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Study: Signs of dyslexia start before reading
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Signs of dyslexia may begin even before a child tries to read, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols, cannot just be considered a language problem anymore, as it affects comprehension and visual understanding of symbols and patterns, said Andrea Facoetti, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Padova and co-author of the study. It has been widely "accepted that reading disorders arise from a spoken language problem, [but] results demonstrate the critical role played by visual attention in learning to read." More

Autism science is moving 'stunningly fast'
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Across the country, researchers are scanning the brains of hundreds of autistic children, looking for insights into a condition that has proved frustratingly hard to understand. Autism, which now afflicts more than 1 million children in the USA, is associated with a spectrum of disabilities, including repetitive behaviors and problems socializing and communicating. The quest to unravel the mystery — and get children and families the help they need — has become more urgent as autism has become more widely diagnosed. More

Special education segregation probe zeroes in on Georgia education department
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The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate a complaint alleging that the Georgia Department of Education violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by using a school funding formula that encourages districts to unnecessarily segregate students with disabilities to receive more money, the Southern Poverty Law Center said. The civil rights organization said it filed a complaint with the Justice Department over the issue in November. More

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30,000 students with disabilities use private school vouchers
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The tally of students with disabilities who attend private schools using vouchers is about 30,000 nationwide, a new report from the Alliance for School Choice says. The Allliance says there are 10 school choice programs just for students with disabilities, including the largest and one of the oldest, in Florida, and one that begins this fall in Ohio. More

ADHD drug shortage to end soon
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After months of Americans being unable to fill their drug prescriptions for medications that are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the shortages are expected to end in April. Many ADHD medications, such as Adderall, have been in short supply since 2011. More

Students needing special education in Oregon on the rise
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The number of students in special education across Oregon continues to climb as schools struggle to meet state graduation and learning targets for them, according to the Oregon Department of Education data. The state released two reports on Oregon's 84,707 kids in special education, outlining the number of students needing specialized services and a report card detailing how well districts are meeting those needs. More

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Opinion: We're not paying enough attention to ADHD
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Like a fourth-grader who keeps jumping out of his chair, the uptick in America's ADHD epidemic demands our attention. According to a new report in Academic Pediatrics, the number of doctor's visits by children being given a diagnosis or treatment for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder jumped to a total of 10.4 million in 2010, representing a 66 percent increase over the year 2000. More

CDC helps educators identify students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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The Centers for Disease Control has just released startling new numbers: one in every 88 children is now identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Considering the rising prevalence of the diagnosis, up from 6.6 for each 1,000 children in 2002 to 11.3 in 2008, it's not surprising that teachers are increasingly among the first to identify students with autism. New tools from the CDC are making it easier for educators and parents to identify behavioral milestones earlier than ever, through play. More

Acquainting parents with new special ed plans
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New York City's Department of Education is changing the way it provides services to students with disabilities starting next school year, with the idea that these students usually will do better in school when they learn alongside classmates without disabilities. The goals behind so-called special education reform, which is being pilot tested in more than 250 schools this year, include giving students with an individualized education plan, or I.E.P., increased access to general education classrooms and allowing them to attend their neighborhood school, as often as is possible. More

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Studies link autism to genes, father's age
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New research on hundreds of families affected by autism is offering the strongest evidence yet that gene mutations — which are more likely among older fathers — increase a child's odds of the developmental disability. The findings come from three studies published in the journal Nature looking at the genetic makeup of parents and their children with autism in more than 500 families. In each case, the parents displayed no signs of autism but had at least one child with the disorder. More

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