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Obama plan for special education leaves advocates disappointed
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Despite a heavy emphasis on education in the president's budget proposal, advocates are worried that students with disabilities are being left out. Funding for special education would remain largely flat under President Barack Obama's proposed budget for 2013. Meanwhile, money for new programs like Race to the Top — a competitive grant program that awards money to states that commit to reform models — would grow dramatically. And that has some advocates concerned. More

Dyslexia-linked genetic variant decreases midline crossing of auditory pathways
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Finnish scientists have found that a rare dyslexia-linked genetic variant of the ROBO1 gene decreases normal crossing of auditory pathways in the human brain. The weaker the expression of the gene is, the more abnormal is the midline crossing. The results link, for the first time, a dyslexia-susceptibility gene to a specific sensory function of the human brain. More

Brain imaging differences evident at 6 months in infants who develop autism
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A new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism. More

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Developmental coordination disorder often misdiagnosed as ADHD
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Children showing difficulty carrying out routine actions, such as getting dressed, playing with particular types of games, drawing, copying from the board in school and even typing at the computer, could be suffering from developmental coordination disorder (DCD), and not necessarily from ADHD or other more familiar disorders, points out Prof. Sara Rosenblum of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa, whose new study set out to shed new light on DCD. "In quite a few cases, children are not diagnosed early enough or are given an incorrect diagnosis, which can lead to frustration and a sense of disability. It can even result in a decline that requires psychological therapy," she explains. More

Study: 1 in 4 fake ADHD symptoms to get drugs
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There is a growing concern that some college students are faking attention deficit disorder just so they can get their hands on the powerful stimulant Adderall. Doctors at the University of Minnesota's health clinic say they have seen an increase in the number of students being prescribed Adderall. The drug helps it users remain alert and focused. More

President's budget would boost spending for infants, toddlers
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While in general, President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal keeps special education spending at about the same level as in the 2012 budget, a few programs would get a boost if he gets his way. The president proposes increasing special education programs for infants and toddlers by $20 million for a total of $462.7 million — that would be a 5 percent bump for a relatively small program that serves only a few hundred thousand children, in comparison to the millions of students with disabilities in public schools. (In another nod to early intervention and support, the president also calls for an increase in the budget for Head Start of about $85 million, for a total of $8 billion.) More

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Proposal would allow states to replace NCLB measures
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House Republicans pushed ahead with a plan to update the federal No Child Left Behind education law by shifting more control to states and school districts in determining whether children are learning. A hearing on a pair of bills to have states develop their own systems to identify low-performing schools and turn them around came days after President Barack Obama freed 11 states from some of the George W. Bush-era law's most stringent mandates. To get waivers, states had to submit plans and get the administration's approval. More

New Jersey districts share special-education grant
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The New Jersey Department of Education awarded grants worth either $75,000 or $100,000 each to six districts that have shown success in developing curricula for students with disabilities. The awards, for performance in the 2010-11 school year, were funded in part by federal money for students with disabilities and are to be used to beef up programs for those students. More

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Motor skills affected by autism
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Often, children with autism have difficulties developing motor skills, such as throwing a ball, learning how to write, or running. However, a study published in the journal Autism, suggests that autism itself, not genetics, may be to blame. The research was conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. More

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