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Data reveal disparities in schools' use of restraints
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New federal data that for the first time attempt to catalog how many times students were isolated or restrained — by a school employee or with a device — show that, in many cases, those techniques are applied disproportionately to students with disabilities, particularly black students with disabilities. More

New research projects explore ways to improve special education
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than two dozen research grants related to special education just got an infusion of cash from the Institute of Education Sciences. Overall spending on special education research by the federal government has dropped. Still, some interesting projects are on the horizon. More

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No Child Left Behind's effect on literacy
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P. David Pearson writes, "While it is customary to give three cheers to something that we want to celebrate or commemorate, when I think about the legacy of the last decade of literacy instruction in America's schools, I can only manage two cheers for No Child Left Behind." More

Kansas senators discuss dyslexia
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Citing phone calls from frustrated parents, a Kansas Senate committee discussed a bill to help identify and effectively teach dyslexic students. Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, the author of the bill, said the concerns were raised last year as well, but state education officials said dyslexia is a medical condition and therefore difficult for a teacher to diagnose. So this year he rewrote the bill to focus on aiding students who have already been diagnosed by a medical professional. More

Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee approves bill to overhaul special education funding distribution formula
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The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee approved legislation that would establish a 12-member House-Senate commission to develop a distribution formula for new state special education funding. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh County, would direct the commission to establish a formula that separates special education students into three cost categories based on their need for services. More funds would be allocated for students requiring higher levels of service. More

CDC set to release new autism numbers
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to unveil a new autism prevalence estimate as early as this month. The agency currently says that 1 in 110 children have autism, a figure first released in late 2009. Now, less than three years later, the CDC is set for an update. More

Shortages of ADHD drugs felt in classrooms
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As a shortage of the stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues into its second year, educators, doctors and parents of children with the disorder have been struggling to manage the effects of an unpredictable drug supply on children's behavior and performance in the classroom. More

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ADHD over-diagnosed in youngest kids in class
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The youngest children in their school grade are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their slightly older peers in the same grade, a new study finds. Researchers looked at ADHD diagnoses in nearly 1 million children in British Columbia, where the cutoff date for entering school in any year is Dec. 31. In other words, children born in January are the oldest in their grade; children born just before the cutoff in December are the youngest. More

Depression common in young adults with Asperger's
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Swedish researchers found that almost 70 percent of young Swedes with Asperger's syndrome in a new study have suffered from depression. A researcher and doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg, discovered that mood disorders and anxiety disorders are very common among young adults with Asperger's syndrome. More

Study pinpoints effects of different doses of an ADHD drug; finds higher doses may harm learning
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New research with monkeys sheds light on how the drug methylphenidate may affect learning and memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The results parallel a 1977 finding that a low dose of the drug boosted cognitive performance of children with ADHD, but a higher dose that reduced their hyperactivity also impaired their performance on a memory test. More

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IEPs map educational courses for kids with disabilities
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To decide how a student with special needs should be educated, you have to look at the student. A student with a disability can be put in a seclusion room. Buses don't have monitors unless a student needs one. How this is decided — and who decides it — is defined through an individualized education program, or IEP. Any student who has a disability and needs special instruction because of it gets an IEP. It's a living document that lays out what the student can do in the classroom, what services the student needs to help him learn, and what annual academic goals the student should meet. More

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