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Dyslexia may be caused by signal processing problem in brain
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The learning disability dyslexia is caused by a problem with signal processing involving speech recognition in the brain, according to a new study. Although they do not lack intelligence, people with dyslexia have trouble reading, understanding and explaining individual words or entire texts. Researchers in Germany found this is because a part of their brain's thalamus — called the "medial geniculate body" — does not process speech sounds correctly. More

Educators using new tools to overcome challenges of dyslexia
The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The letters change places or appear jumbled. Several words run together and look like one compound word. Sometimes the words may appear to float up to the next line. These are just a few of the many symptoms of dyslexia, which covers a broad range of learning disabilities, experts say. More

Kids with disabilities suspended nearly twice as much
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Students with disabilities are being suspended from school at about twice the rate of their typically developing peers, with odds soaring even higher depending on the child's race. Some 13 percent of kids with special needs across the country were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year. That compares with just over 7 percent of other students. More

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Obama special education chief calls it quits
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The nation's top special education official is leaving the Obama administration for a job in the private sector. Alexa Posny, who has served as assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services since 2009, will step down from her post at the U.S. Department of Education. More

For dyslexic and visually impaired students, a free high-tech solution
MindShift (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. Nearly every night for 12 years of school, Elizabeth's mother would sit down and read her daughter's school work to her because that's the only choice they had. But a few months before starting college, Elizabeth discovered an online library called, run by a small nonprofit called Benetech. "My life changed as I entered the world of accessible literature," Elizabeth wrote on Bookshare's blog. More


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Study: Antipsychotics prescribed to treat ADHD in more children and teens
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The number of children and teens taking antipsychotic medications has skyrocketed in recent years, with psychiatrists prescribing the drugs in nearly one-in-three visits with youth, a new study found. More

Being a minority at America's best high school
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anita Kinney writes, "Yes, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology had a Hispanic student body president with a learning disability." More

Reconsidering Learning: Students and Their Environment AET's 34th National Conference
October 19-21, 2012 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Washington, DC, feature speakers: Carol Kranowitz, MA, Deborah Waber, PhD, Maryanne Wolf, EdD,
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Teen and heroic teacher persevere to beat special education label
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hanna Plasker hated the label, "special education." Other than her reading and writing problem, she was regular kid in every other way. Gregarious, fun-loving and smart, she hid her disorder from friends. She had already experienced the stereotyping that often comes with the term "special education" and its assumption of low expectations. More

Special education reform brings New York City more in line with national trend
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After a two-year pilot phase, changes to the teaching of special education students are coming to almost all the schools in the massive New York City public school system. The theme of the reforms is inclusion, both on the individual school level and systemwide. While many of the details and mechanics are still unclear, and will differ from school to school, education officials say a successful special education program will be one that demonstrates flexibility and as much integration as an individual student can handle, based on his or her particular challenges. More

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Peer-mediation programs possible answer for autistic students in rural schools
Education Week's Rural Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Peer-mediation instruction and intervention programs could be a good option for rural schools that want to address the communication and social needs of their autistic students. A new paper, "Power-PALS (Peers Assisting, Leading, Supporting): Implementing A Peer-Mediated Intervention in a Rural Middle School Program," recently published in the Rural Special Education Quarterly highlighted one rural district's program as a "promising practice." More

Evolution stands up to bullies
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stop bullying: It's not just a public service slogan, its an evolutionary rallying cry. As a national campaign urges parents and children to stand up to bullying, a biomathematician at the University of Tennessee says the urge to band together against strong aggressors is a key to humanity's success as a species. More

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Intellectual disabilities in your classroom: 9 tips for teachers
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 445,000 students with intellectual disabilities receive special education and related services in our public schools. Perhaps you're one of their teachers. If you have a student with an intellectual disability in your classroom, you already know that he or she has special learning needs. But how do you address those learning needs in positive and effective ways that really help the student learn? More

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