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Report reveals ways brain science could improve special education
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new policy analysis concludes that neuroscience research could provide new insights into teaching students with disabilities, but more needs to be done to connect the scientists studying the brain with special education researchers and to educators. The report offers several examples of how helpful brain-based research could one day be to special education, with the caution that "translating brain research into classroom practice must be handled methodically." More



Center offers activities for those with special needs
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Jessica Macunald is looking to better herself by attending the Sanchin-Ryu karate class at the Gilbert Community Center in Gilbert, Ariz. Like other participants, Macunald, 24, has a learning disability. "It helps channel some of the extra aggression so you won't pass it on to somebody you don't want to unintentionally hurt," she said. Although people with special needs are welcome to join any activity organized by the town in any of the community and recreation centers, the classes and activities at this center are specialized for them. More

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Report: Special education students in Texas disproportionately suspended
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Almost 55 percent of recent Texas public school students — a disproportionate number of them black or with learning disabilities — were suspended at least once between their seventh- and 12th-grade years, according to a statewide report. Among the findings: Minorities and special education students who caused "emotional disturbances" were more likely than white students to be disciplined. In fact, nearly three-fourths of students in special education classes were suspended or expelled at least one time. More

Learning disabilities get special attention at private school
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Longleaf Academy in Southern Pines, N.C., focuses on bringing students' achievement up to grade level or higher and giving them the study skills they need to integrate back into conventional public or private schools. The school uses a specialized, multi-sensory method of instruction. By emphasizing reading and writing in all subjects and using both auditory and visual demonstrations, students with learning differences are able to grasp concepts more quickly, said Jill Dejak, the school's principal and founder. More


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Therapeutic riding center uses equine activities to help disabled
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Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center in Donegal Township, Penn., uses equine activities to promote the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with a wide range of disabilities, including nonverbal disorders and learning disabilities. In addition to engaging a variety of muscles to ride, the lessons also encourage students to use their verbal and communication skills. More

Dyslexia group takes on Shakespeare
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An adult dyslexic group is tackling its greatest challenge to date — performing scenes from Shakespeare. Past and present students of the Ealing Adult Dyslexia Group in Ealing, England, are reading and acting from Midsummer Night's Dream. The group, comprised of adults ages 18-50, will be performing in front of friends, family and educational experts. More

11 celebrities with dyslexia who made it big
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In Hollywood, a handful of stars have come forward in recent years to share their experiences with dyslexia and provide hope for others. The following is just a handful of those famous names and faces linked to the disorder, as well as how some of them dealt with the symptoms. Their stories serve to inspire others struggling with dyslexia. More


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Cuts, mandates increase challenges of special education
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Including special education students in regular classes spans many disabilities and several schools of thought. The goals are noble, if challenging: to discard stereotypes, to meet federal No Child Left Behind targets and to improve a special needs child's educational experience. For special education leaders like Louise Sullivan, director of special services for the Bordentown Regional School District in New Jersey, making a difference in a disabled child's life is a quest, filled with heartwarming stories and fraught with cold, bottom-line numbers. More

In Australia, a push to screen for learning difficulties
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Plans to introduce mental health checks for 3-year-olds should be expanded to include a test for learning difficulties, a leading psychologist says. The checks could include an assessment of a child's comprehension skills and their use of sound patterns, such as their ability to rhyme and detect differences between words. More
 
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