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Use of seclusion rooms upheld
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Federal education officials are standing behind a North Carolina school's right to confine students with disabilities in seclusion rooms. In a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights earlier this year, a North Carolina family argued that their 5-year-old's civil rights were violated when he was placed in a seclusion room at school. The family — who wished to remain anonymous — said the rooms were only being used for special education students, making them "discriminatory." But in concluding their investigation in late August, the Education Department found that the school district acted in compliance with regulations. More

Dyslexic brain hears fuzzy sounds
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Dyslexia may be rooted in a problem the brain has in teasing out distinct sounds from the incoming garble, researchers say. Considered a learning disability, dyslexia makes it difficult to read and spell for the estimated 15 percent of Americans who have it. Although dyslexia causes reading problems, the disorder is often linked to subtle difficulties with spoken language, such as trouble distinguishing rhyming syllables such as "ba" and "pa." More

Lead-exposure problems spotlighted in Detroit
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When Reginald Cureton, a Detroit middle schooler, was just a year old, a routine blood test revealed that he had more than four times the amount of lead in his blood required for a child to be identified as lead-poisoned. The finding led Reginald's parents, Jeanine and Reginald Sr., on a decade-long quest to rid each home they moved to of lead dust and counteract the effects of lead exposure on their children. Research has tied high levels of lead in the blood to such serious problems as criminal activity and low IQ. More

Technology Meets Tranquility at The Storm King School
With a campus rich in technology support for all students, including those in a program for bright college-bound students with learning differences, The Storm King School offers a welcome sense of balance. Teachers use a 6,000-acre forest classroom adjacent to campus for environmental science labs, experiential lessons, and art in the spirit of the Hudson River School painters. For more information, go to

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Teaching social and emotional skills in schools
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More schools are working to change school culture through programs aimed at improving the social and emotional skills of students. The lessons directly teach young people how to interact with one another in positive ways, deal with anger and solve problems, and new studies show they improve academic performance, too. As more schools try this approach, researchers have begun paying closer attention to the effects of social and emotional learning on behavior and academic achievement. More

Disabled Clemson students ask for help, compassion
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Students with disabilities at Clemson University in South Carolina receive services through the school's office of Student Disability Services, which serves more than 700 students with a variety of disabilities. This number reflects about 3.5 percent of the total student population, said Arlene Stewart, the campus's director of student disability services and a volunteer on the state and national level with the Learning Disabilities Association. More


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What adults think about school bullying
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U.S. adults repeatedly rate bullying as a major health problem for U.S. children. But a new poll from the University of Michigan shows adults have different views about what bullying behaviors should prompt schools to take action. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health recently asked a nationwide sample of adults what behaviors should be considered bullying and what behaviors should spur school officials to intervene. More

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October 19-21, 2012 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Washington, DC, feature speakers: Carol Kranowitz, MA, Deborah Waber, PhD, Maryanne Wolf, EdD,
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Progress in identifying the genetic roots of Autism
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One of the most agonizing questions that parents of children with autism ask is — why? Now, a growing number of genetic tests are providing some answers. Scientists say that roughly 20 percent of autism cases can be linked to known genetic abnormalities, and many more may be discovered. Pinpointing a genetic explanation can help predict whether siblings are likely to have the disorder — and even point to new, targeted treatments. More

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Fraction of special needs students proficient on national writing tests
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The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities who took the national writing assessment known as the "nation's report card" did not perform at the proficient level on the test. Just 5 percent of 8th graders and 5 percent of 12th graders who took the new National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing earned a score at or above the "proficient" level. A score at or above this level represents a "solid academic performance," according to NAEP. The test proved challenging for all students, although the performance of students with disabilities was especially low. More

School tuna contains excessive mercury, environmentalists' report says
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Canned albacore tuna purchased by U.S. schools contains more mercury than what government officials have reported, raising the risks for some tuna-loving kids, according to a new study from a coalition of advocacy groups. Children who eat two medium servings of albacore, or white, tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe, according to the report prepared for the Mercury Policy Project. It is the first study to test the mercury content of tuna brands purchased by schools. More

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$3.69 million grant awarded to UNC-Chapel Hill to establish early Childhood Technical Assistance Center for children with disabilities
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The U.S. Department of Education announced a $3.69 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create an Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center to improve services and results for America's children with disabilities. The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center will partner with states to provide a framework for high-quality, effective and efficient early childhood and preschool technical assistance and intervention services for young children with disabilities. More

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