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Sleep problems linked to need for more special education
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Young children who snore or have trouble sleeping through the night are more likely to need special education, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than 11,000 children in southwest England. They found that breathing problems during sleep, such as snoring or problems such as regularly refusing to go to bed, waking up in the night and having nightmares through age 5 were associated with a greater chance of needing special education at age 8. Overall, breathing problems during sleep were linked to a nearly 40 percent increased risk of needing special education. Children with the worst breathing problems had a 60 percent greater need for special education. More



Listening aids may help boost dyslexic kids' reading skills
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Devices that amplify the sound of a teacher's voice may help children with dyslexia improve their reading skills, new research suggests. After a year of wearing the devices in the classroom, children with dyslexia had improved scores on tests of phonological awareness and reading. More

Dyslexia and dysgraphia: Struggles with reading and writing
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Shifi and Shana were neighbors and their mothers had been getting together before they could even roll over. Now that the girls were in second grade, they did their homework together. "Shifi, your 'd' is so funny! It looks like a banana," Shana giggled. "It's not a 'd,' Shana, it's a 'b.' And I can't help it. It just comes out like that!" Shifi responded. "What do you mean it's a 'b?' It looks like a 'd' to me, but Morah says I keep making those mistakes anyway," Shana said, blushing. "Yes, but she keeps telling me I need to write neatly. I'm trying, but I can't do it. Maybe we can trade. I'll read for you. You write for me!" Shifi said eagerly, handing over her pencil. While Shifi and Shana could be two girls who are experiencing regular struggles with reading and writing, if these issues continue, it is possible that they each suffer from a different learning disability: dyslexia or dysgraphia. More

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Ohio voucher program attracts students with learning disabilities
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Nearly 1,400 students with disabilities will attend private schools this year, pay for private therapy or transfer to a public school outside their district in Ohio using a new voucher program. The overwhelming majority of students who signed up, more than 1,000, have learning disabilities, the Ohio Department of Education said. In larger districts, a proportionately larger number of students appear to have signed up. For example, 199 in Cincinnati, 103 in Cleveland, 32 in Columbus and fewer than 10 in many other districts. More

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Cameras in the classroom a crusade for parents of special needs kids
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A grassroots movement to put cameras in classrooms, driven by the parents of special needs students, is simmering across the country. It's a personal crusade for many of the parents who say their children have suffered abuse at the hands of teachers and classroom aides with unsatisfying consequences. Parents in states such as Ohio, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee have taken to the Internet to promote their cause with petitions, videos, Facebook pages and letters to the president. Many of their children either cannot speak or have difficulty with verbal communication. More

Social exclusion in the playground
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Being the last one picked for the team, getting left out of the clique of cool girls, having no one to sit with at lunch. For children, social exclusion can impact everything from emotional well-being to academic achievements. But what does it mean for the kids doing the excluding? Is the cure a one-size-fits-all approach that requires kids to include others, regardless of the situation at hand? Not necessarily, says new research from a professor now at Concordia University. More


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Bookshare helps San Jose, Calif., students with disabilities learn
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Gobbler the Belch is talking, and 9-year-old Justin Wagner is all ears. Thanks to the revolutionary program Bookshare, Justin actually hears Gobbler yell — or at least utter in a measured monotone — "Pay attention!" to Dogsbreath the Duhbrain on his classroom iPad at Toyon Elementary School. Since its debut in 2002, Bookshare has transformed not only reading but schooling for students with various disabilities. The program, an initiative of the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Benetech, produces an online library of accessible books for those visually or severely physically disabled or with learning disabilities like dyslexia. More

Extra special reason to celebrate first day at school
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Many youngsters had their first day at school but for the parents of three 4-year-olds it was a particularly special moment. Miracle triplets Sam, Benjamin and Joseph Cunningham have overcome life-changing conditions. Ben and Joe have a rare genetic disorder and have both been diagnosed with dyspraxia, a neurological disorder which affects movement and co-ordination. Sufferers also display autistic tendencies and regularly suffer from breathing problems and chest infections due to scarring on the lungs. Both Ben and Joe will be having speech language therapy in school. More

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CoSN examines BYOD safety and security
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A new report from the Consortium for School Networking, titled "Safe & Secure? Managing the Risks of Personal Devices," examines today's advancing Bring Your Own initiatives and related safety and security risks facing school districts nationwide. "Apps and mobile devices are being utilized more and more in education, forcing schools to reexamine their mobile device policies," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. "These continuous advancements are creating an unprecedented set of safety and security challenges for school leaders, so it's imperative that leaders are prepared and have at their fingertips a set of technical solutions to prevent data breaches and protect personal devices." More

Temple Grandin reveals her advice for educating autistic kids
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Special educators need to look at what a child can do instead of what he/she cannot do. There needs to be more emphasis on building up and expanding the skills a child is good at. Too often people get locked into a label such as dyslexia, ADHD, or autism, and they cannot see beyond the label. Kids that get a label often have uneven skills. They may be talented in one area and have a real deficiency in another. More

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New York bullying episode puts focus on bus monitors
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The merciless taunting of a western New York bus monitor, captured in a cellphone video viewed by millions of people, cast a harsh glare on a low-paying, less-than-glamorous job. And it didn't even show the worst of it: physical attacks, jewelry ripped from their bodies, extortion, sexual harassment — bus monitors say all are part of the risk they face every day when they climb aboard buses to try to ensure a safe, sane ride to and from schools. More

Study: Academic success in special education not linked to spending
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The amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country, and some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic results from students, according to a study. The study, sponsored by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, suggests that some districts are overspending on special education, which has become a growing segment of school budgets around the country. If all districts spent the median amount on special education, it would save $10 billion a year, according to the study, which was written by Nathan Levenson, a consultant and former school superintendent. More
 
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