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Great opportunity for students with ADHD and autism

from Yale School of Medicine

Activate was developed the Yale School of Medicine in a NIH (National Institute of Health) funded project designed to target Executive Function skills in children with ADHD and Autism. We currently have pilot programs deployed in over 100 districts across the U.S. and Canada and the results so far have been very good. Over the last few years the program has proven exceptionally successful in the SPED classroom. The results have been so promising that last year the NIH gave the program the NIH Directors Award and $4 million to continue research and development. As part of the research program they have also required us to set up additional pilots in schools in every state.

Loudoun County Public Schools, a large district in Northern Virginia/DC metro area, is piloting the C8 Sciences program "Activate" in one elementary school this year. After a site visit and presentation on the program that included related case study research from Ken Coleman, President, and Dr. Bruce Wexler, Yale Neuroscientist and Researcher, key leadership of the Department of Pupil Services were optimistic regarding the potential benefits for our students. Based on principal and staff interest, technology access and school based and pupil services staff support, LCPS agreed to pilot the program for 50 selected general and special education students identified with attention deficit disorder and/or challenges with executive functioning skills. School staff also decided to add the physical activity component to the program with the support of their physical education teacher to maximize benefit. At this time data is not available since participation for the prescribed number of weeks has not yet been completed but school staff are excited and optimistic about the prospect of positive results and students are enjoying their participation in the activities.

Click here for a brief presentation on Activate.

For more information about becoming one of the Pilot Districts, contact Donna Ellis, Ed.D or telephone 904-647-8607 and mention you found out about this opportunity from CASE! more


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