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Repeated anesthesia in children tied to learning disabilities
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Any time a young child goes in for surgery, parents have plenty of reasons to worry. But a new study adds another potential cause of concern: learning disabilities — from too much anesthesia. A new study shows kids who were exposed more than once to anesthesia and surgery prior to age 2 were three times as likely to develop speech and language problems when compared to children who never had surgeries at that young age. More

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Study shows little difference between poor readers with low IQ, poor readers with high IQ
Stanford School of Medicine's Scope Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have used an imaging technique to show that the brain activation patterns in children with poor reading skills and a low IQ are similar to those in poor readers with a typical IQ. The work provides more definitive evidence about poor readers having similar kinds of difficulties regardless of their general cognitive ability. More

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Mother shares challenges of researching, raising 'little boy lost'
The Chronicle of Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Amy Leal, a teacher in the English department at New York's Syracuse University, writes about her experience researching her 2-year-old son's numerous disabilities, which include dyspraxia and hyperlexia. She describes the despair, frustrations and comforting she has encountered as she tries to understand and meet her son's needs. More

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Teen use of ADHD meds increases sharply
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The use of stimulant medications among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise, particularly among adolescents, a nationally representative survey showed. More

Wisconsin university creates bachelor's program to teach special education
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The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan is creating another collaborative bachelor's degree program with other UW schools, opening up a path to a career in special education that students such as Sheboygan's Bonnie Smith have been waiting for. The program, which will provide freshmen and sophomores with undergraduate work at campuses in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac and Washington County and junior- and senior-level instruction at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth, is one of several collaborations UW-S has created with partner schools. More

California high school program provided work training for 1,500 students last year
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Last year, Career Visions — Santa Clarita, Calif.'s William S. Hart Union High School District's workforce training program for special-education students — provided work training for 1,500 Hart district students. From that number, 250 students landed jobs. By the time students leave Career Visions, they have a new sense of confidence, said Program Supervisor Kevin Sarkissian. More

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Colleges expand efforts to assist students with dyslexia
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even high-achieving students may find it difficult to be admitted to competitive colleges, but for those with dyslexia, the hurdles can be higher. A growing number of colleges, though, are showing a greater appreciation for these students. Some 45 college admissions deans from across the country gathered at Stanford University this past June to learn about high-achieving dyslexic applicants. Experts shared the latest research, and well-known figures described their experiences coping with the disability. More

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Exercises help adults learn to empathize with struggling readers
Kennesaw Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parents of children who struggle with reading were encouraged to understand what their children are going through at a seminar recently in Kennesaw, Ga. The first step is empathy, said Jennifer Hasser, director of Syllables Reading Center, who spoke to parents of special needs children, teachers and advocates. "[Parents] are frustrated because they don't understand where it's coming from," Hasser said of the struggles. "They want to fix it, but they don’t know how." More

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