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With No Child Left Behind overhaul stalled, more schools 'failing'
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As states tally their standardized test scores and graduation rates this summer, they are feeling the squeeze of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law, which Congress has failed to revamp since it came up for reauthorization in 2007. More



Study: Special needs kids bullied more, fare poorly at school
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Many special needs kids who struggle with medical, emotional or behavioral issues often face tough social and academic troubles in school, a new study suggests. Tracking the progress of more than 1,450 students in fourth- through sixth-grades from 34 rural schools, U.S. researchers found that one-third coped with special health care needs, including learning disabilities. More


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Running inspiration: Athlete hasn't let learning disabilities sidetrack her
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Larry Turner, the track and field coach for Carrollton, Ga., Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, calls his star athlete "Amazing" Amanda McGowan. Despite being born with an auditory and visual processing disorder and diagnosed with dyslexia, Amanda is an incredibly driven, determined and accomplished youth. On the track, she will lead a group of 10 athletes to the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Wichita, Kan. More

Learning takes flight at school's Kite Flying Day
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Students gathered in the auditorium of the ECLC of New Jersey school in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., as part of a school-designated Kite Flying Day, which included a presentation by a JetBlue pilot on the basics of air flight and provided an opportunity for students to fly their own kites. This is just one of many themed days throughout the year that the special needs school includes as part of its curriculum. "We're all about different types of learning," ECLC Principal Vicki Lindorff said. More

Study: Severe ADHD may lower a child's quality of life
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The greater the severity of a child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, the more negative the child's quality of life, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Christine Limbers, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, says the study compared children with ADHD in different types of treatment settings. The study found that children with ADHD treated by a pediatrician had better overall health-related quality of life and family functioning than children with ADHD being treated in a psychiatric clinic. More

Report finds progress, problems for students with learning disabilities
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A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities says too few students with learning disabilities graduate from high school, and some racial and ethnic groups are still disproportionately represented in LD programs, but early intervention strategies appear to be reducing the overall number of students who are identified as having a learning disability. More


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Diagnosed with dyslexia at 40, 95-year-old author hopes to help others with book
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For years, Collin Corkum of Tustin, Calif., has quietly harbored the desire to find a way to deliver a message to children and adults with dyslexia — you can. Over the past two years Corkum and his wife, Jerri Girard-Corkum, co-wrote a book that offers step-by-step reading tips for people with dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. The self-published book came out earlier this year, hoping to reach dyslexic readers who want to improve their reading techniques and habits. More

Students with learning disabilities showcase skills at talent show
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Students at Benjamin Franklin Freshman Academy in Bristol Township, Penn., concluded a six-week summer program with a talent show. "To be socially competent, sometimes you have to speak or perform in front of an audience and this gives them the opportunity to do that," said JoAnn Allison, Bristol Township special education supervisor. "It's nice to see kids who, at one time could barely say hi to you, up there on stage singing and dancing," said school board member Sean Norman, whose son performed in the show. More

Milwaukee district shows progress in meeting special needs goals
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Milwaukee Public Schools received a more positive second-year review that says the district is taking encouraging steps toward serving children with special needs. The report praises several developments this year that affected all children, such as the implementation of a new literacy plan and periodic assessments that help teachers flag struggling students, some of whom might be floundering because of a disability. More

Study: People with dyslexia have a hard time recognizing voices
The Boston Globe's White Coat Notes Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research by MIT scientists suggests a basic cognitive difference sets people with dyslexia apart: They have difficulty recognizing voices speaking their own language. The finding, published in the journal Science, adds to the evidence that what underlies the reading problems in dyslexia may be fundamental problems in how the brain processes language. More

Summer school: The essential bridge for special education students
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For thousands of students across the region, summer school is no way to make up work or squeak through to the next grade — it's an essential part of their school year. An increasing number of special-education students require longer school years. More students need the summer weeks as a bridge between grades so they do not regress and are ready to learn new skills in September. More
 
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