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8 things to know about dyslexia
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Dr. Joseph Sirven, a contributor for NBC News, writes: "My parents instilled in me the value of education in providing opportunities in life. As a doctor, preventing and solving medical problems that can disrupt education at an early age is something I believe we both as individuals and as members of the Latino community must address. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disorders that can lead to problems with education, but if identified early, academic concerns can be potentially averted. Here are 8 things you need to know about this condition." More

Flame-retardants may affect a child's attention, IQ.
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Exposure to flame retardants during pregnancy or early childhood may lead to children with poorer attention, motor skills and IQ scores. The study of California children is the most comprehensive one to evaluate cognitive declines in school-aged children exposed to PBDEs. Although most forms of these chemicals have been banned, many household items, including couch cushions, still contain them. More

Nondrug ADHD treatments don't pan out in study
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Many parents pursue costly and time-consuming treatments to help their children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Now, a new study finds little evidence that nondrug interventions reduce key symptoms of ADHD. A multinational team of experts identified no positive effects from psychological treatments including mind exercises (cognitive training), neurofeedback and behavioral training (positive reinforcement). And the researchers discovered only small benefits associated with dietary treatments: supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 free fatty acids, and elimination of artificial food coloring. More

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Students with autism lean towards STEM majors
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A study has found that students with autism chose majors in science, technology, engineering and math — the so-called STEM majors — at higher rates than students without the condition. The findings highlight an often overlooked segment of the population, and could be good news for a nation struggling to increase its levels of hard science expertise. More

School shooting drills: How realistic should they be?
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"I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun at a secretary and custodian. Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage. While an assistant principal dialed 911, the gunman took aim at two students and their principal. All fell to the floor with bloody, fake wounds. More

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Autism speaks through gene expression
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Understanding the altered genetic pathways is critical for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders with symptoms ranging from mild personality traits to severe intellectual disability and seizures. New work to examine which genes are responsible for autism disorders will be presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, held Feb. 2-6 in Philadelphia. More

DOE releases ESEA flexibility brochure and fact sheets
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The U.S. Department of Education released on their website a set of materials that provide a substantive overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility process — also known as ESEA waivers — by which 34 states and the District of Columbia have applied for and received flexibility regarding certain provisions of ESEA. According to the DOE External Affairs and Outreach Team, the intent of these materials — a brochure and five companion fact sheets — is to explain the rationale and intent of ESEA flexibility, as well as address its key components and highlight plan elements for a number of states approved for flexibility. All of the documents can be easily printed and produced as front-to-back copies; the fact sheets are two-pagers, and the brochure is a tri-fold. Click the "MORE" to access the documents and information on specific states. More

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New Mexico may face loss of federal special education funds
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A New Mexico newspaper is reporting that the state could be docked up to $93 million in federal special education funding because it made reductions to the program without U.S. Department of Education approval. The state is facing a penalty because it did not follow a rule known in federal funding circles as "maintenance of state financial support." Normally, states can only keep special education funding level or increase that funding from year to year. But in the depths of the recent recession, several states asked for permission to make temporary cuts because state revenues were falling off. The Education Department granted waivers in some cases, but those that did not get a waiver put their federal special education dollars at risk. More


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Taylor Washington case shows there's no easy answers on learning disabilities
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The miseducation of Taylor Washington, who made it all the way through to college without being able to read, is dramatic but likely not rare. Washington, a Somers soccer standout courted by a slew of Division I schools, was passed along through well-respected public schools, and made it through standout private schools. He was called brilliant by one teacher, lazy by another. In college, after nearly flunking out, he was finally diagnosed with dyslexia. More

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