FIU Study Finds Weighted Vests, Stability Balls Not Helpful For Students With ADHD
A recently published Florida International University study found that weighted vests and stability balls are not effective in helping elementary-aged children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder focus in class, although teachers and school-based occupational therapists commonly use these tools. The scientific reasoning behind why these devices were believed to be effective makes sense: The vests, which contain sandbags collectively weighing about 5 to 10 percent of the wearer’s body weight, are believed to help calm children's central nervous systems and therefore help them concentrate. And stability balls, which can be actual balls used in place of chairs or cushions that are placed on top of chairs, allow children to expend excess energy by moving around. But researchers at FIU's Center for Children and Families were discouraged by a lack of evidence demonstrating that they work for kids with ADHD. So they studied the question — and found the vests and balls had no
FIU Cancer Study Focuses On Vulnerable Latino Transgender Populations In Miami, San Juan
A team of researchers at Florida International University and two other colleges is hoping to find out what barriers are keeping Latino transgender people from getting screened for breast and cervical cancer and better educate that population about their risks of developing the diseases.
During 'Learning Walks,' Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Districts Will Offer Lessons For Improving Teaching
In February, groups of educators from five school districts throughout the state will be visiting classrooms in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, in hopes of learning how to improve teaching throughout Florida.
South Florida Teachers, Parents Suggest Changes To Proposed Academic Standards During Forum
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is moving forward with one of the Republican’s chief campaign promises: eliminating Common Core academic standards from Florida schools. Shortly after taking office in January, DeSantis issued an executive order directing the state Department of Education to review Florida’s academic standards and provide recommended changes by the end of the year. The department must “articulate how Florida will eliminate Common Core,” according to the order. DeSantis also demanded “a roadmap to make Florida's standards No. 1 in the nation.” Education Commissioner and former House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican, took that directive one step further during a public forum on revisions to the standards at a Palm Beach County high school on Monday night. “We’re going to have the world’s best standards,” Corcoran said. “If we get this right, we are literally going to change the hearts and minds and souls of our schoolchildren.” Common Core is a set of academic
University Of Miami Unveils New Financial Aid Plan Likely To Benefit Low-Income Students
Starting with next fall's freshman class, the University of Miami will take steps to meet the financial need of all admitted undergraduate students who live in Florida, with the exception of immigrants who are not here legally. The school's new plan, called "UM Within Reach," guarantees meeting the "demonstrated financial need" of admitted Floridians who are eligible for federal aid — meaning, they're U.S. citizens. The plan would also apply to all students who are accepted through the early admission program, which is binding. The plan doesn't mean students' tuition bills will be zero. Many families and students would still need to take out federal loans and pay some money out of pocket. "Whatever's left over is what we try to meet with grant money from the university," Chris Magnan, senior advisor of financial literacy, said during a Facebook live video announcing the new plan Wednesday evening. The university starts with the full cost of attendance, which ranges from $62,000 to $74