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Appeals court backs parents in special education placement
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A Colorado school district must reimburse the parents of a student with learning disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral difficulties for the costs of the student's enrollment at an out-of-state residential treatment facility, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case has been watched closely by school board groups and President Barack Obama's administration because it involves the standard for "unilateral" private school placements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More



Kids with health issues targeted for bullying
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Bullying over health issues is common, according to two studies looking at kids with food allergies and those going through weight-loss programs. In one study, almost 32 percent of children with food allergies reported bullying or harassment specifically related to their allergy, often involving threats with food, Dr. Eyal Shemesh, of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and colleagues found. More


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Feds warn school featured in ABC News report: Shock devices violate law
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A Boston area school for severely disabled children has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its use of devices that administer shocks to its students when they misbehave, a form of restraint that is at the extreme end of a practice that has lawmakers calling for nationwide reform. The devices "violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because your facility has failed to obtain FDA clearance or approval," the letter to the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center says. An earlier version had FDA approval. More



Adapting K-12 for students with autism
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Enter "teaching students with autism" in Google, and more than 8 million results pop up instantly. Is it any wonder public school administrators, not to mention parents, are overwhelmed with the task of educating children on the autism spectrum? Educators are learning, however, that there are scientifically proven treatments and protocols that can help them meet federal and state requirements, stretch budgets, avoid litigation and assist families who must continue educating students long after the last bell rings. The National Autism Center's National Standards Project, the most comprehensive report of its kind, researched 775 studies before identifying 11 established treatments and 22 emerging treatments to best teach children with autism from 3 to 22 years old. More


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Experts: Trained police needed for school security
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The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration." While two teachers and three students were injured when the glass shattered in the 2001 attack on Granite Hills High School, Agundez confronted the assailant and wounded him before he could get inside the school and use his second weapon, a handgun. More

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Schools focusing on special-needs students expand
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A peek inside the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder reveals nearly as many adults as youngsters. Most of these children have aides who work with them throughout the school day. Occupational and speech therapists also work side-by-side with some of the students as they forge ahead, despite their disabilities. In the upper levels at Bay Life Academy in Seffner, Fla., a fifth-grader may break away and attend a math course set up for third-graders, so she can work her way up to grade level. A fourth-grader at Livingstone Academy in Riverview may attend a reading class for second-graders, even though he is on-level in other areas. More


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Keep recess in play, pediatricians urge
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Recess is good for a child's body and mind, and withholding these regular breaks in the school day may be counterproductive to healthy child development, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' first policy statement on the issue. Increasing pressures on schools to find more time for academics has resulted in "an erosion of recess time around the country," says statement co-author Robert Murray, a professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University. "But we have a couple of decades of research now that indicates that recess plays a huge role in a child's life, and not just because it's fun." More

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Language development video-based test for toddlers and children with autism
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Parents often wonder how much of the world their young children really understand. Though typically developing children are not able to speak or point to objects on command until they are between eighteen months and two years old, they do provide clues that they understand language as early as the age of one. These clues provide a point of measurement for psychologists interested in language comprehension of toddlers and young children with autism, as demonstrated in a new video-article published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. More
 
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