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Early brain changes may indicate dyslexia
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A group of researchers say they may be close to finding a way to resolve what's known as the "dyslexia paradox": the fact that the earlier a child is diagnosed with dyslexia, the easier it is to treat, but because the disorder is characterized by difficulty in reading and speaking, it is not typically diagnosed until a child reaches third grade, which many experts consider to be late. More

Schools' strategy paying off
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Four years ago, McDougle Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C., was not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements as defined by federal guidelines. Last year, it met AYP for the first time in three years, raised reading and math scores for the entire school, made progress in closing its achievement gap, reduced discipline referrals, and reduced the number of students being referred for Exceptional Children services. Administrators credit the progress to the implementation of Response to Intervention plans, which were introduced at pilot schools last year. More

Districts must expand definition, services to students with disabilities
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A new letter from the Office for Civil Rights at the federal education department details how school districts should act on some changes to federal law regarding people with disabilities. The letter expands the range of students to whom school districts' may have to provide special education services and accommodations, including some who in the past may have been found not to need those services. More

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Lip-reading discovery could aid autism diagnosis
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It was long believed that babies learned to talk by listening. But new research suggests that youngsters lip-read, a development that could have implications for diagnosing autism earlier. The findings come from a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looking at how children ages four months, six months, eight months, ten months and 12 months react to speech. More

Neural network gets an idea of number without counting
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An artificial brain has taught itself to estimate the number of objects in an image without actually counting them, emulating abilities displayed by some animals including lions and fish, as well as humans. The finding may also help us to understand dyscalculia — where people find it nearly impossible to acquire basic number and arithmetic skills — and enhance robotics and computer vision. More

Study: New definition of autism will exclude many
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Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. Most experts expect that the new manual will narrow the criteria for autism; the question is how sharply. More

NIH announces funding for new learning disabilities research centers
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Funding for four centers to conduct research on the causes and treatment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents has been provided by the National Institutes of Health. The centers were established in 1989 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The NICHD Learning Disabilities Research Centers are supported by the institute's Child Development and Behavior Branch. Funding for the centers is provided on a competitive basis and was previously awarded in 2006. Learning disabilities affect the way the brain processes information and can affect speaking, listening, reading or writing, or mathematics ability. More

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Summit to make a case for teaching handwriting
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Handwriting still has a place in the digital age, its proponents say, and they hoped that what they billed as a "summit" on the subject this week would spotlight their case for the enduring value of handwriting in the learning process. The conference was designed to draw together research from psychology, occupational therapy, education and neuroscience to demonstrate handwriting's role in students' physical and cognitive development, states' learning standards and the classroom. More

Special educators borrow from brain studies
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In a corner of a classroom, a frustrated 7th grader tells himself to take a deep breath. Slowly, without distracting his classmates, he calms down. This exercise is among many strategies derived from brain-science research that educators are using with students with disabilities. In this case, the technique is being taught to students with Asperger syndrome, for whom self-control in a moment of frustration can be elusive. The five steps to regaining calm — including breathing deeply, reading directions and telling oneself to give something a try — are taped to many of the desks of students in the Model Asperger Program. More

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A dyslexia film and a director's family
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It's an emotional strain for a filmmaker to bring a project to Sundance. The thrill of getting in is quickly followed by fear: What happens if nobody likes it? Now imagine what added emotions might be surging through a director whose film showcases his son's disability. And, oh yeah, the director's father founded the festival. "To put it lightly, there are complicated feelings," said James Redford, whose documentary "The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia" has its premiere at Sundance. The film centers on his son, Dylan, and his struggle with the disorder, and includes interviews with a number of high-profile people who have overcome it, including Charles Schwab and Richard Branson. More

Dental care hard to come by for many with special needs
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Many dental professionals are unwilling to accommodate adults with developmental disabilities and the consequences are extending far beyond the mouth. In what experts are calling a national crisis, few dentists are treating individuals with special needs, especially once they reach adulthood. At the heart of the problem: money and knowledge. Medicaid offers notoriously low reimbursement rates for dentists, so few accept the government health insurance program. And in some states, Medicaid doesn't cover oral care at all. More

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