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Conclusions on San Diego Unified's big special education shift
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It was the biggest change in the way San Diego Unified educates its students with special needs in a decade, and Voice of San Diego wanted to know how the district had coped with the transition. In 2008, after a report concluded that children with disabilities were too often being segregated into separate classrooms, the district began a concentrated effort to include far more children with special needs in general education classrooms in their neighborhood schools. The shift required a complex reorganization of where kids with special needs would go to school. More

Group acts to address overidentification of black children as disabled
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A new initiative hopes to tackle one of special education's most persistent problems: the disproportionate identification of black children as having disabilities. Now, the National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities will use grant money from the Oak Foundation to train parents how to better advocate for their children and address this persistent disproportionality. More

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LDA provides national platform for comments on success and failure of national education reform at Learning Disabilities Conference
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The Learning Disabilities Association of America, known for advocacy and cradle-to-work support for children and adults with learning disabilities, will focus numerous sessions at the national conference in Chicago on federal reforms that are affecting all schools and all students in every district in the United States. 200 breakout sessions and topical workshops will be provided by leading experts in special and general education, mental health, education research, best classroom techniques and adult issues.


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When teens with autism want to drive
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In the first study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder, child development and teen driving experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies found that two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive. More

Teacher's passion to help dyslexic students pays off
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It was the same thing year after year: A small percentage of students in Rebecca Tolson's class struggled with reading because of dyslexia. Tolson authored and advocated for Ohio House Bill 157, which was passed by the General Assembly and aims to help dyslexic students throughout Ohio. More

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Cardiac screening is not routine before prescribing ADHD medications
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Twenty-four percent of 525 pediatricians surveyed agreed that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should undergo cardiac screening before taking stimulants, according to a study published online in Pediatrics. Although postmarketing reports during the past decade have shown cases of sudden cardiac death in children with ADHD who were taking stimulants, findings from studies specifically addressing the topic have been inconsistent, said Dr. Laurel K. Leslie of Tufts Medical Center, Boston and colleagues. More

Addressing bullying of students with disabilities
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The Expert Advisory Group of the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention recently developed guidance for schools concerning bullying prevention for students with disabilities. This is an important area because these are students who are disproportionately targets of bullying and they sometimes exhibit bullying-related behaviors that are also part of their disabilities. The latter makes it hard to know how to apply more general school rules regarding bullying. More

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For kids with ADHD, some foods may complement treatment
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You may remember the controversial studies linking food coloring and additives to hyperactivity in kids. Or you may know parents who have pinned their hopes on an elimination diet to improve their kids' rowdy behavior. A review paper published in the journal Pediatrics evaluated the evidence from many studies on this topic. And it concludes that changing a child's diet is usually not enough to effectively treat ADHD. More

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Poll: Cyberbullying a problem around the globe
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More than 10 percent of parents around the world say their child has been cyberbullied and nearly one-fourth know a youngster who has been a victim, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll. And more than three-quarters of people questioned in the global survey thought cyberbullying differed from other types of harassment and warranted special attention and efforts from parents and schools. More

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