Believe it or not, I took this with ... Read on »
Open Society Institute 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 »
WWC on Lovaas model by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The US Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) released the results of its review of the model for teaching children with Autism that is based on the work o ... Read on »
What do educators need to know? by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’m asking readers of EBD Blog to help me identify important research questions about interventions for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. As I noted in a par ... Read on »
ABAI on restraint and seclusion by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Based on the work of a task force composed of highly qualified individuals, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has issued position statement about th ... Read on »
Lovaas obituary by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Over on Spedpro I posted a brief account of the research conducted by O. Ivar Lovaas. Professor Lovaas, the eminent behavioral psychologist who developed detailed procedures ... Read on »
ASAT newsletter available by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Those who subscribe to it know that the summer issue of Science in Autism Treatment, the newsletter for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT), arrived today ... Read on »
Steven R. Forness by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health S. R. Forness and J. W. Lloyd, 2005 Sometimes I get to hang around with some really wonderful contributors to the study of emotional and behavior disorders, and the accompa ... Read on »
Brain features associated with neonatal risk for schizophrenia by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, John Gilmore and colleages reported that the size and structure of the brains of newborn boys—but not girls—who are at risk f ... Read on »
FDA warns seller of chelation product by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the producer of a product that is sometimes used by people hoping to eliminate heavy metals from child ... Read on »
Autism mixed with an iPad by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thanks to Liz Ditz, I learned about this fun testimonial from Shannon Rosa: My son Leo’s life was transformed when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a br ... Read on »
CNV and Autism by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Over on Science Based Medicine, David Gorsky has an extended post explaining the finding reported in “ Functional Impact of Global Rare Copy Number Variation in Auti ... Read on »
Bad science? by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In an editorial under the headline “Bad science gets its due,” the editors of the Boston (MA) Globe lament the consequences of Andrew Wakefield’s promotion of a conn ... Read on »
Lock ‘em up! by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In “Handcuffing revives autism reform calls,” Natalie Craig reported about a story that, it seems to me, we’ve heard sometime before now. POLICE handcuffed a ... Read on »
Bipolar or temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria? by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Under the headline “Time to reexamine bipolar diagnosis in children,” Brendan Borrell reports on proposed changes in the American Psychiatric Association s Diagnos ... Read on »
Scitable on Autism by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The publishers of Nature are promoting a new site, Scitable. The publishers bill Scitable as “a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nat ... Read on »
Exceptional Children’s Week by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) declared the week beginning 9 May 2010 to be “ Exceptional Children’s Week .” Pass it along! Sphere: Related Content ... Read on »
Yet another misuse of LD by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In “City Pushes Shift for Special Education,” New York Times reporter Jennifer Medina made the same mistake that many reporters before her have made. She used “learn ... Read on »
Word reading still predicts comprehension by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Justin Wise and colleague examined the reading comprehension of students with differing problems in reading fluency. Some of the students only had difficulty with re ... Read on »
Is LD viable? by JohnL Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health L-to-R: T. Scruggs (foreground), D. Fuchs, M. Gerber, and N. Zigmond At the behest of Rollanda O’Connor, Dan Hallahan gathered four informed peopleNaomi Zigm ... Read on »