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Could a non-invasive test spell the end of dyslexia?
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A simple breath test could identify children with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder before they start school and ensure they are given essential nutrients to feed the brain. All a child has to do is to put his mouth around a disposable tube and blow out a single breath for as long as he can. By measuring the amount of ethane, the breakdown product of Omega 3, the test can show which children and adults could benefit from Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements. More



Parents provide tips for improving students' learning at school, home
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The transition into elementary school can be especially tough for children with learning disabilities. Children are more likely to get more out of the school year if parents are enthusiastically involved. Here are some helpful reminders from the pros — parents of children with learning disabilities whose kids are generally doing well in school. More

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Author: Dyslexia is the best thing that ever happened to me
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Donna Flagg, a successful writer, businesswoman and teacher, shares her experience as a dyslexic. Flagg says that "in some weird, ironic way, my success today is directly tied to my ostensible failures of the past, not because of the scars, but because of what I had to learn in order to survive a system that did not recognize me as a legitimate member." More

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Special education teacher's passion still strong in her final year
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Twenty-one years after she started teaching special education in Clarendon Hills, Ill., Debbie Nederhouser's eyes still speak loudly with the passion she has for her job. She has fond memories of teaching those with dyslexia to read. "I probably cry once a year when that happens," Nederhouser said. "I have had some dyslexic students who are reading at a first- or second-grade level and left reading at a fifth- or sixth-grade level." More


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After 40 years of teaching, dyslexic teacher reaches family milestone
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When Joella Reid finishes out the 2012-2013 school year, a member of the Reid family will have taught school in Kansas for 80 consecutive years. Reid officially began teaching in 1972 in Hume, Mo., the same year her mother, Helen, officially retired after a 40-year career as an educator. The road to a career in education was long, she said, and challenges she had to overcome along the way shaped her philosophy as a parent and a teacher. More

Schools implement Response to Intervention to get students back on track
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Schools in the Mid-Columbia region of Washington are using Response to Intervention to quickly identify low-achieving students and boost their skills by one-on-one or small-group teaching. Students who had trouble understanding a certain topic in the first place often are the most likely to lose that knowledge during the summer, said Evelyn Abernethy, a reading teacher at Longfellow Elementary in Pasco. Helping those students refresh that particular skill individually can quickly bring them back up to speed. More

College to offer online bachelor's degree tailored for students with disabilities
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A first-of-its-kind program is designed to make obtaining a four-year degree more attainable for people with developmental disabilities. The bachelor's degree program from Sage Colleges in Albany, N.Y., includes a traditional 120 credit hours, but features small classes, extra supports and a modified course schedule to meet the needs of students with other special needs. All class instructors will be trained to work with students with disabilities. More


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Study: Simple teaching tool boosts student reading performance
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Research shows that utilizing a freely available literacy tool results in significant advances in fundamental reading skills for elementary school students. The research focused on children who were at risk for a learning disability in reading. Researchers found that teachers whose reading curriculum incorporated Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies saw a significant increase in fluency and other reading skills. More

Educators seeking strategies to teach growing number of English-language learners with disabilities
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With some states experiencing a 700 percent growth in the number of English learners in their schools between 1994 and 2005, the U.S. Department of Education expects the number of English learners with disabilities to increase, too. The U.S. Department of Education is offering $1.2 million for three projects that will figure out ways to best work with English-language learners who have a disability or are at risk of having one. More

No Child Left Behind on steroids
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In this blog post, William J. Mathis, the managing director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, dissects a plan advanced by the Council of Chief State School Officers as a replacement for the school accountability system in No Child Left Behind. Mathis contends that the plan not only retains the most ineffective pieces of NCLB but magnifies them. More

Commentary: We're not so different, you and I
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Nikki Luongo, a writer/agent in public relations, writes that upon being diagnosed with a learning disability she was told what she would never be able to do. She says that her nonverbal learning disability guided her to her passion — history and reading — which her father "tested" to convince her just how smart she was. More

Football team receives inspiration from program's former star with dyslexia
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The days of Lawrence Guy dominating the opposition for Las Vegas' Western High football team may be long gone, but they are not forgotten. Guy, a rookie with the Green Bay Packers and Arizona State University graduate, spoke with players this offseason. And when he spoke, they listened. More
 
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