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Dyslexia definition now covers wider range of reading disorders
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There are several myths about the reading disability known as dyslexia, according to Cornell Atwater, director of Washington state's Issaquah"s Learning Rx Center, including: dyslexia has nothing to do with mixing up letters; people who have dyslexia do not necessarily see words differently than other people; and, persons diagnosed with dyslexia do not have one single form of reading disorder. More

Learning disabilities and the arts
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It's minutes before the curtain is set to rise for this year's production of the Black History Month play at Henderson Inclusion Elementary School on a late February morning. Students are excitedly tending to last-minute costume fixes and teachers are busy issuing their last tidbits of advice. But there's one teacher here who's clearly in charge: the play's director, Darlene Jones-Inge. More

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Advocates, big pharma make push for autism drugs
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In what's being billed as the largest single autism research investment ever, academics, advocates and drug makers are teaming up in an effort to develop medications to treat the disorder. The $38.7 million effort is being spearheaded by Autism Speaks, King's College London and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche. Other drug makers on board include Eli Lilly, Servier, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Pfizer and Vifor Pharma. More

Demystifying LD: 18 facts you need to know
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Learning disabilities (LD) — what they are (and what they are not) — continue to be a source of confusion for many people. Here are some key facts to keep in mind. A learning disability is a biological "processing" problem that impairs a person's ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell and do math calculations. More

States look to enact cyberbullying laws
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Lawmakers in at least five states aim to stiffen or enact cyberbullying laws as national concern grows over electronic harassment and its deadly consequences. The states — Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine and New York — want to put penalties on the books for the types of digital bullying that led students in several states to commit suicide. More

Engaging students with learning disabilities early on
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Students with learning disabilities are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Betty Ann Bowser visited an elementary school that practices early intervention — engaging students with technology and art to improve their chances of earning a diploma. More

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Children with autism bullied 3 times more
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In the largest look ever at autism and bullying, new research shows that children on the spectrum are significantly more likely than other kids to be bullied. Researchers polled nearly 1,200 parents across the country and found that 63 percent of kids with autism have been bullied. What's more, some 39 percent of parents said their child with autism had been bullied within the last month compared to just 12 percent of typically developing siblings. More

Shelly Prenger believes building connections makes better educators
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Primary school principal Shelly Prenger began her career as a special education and kindergarten teacher 17 years ago. Prenger said she was drawn to the profession after working as a high school student with children who have special needs, and she believes in the importance of fostering relationships among students and staff. More

Discovery of biomarkers for autism could lead to diagnostic test
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An important step towards developing a rapid, inexpensive diagnostic method for autism has been taken by Uppsala University, among other universities. Through advanced mass spectrometry the researchers managed to capture promising biomarkers from a tiny blood sample. The study has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Translational Psychiatry. More

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Repair tech goes to bat for autistic pros
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Eric Hogan is one of the working few. He wishes there were more. A repair technician at C Spire Wireless, Hogan, 38, has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism characterized by difficulties in social interaction and repetitive behavior patterns. But Hogan's autism also is defined by hyperfocus, extreme attention to detail and deep knowledge — traits all employers covet. More

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