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Show and tell for teachers, inspired by reality TV
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Great teaching, it is sometimes said, is one of those things where you know it when you see it. Now, teachers in Washington will be able to see a lot more of it. In deference to a world enthralled by shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the public school district in Washington has hired a reality television company to produce videos intended to improve the skills of its teachers. More

Widely used pesticide seems to harm boys' brains more than girls'
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A widely used pesticide – banned in homes but still commonly used on farms – appears to harm boys' developing brains more than girls', according to a new study of children in New York City. In boys, exposure to chlorpyrifos in the womb was associated with lower scores on short-term memory tests compared with girls exposed to similar amounts. More

Special needs kids staying in traditional schools
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The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren't always readily open to those requiring special education. The issue is particularly acute in districts where enrollment has declined due to demographic changes such as low birth rates and population shifts combined with an influx of charter schools and voucher programs that have siphoned off students. School district officials say all schools that receive public funds should share the cost of special education. More

Technology Meets Tranquility at The Storm King School
With a campus rich in technology support for all students, including those in a program for bright college-bound students with learning differences, The Storm King School offers a welcome sense of balance. Teachers use a 6,000-acre forest classroom adjacent to campus for environmental science labs, experiential lessons, and art in the spirit of the Hudson River School painters. For more information, go to

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Updated: An insightful Q&A with Dr. Larry Silver: An inside look at DSM 5
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The update to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM 5, will be released in May 2013 during the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This Q&A by Dr. Larry Silver, co-chair of the LDA Professional Advisory Board, summarizes the DSM revision process and provides insight into the impact on the learning disabilities community. This article was first published in the July 26, 2012, issue of THE LD SOURCE. It is reprinted here with updated information highlighted. More

 In the News

How Johnson & Johnson is cutting out toxics
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Would you use skin lotion that contains a known carcinogen, or wash your child's hair with a shampoo that has formaldehyde? Bowing to public pressure to provide safer formulations of everyday products such as these, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is pledging to remove potentially harmful and carcinogenic chemicals from its lotions and adult toiletries by 2015. More

Teens with ADHD may need help making transition to college
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For students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, making the transition to college can be especially difficult. But by adopting certain strategies, such as sticking to a structured daily schedule and tapping into the university's disability support services, freshman with ADHD can do well, according to experts and teens with the condition. More


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Obstacles to learning
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Given the choice between reading a book or coloring, Rebekka Hutchinson will almost always pick up a crayon. Reading is just something the 8-year-old girl has never liked much, says mom Emily Hutchinson. For years, Hutchinson and her husband, Lyle, chalked it up to Rebekka's short attention span — she was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. More

Bookshare plans to make graphics, math in books more accessible
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More resources will be devoted to making math and graphics accessible to students with vision impairments and learning disabilities. The U.S. Education Department just awarded Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bookshare another $32 million in grant money over the course of the next five years to convert more books into versions students with certain disabilities can download and read for free at the same time they are published on paper. 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,
3D Learner Program
We now offer Reading Plus® to further improve reading speed and comprehension. We also leverage both Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic and Talking Books. MORE

Living with dysgraphia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Valerie Bell writes, "The neurological disorder impacts handwriting and word coherence. A reality panelist has seen the effects firsthand in her 11-year-old sister. Life with a younger sister is never easy. She's always hanging out with my friends and loves to bother me when I'm at my job. She insults my wardrobe on a daily basis and enjoys being annoying." More

5 questions to ask before starting your child on ADHD medication
Healthy Mama via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medication for ADHD can make a dramatic difference if it's used appropriately, yet some experts say these pills are being overly prescribed. In fact, according to a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, approximately 2.8 million or 3.5 percent of children were prescribed ADHD medication in 2008, up from 2.4 percent 12 years earlier. More

Support for IEPs in Math

Engage, motivate, and build confidence in math! ALEKS offers a dedicated report that provides detailed student performance data to support the creation of IEPs, helping you to better differentiate instruction to meet your students’ unique needs. Learn more about this report and ALEKS by applying for a special, no-cost pilot.

Focus on strengths to develop skills of students with disabilities
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Noted autism self-advocate Temple Grandin is taking special educators to task for too often dwelling on the challenges students with disabilities face rather than the strengths they possess. "Special educators need to look at what a child can do instead of what he/she cannot do," Grandin writes in an essay on the website TakePart. More

Autism research sees explosive growth
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As autism prevalence rates skyrocketed over the last three decades, so too did the volume of research into the developmental disorder, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis. However, only one third of autism studies included information about their funding sources. There was a 12-fold increase in the number of scientific journal articles focused on autism in the last 30 years, according to a report released by the global information firm Thomson Reuters. More

Need help with struggling readers and writers?

The MediaLexie Scribe 2012 is a unique, free-floating toolbar designed to support individuals in reading and written language activities. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction, note-taking, and phonetic transcription tools, the MediaLexie Scribe 2012 allows students to access and use core content independently.

More delays in brain growth seen with ADHD
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have uncovered more evidence that certain types of delays in brain development seem to be related to a heightened risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. More

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