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Secondhand smoke linked to chance of learning disabilities, ADHD in kids
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Researchers found that children in a smoking home had a 50 percent greater likelihood of having at least two of the three disorders — ADD or ADHD; a learning disability; or a behavioral or conduct problem. Boys were at higher risk than girls. And the researchers estimate that 274,100 such disabilities could have been prevented if the children were not exposed to secondhand smoke. More

More states defiant on NCLB compliance
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States are beginning to put federal officials on notice that they plan to disregard key pieces of the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress fails to make changes. So far, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota have notified the U.S. Department of Education that they will stop the clock as the 2014 deadline approaches for bringing all students to proficiency in math and language arts. Each has said it will freeze its proficiency targets at 2009-2010 levels in hopes of limiting the number of schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress. More

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Race to the top: Reform efforts under way; information sharing could be improved
U.S. Government Accountability Office    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office prepared in response to a mandate in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, addresses actions states took to be competitive for Race to the Top grants; how grantees plan to use their grants and whether selected nongrantees have chosen to move forward with their reform plans; what challenges have affected early implementation of states' reform efforts; and the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to support and oversee states' use of RTT funds.
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Study: Reading to dogs improves literacy for some students
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Puppy Dog Tales uses specially trained dogs to coach children who are struggling to learn to read, including those with learning disabilities. New research shows that the children who read to the dogs and their handlers made remarkable gains in literacy, in addition to the benefits to their emotional health. More

Children with learning disabilities serve scoops, build confidence
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Four students from a school for children with learning disabilities are packing pints, scooping cones and bringing home paychecks. "I could not be more proud," said Annemarie Bennett, of Cove School in Northbrook, Ill. "The kids have been extremely motivated and enthusiastic." Bennett said the experience has been great for her students not just for the fun but also because it has given them a firsthand sense of the ups and downs of running a business. More

Special ed parents: Ensuring smooth transition to middle school is a priority
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For students with special education needs, the transition from elementary school to middle school can be especially difficult. Middle school special education teachers in a Massachusetts school district are meeting more often with fifth-grade teachers. One principal said he has met individually with several parents about ensuring their children’s individualized education plans will be met. More

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NJ district expands program for preschoolers with learning disabilities
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A new program for disabled and mainstream nursery students at a preschool in Closter, NJ, has been so successful the school district is expanding to accommodate its growth. The district launched the program in September 2010, and its student numbers have nearly doubled, said Superintendent of Schools Joanne Newberry. "We started with 10 students and ended up with 17, and now we have a waiting list," she said. More

Preparing for college with a learning disability
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Guest blogger Meghan Benzel, a recent graduate of Landmark College in Vermont, discusses the challenges students with learning disabilities face in higher education. She advises students to know their rights as a learner, and know that they are more than a number. She also says a summer visit can calm nerves, volunteering for activities is a great idea and getting a head start will make success more attainable. More

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Study shows awareness of dyspraxia is lacking
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A recent study on dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder, has shown that while prevalence of the condition is on the rise, awareness is sorely lacking. With a total sample of over 500 physicians in the U.S. and Canada, the results found that only 9 percent of family doctors and 23 percent of pediatricians had made a diagnosis of dyspraxia, despite the fact it affects one child in every average-sized classroom. More

Speech gene has say in brain connections
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A gene best known for its role in enabling speech and language also controls how brains are wired. The latest research reveals that Foxp2 acts as a genetic dimmer switch, turning up or down the amount of protein product made by nerve cells. Studies like this are crucial for building bridges between genes and complex aspects of brain function. More

Lead singer with dyspraxia feels 'possessed' on stage
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Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + the Machine, says despite having dyspraxia, she always manages to remember lyrics. "I've never had any problem reading, it was just maths and organization and remembering dates, names," she said. "I could always remember songs though." The 24-year-old singer has revealed she often goes into a trance-like state when she's in front of an audience, and loses control of her actions. More

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