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Study: Very preterm kindergartners face learning trouble
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Kindergartners who were born extremely prematurely are much more likely to have learning problems than their peers who were born at term, even if they do not have overall intellectual impairment, new research shows. More than a third of children in the study with learning problems were not enrolled in special education programs, researchers found. The results underscore the importance of continuing to track these children as they reach preschool and school age, to monitor them for learning difficulties and provide interventions as needed. More

Q-and-A: The unappreciated benefits of dyslexia
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Normally dyslexia is considered a handicap: a mental deficiency that makes reading, long-division and remembering whether letters and numbers face left or right difficult. Challenging this view, learning disabilities experts Brock and Fernette Eide argue that dyslexia is an alternative way brains can be wired — one with many advantages. More

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Shortage of special education teachers includes their teachers
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School districts often find themselves short of special education teachers, even as they lay off other educators. The Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment project found that part of the shortage is because of an ongoing dearth of special education faculty that may grow worse in the near future. Concern over the shortage of faculty in the special education field led to creation of SEFNA with grant money from the U.S. Department of Education's office of special education programs. More

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Research: Human brain development does not stop at adolescence
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A research team's study shows the human brain doesn't stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s. The research results revealed that young adult brains were continuing to develop wiring to the frontal lobe; tracts responsible for complex cognitive tasks such as inhibition, high-level functioning and attention. The researchers speculated that this may be due to a plethora of life experiences in young adulthood such as pursing post-secondary education, starting a career, independence and developing new social and family relationships. More

NCLD public policy director testifies to house on accountability
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The National Center for Learning Disabilities' public policy director, Laura Kaloi, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education on accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its importance to students with disabilities. Kaloi testified on the importance of holding schools accountable for the performance of students with disabilities and ensuring parents are knowledgeable about the achievement of their children. More

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Adjusting to college as a young adult with ADHD
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College requires self-advocacy, time management and good memory skills — all of which are challenges for students with ADHD. Carl O'Donnell, a freelance writer and journalism/English double major at Temple University, wonders if he can cope with his symptoms and get his act together before his grades start to suffer. More

Connecticut school serves children with learning differences
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The Prospect School in Danbury, Conn., is just getting off the ground. But its mission is clear — to help students with language based differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and ADHD. "For me to work on a project like this is exciting and personally meaningful," said Andrew Gray, director and CFO at the Wooster school. Gray, who is dyslexic, says he knows "exactly what a difference this can make in a student's life, to be able to deliver the right curriculum, in the right way, makes such a difference." More

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College students learn RTI while volunteering at Washington state school
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Lacey Elementary School in Olympia, Wash., has become a learning laboratory for about 20 Saint Martin’s University students. The aspiring educators volunteer 90 minutes a day, four days a week, leading reading groups and doing other activities to help support the school-wide Response to Intervention program. The academic model provides individualized instruction and gives extra support to kids who are struggling to keep up with their peers in literacy. More

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More concern on loosened special education spending rules
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A collection of 16 groups submitted a letter to Maryland’s congressional representatives expressing their disapproval of the federal Department of Education's ruling that allows school districts to reduce special education funding on a yearly basis. The bottom line: The groups want Education Secretary Arne Duncan to take back the new spending guidelines. More

Revamped special education program puts focus on students
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Community Unit School District 300 in Carpentersville, Ill., has restructured its special education program — renaming its Pupil Personnel Services Department "Education Services" — and schools such as Dundee Middle school are taking a more "student-focused" approach. Most of the growth this school year is in professional development — training general and special education teachers to work together in a classroom. More

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