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Studies shed light on 'twice exceptional' students
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Emerging research on the "neurodevelopmental paradox" of twice-exceptional students highlights the need for educators to take an earlier, more holistic approach to evaluating and teaching students with disabilities. More

Being bullied tied to anxiety, depression in special-needs kids
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Special-needs youth with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities are at risk for anxiety and depression if they're excluded, ignored or bullied by other young people, a new small study says. It included 109 youngsters, ages 8 to 17, who were recruited during routine visits to a U.S. children's hospital. The patients and their parents completed questionnaires that screen for symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the youngsters also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying or exclusion by their peers. More

Defective carnitine metabolism may play role in autism
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The deletion of part of a gene that plays a role in the synthesis of carnitine — an amino acid derivative that helps the body use fat for energy — may play a role in milder forms of autism, said a group of researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. More

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New grant helps UH learning disabilities research
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The University of Houston's Texas Center for Learning Disabilities has been awarded a 5 year, $9 million grant to continue its unique research on learning disabilities. The grant is from the National Institute of Health and is a continuation of an earlier award in 2006. The UH Center for Learning Disabilities works with elementary and middle school students here in Houston and in Austin, with early interventions that focus on reading difficulties. More

What works to prepare young children with disabilities for school?
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A new review of research tackles the effectiveness of different strategies that are meant to prepare young children, especially those with disabilities, for school. Early intervention can have a huge effect on whether students with disabilities are ready for school, and may even help them exit special education before or soon after they enter school. In a recent review, the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse found that something called milieu teaching appears to have no discernible effects on prepping young children for school, and more research is needed about another strategy known as play-based interventions. More

Overcoming a learning disability will make a physician-in-training a better doctor
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Overcoming a learning disability to become a physician will actually help in being compassionate toward patients, writes a medical student of his struggle with a severe reading disability in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). More

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Standards open the door for best practices from special ed.
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some instructional approaches associated closely with special education are gaining traction more quickly than ever as more states and districts look to them as the ideal tools to implement the Common Core State Standards. In particular, two strategies—universal design for learning and response to intervention—are being cited by states in requests for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act in the section about how they will implement the standards. Those familiar with the techniques say the pairings are logical, and the timing is right. More

New federal data shows autism rates are booming. Researchers are finding industrial chemicals may play a role
San Antonio Current    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Tisha Gonzalez first met Rafael Hernandez, the elementary school student didn't care much for other kids. And his body language suggested he didn't care much for his new teacher either. When he had to communicate, he did so only in the faintest of whispers — or by screaming. He avoided eye contact. "He didn't like to be around anyone," Gonzalez said. "He was pretty tense and not interested in interacting." More

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The best ways to integrate special needs students
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Budget cuts in many school districts have some parents and teachers questioning whether they have the resources to support their students. NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez and Thomas Hehir of Harvard University talk about how to integrate special needs students into mainstream classrooms. More

Disabilities in kids are increasingly nonphysical
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Growing numbers of American families say they're raising a child who has a disability, and the most-prevalent conditions are less and less likely to be physical disorders. A report released this week by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution found that the top five chronic childhood conditions that limit typical activities are some type of developmental, behavioral or mental problem. More

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