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Study links cadmium exposure to learning disabilities in children
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Children with high levels of the heavy metal cadmium in their urine may be more likely to have learning disabilities and/or need special education, a new study shows. More

State special education rates vary widely
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Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, but it has every other state beat by one measure: A higher percentage of its students are in special education than anywhere else. An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data shows that the percentage of students in special education varies widely among states. While Rhode Island tops the country at 18 percent, Texas, at 9 percent, is at the bottom. The average percentage across all states is 13 percent, and two-thirds of states are above that number, according to the data. More

Study: Baby boys' late language skills linked to testosterone
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Exposure to high levels of testosterone before birth may increase the risk of delays in language development for boys, a new study from Australia suggests. The findings suggest one reason why boys are more susceptible than girls to language delay, according to the researchers. More

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Arizona vouchers for students with disabilities ruled constitutional
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An Arizona law providing private school tuition to students with disabilities has been ruled constitutional by a county superior court judge, the Arizona Republic and Associated Press report. Arizona's scholarship program pays up to 90 percent of what a school district or charter school would have received to educate a student. Parents can use the money for private school tuition, textbooks, online classes and other expenses. More

Teens with autism avoid email, social media
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Even as teens with autism use television, computers and other screen-based media more than their peers, new research suggests that they're shunning some of the Web's most popular offerings. In the largest study ever to look at the use of screen-based media in those with autism as compared to other disabilities, researchers at the University of Missouri and Washington University analyzed data on more than 1,000 special education students ages 13 to 16 collected through the federal government's National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. More

High school district creates calming rooms for special needs students
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The soothing music, soft lights and pleasant aromas in the room would leave almost anyone with a calm and peaceful feeling, but they are having an especially positive effect on some students in special classes at two Escondido, Calif., high schools. More

For children with autism, 'inner speech' key to problem solving
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Teaching children with autism to talk things through in their heads could dramatically improve their ability to deal with everyday problems and increase their odds of living independently as adults, new research indicates. Most children learn to problem solve by talking out loud, but as they age, children shift to talking in their heads to tackle potential hurdles. More

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Schools must do more to involve parents, students in IEP process
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Parents and students with disabilities aren't as involved in the process of mapping out their goals with schools as much as they should be, although federal law intends for parents and school staff to work together on these plans, a new study finds. More

Local 'explosion' of special ed poses challenge
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A significant increase in the number of students in special education, combined with cuts in federal aid to schools, are creating a challenging situation in Tennessee's Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. More

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Improved behavior for children with ADHD taking part in physical activity program
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While children who suffer from ADHD struggle with hyperactive-impulses and have trouble maintaining attention, a recent study found that a structured physical activity program may help to improve their muscular capacities, motor skills, behavior assessments and the ability to process information. This new exploratory study was released in the recent issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders. More

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