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Anesthesia in children linked to learning disabilities?
ModernMedicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The jury is still out on the effects of anesthesia in children who undergo surgery at a young age, according to Constance S. Houck, MD. Multiple animal studies have demonstrated neuroapoptosis and long-term learning deficits in young animals after administration of general anesthesia, but population-based studies in humans have been far less clear. More

Could mobile technology improve reading for those with dyslexia?
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A new study has found that the small amount of text you can see on your handheld device may make it vastly easier for people with learning disabilities to comprehend. Soon, of course, there will be an app for that. More

The inclusion of students with disabilities in school accountability systems
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This interim report presents descriptive information on school-level accountability, adequate yearly progress (AYP), and school improvement status of schools accountable and schools not accountable for the performance of the students with disabilities (SWD) subgroup under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More

New law to help children with dyslexia
Clarion Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that will give dyslexic students in first through sixth grades the opportunity to move to other public or nonpublic schools employing dyslexia therapists. The law also establishes universal screening of children in kindergarten and first grade. More

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Summit View School offers comprehensive elementary, middle, and secondary school programs for students with learning differences. An innovative and integrated curriculum, coupled with small class size and high teacher to student ratio, enables students to experience academic success. Upon graduation, 97% of our students attend college including UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and other reputable colleges. MORE

Education leaders to consider plans to better schools, teaching
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Educators including the U.S. secretary of education, teacher union leaders and school administrators will focus on ways to transform the teaching profession with such targets as better recruiting, preparation and career development, and evaluations based on effectiveness. More

Advocates question loss of special-education paraprofessionals
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Metro Nashville Public Schools expect to cut more than 100 special education paraprofessional jobs funded by 2009 federal stimulus funds, but they say the reduction won't come at a cost to students. A Metro mom whose daughter is a rising fourth-grader with autism at Eakin Elementary believes that's impossible. More

New Assistive Technology

New to the US market, the Medialexie Scribe 2012, is an innovative assistive technology that supports students in all areas of Learning. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text capabilities, writing, math and translating functions, students can access and use core material despite their learning differences. For more information, go to

Most children with autism diagnosed at 5 or older
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New research provides a snapshot of what life is like for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. The findings, which appear in the NCHS Data Brief, highlight areas where there is room for improvement, including earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and access to behavioral therapies and other services. The new study looked at children aged 6 to 17 with special health care needs and autism spectrum disorder in 2011. More

Overdue babies at greater risk of ADHD: study
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Babies that are more than two weeks overdue are twice as likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), recent research has found. The longer a baby spends in the womb, the higher the chance of developing "problem behavior", according to findings published in the Journal of Epidemiology. More

Kids with autism take cues from teacher on the spectrum
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All of the kids in Harold Price's pre-kindergarten class have autism. Some say it helps that he does too. Price, 33, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome as an adult has a special understanding of his students. Social skills were always tough for Price growing up and because of his personal experience he now knows how to give kids the time and the confidence boost they need to succeed, those who know him say. More

How should students with learning disabilities be identified?
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who are students with learning disabilities? It depends on what state or school district you live in. The combination of a surge in the use of response to intervention and a lack of consensus about how much of a role cognitive assessment should play in an evaluation prompted the National Center for Learning Disabilities this month to issue a new set of guidelines on its view of how students with specific learning disabilities should be identified. More


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