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Dyslexia and creativity
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Right-brained and left-brained, masculine and feminine, blue-eyed and brown-eyed: Are certain kinds of people more creative than others? Many of the super creative designers seem to have one thing in common; they suffered from dyslexia. Looking back in history, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Jørn Utzon, Agatha Christie and Albert Einstein were all dyslexic. So, is dyslexia linked to creativity? More



Early pregnancy folic acid supplements reduce autism risk in newborns
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1 in 88 children born today will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, researchers have found that women can reduce the risk of having a child with the neurodevelopmental disorder if they consume the recommended daily doses of folic acid (600 micrograms, or 0.6milligrams), the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B-9, during the first month of pregnancy. More

Gym pairs exercise with mental drills for clients
The Washington Post via Bangor Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fitness for Health in Rockville, Md., is open to anyone who wants to join. But owner Marc Sickel, who grew up with learning disabilities and motor processing difficulties, has spent 27 years providing help for clients with similar problems. His approach is to pair physical exercise with cognitive drills whenever possible in the belief that mental acuity is enhanced when it is accompanied by exercise. More

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City urged to slow down on special education plans
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A citywide special education plan that aims to put New York City more in step with other school districts around the country by including those students in general education classrooms is causing commotion, with a growing chorus of parents, teachers and elected officials insisting it is being too hastily implemented with too little information. More

Olympic torch bearer tells of battle with dyslexia
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Her future is as bright as the Olympic torch she'll get to carry. Schoolgirl Hannah Jukes has gone from coming bottom in every spelling test because of dyslexia to studying English at A-level. More

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Senate committee reinforces rules about district special education spending
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the full U.S. Senate budget committee hashed out its proposal for the 2013 fiscal year, the group preserved boosts to special education spending proposed by a Senate subcommittee. The committee also built in language about school district special education budgets that has been the source of angst and elation over the course of the last year: so-called "maintenance of effort" for districts. Maintenance of effort clauses exist to buffer students from losing services they need when government budgets fluctuate. More

US kids getting more ADHD drugs, fewer antibiotics
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Antibiotics use fell by 14 percent in the last decade, suggesting efforts to curb rampant overuse of the drugs "may be working," researchers from the FDA write in the journal Pediatrics. The new report also found an uptick in the use of some drugs in children, with stimulants for ADHD leading the pack. More



Competitors form partnership to develop autism drugs
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Two of the front-runners in the race to develop drugs to treat mental retardation and autism are joining forces, hoping to save money and get to the market sooner. A deal will pool the resources of Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, and Seaside Therapeutics, a private 30-employee company based in Cambridge, Mass. More

Disability advocates call for better teacher standards
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It doesn't take much to be deemed a "highly qualified" teacher under federal law. Now, disability advocates are asking Congress to raise the bar. Currently, teachers who are still working on their certification through an alternative training program like Teach for America are able to gain the "highly qualified" label. More


 
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