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Math disability linked to problem relating quantities to numerals
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Children who start elementary school with difficulty associating small exact quantities of items with the printed numerals that represent those quantities are more likely to develop a math-related learning disability than are their peers, according to a study. The children in the study who appeared to have difficulty grasping the fundamental concept of exact numerical quantities — that the printed numeral 3, for example, represents three dots on a page — went on to be diagnosed with math learning disability by fifth-grade. More



Atlanta high schools broke rules to meet performance standards
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The morning of the Atlanta state graduation tests in September 2009, school administrators pulled students with learning disabilities aside; all stood a good chance of failing — and of lowering the school's odds of meeting its do-or-die performance targets. Instead of taking the test with their peers, they worked puzzles in a special-education classroom. The episode reflects the pattern of academic irregularities that emerges in a new investigation of Atlanta's high schools by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. More

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Separate education for those in special education? Possibly
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Will the teachers of students with disabilities, teachers who in many cases work with all subjects, have to meet a lesser standard than their counterparts? And will expectations for students with disabilities be lowered, too? Maybe. Those were some of the proposals for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More

Students with learning disabilities get firmer grip on college
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A growing number of students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college, yet few are likely to get the level of support and encouragement available at Landmark College in Putney Vt., one of a few small, private colleges that specialize in educating students who struggle with conditions such as dyslexia or attention-deficit disorder. A growing number of short-term opportunities are cropping up to help college students with learning disabilities hone the skills they will need on a mainstream campus. More


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Educators screen students during Dyslexia Awareness Month
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The learning continues even on a Saturday afternoon at The Highlands School in Bel Air, Md. Educators there are hosting Free Reading Screenings. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and The Highlands School in Bel Air offers specialized instruction for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. More

Brain study points to potential treatments for math anxiety
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For some students, an announcement of a math pop quiz can send them into a cold sweat. A new brain-imaging study suggests that the way they deal with that first rush of anxiety can be critical to their actual math performance. More

Minnesota college students gain new perspective on learning disabilities
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As part of Disability Awareness Month, the Counselor Education Department at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., offered students an opportunity to experience simulated disabilities. WSU graduate students set up learning disability simulations for a class project. More

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Teen doesn't let dyslexia hold her back
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A few years ago, Jordan Heald marched into the office of A Touch of Understanding in Granite Bay, Calif., and said she wanted to be a speaker for the organization. Jordan, who has dyslexia, joined the group's Youth FORCE (Friends Offering Respect Creating Empowerment), and visits schools to spread awareness about disabilities. Heald says she wants children to know that it's wrong to make fun of someone else because of a learning disability. More


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Commentary: Why learning disabilities shouldn't be ignored
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Brandon Bub, editor of The Daily Campus opinion column, writes that there is a stigma attached to learning disabilities. Bub contends that opposition to special concessions for students with learning disabilities comes from a flawed notion of the concept of fairness. However, he says fairness does not mean that every person receives the same thing. Fairness means that everyone gets what he or she deserves. More

College student wins scholarship for overcoming dyslexia
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Learning has never come easy for Caitlyn McSorley, a freshman at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. The social work major has struggled with issues related to dyslexia since her middle school days. McSorley's perseverance has paid off; she recently received an award and $1,000 scholarship from the International Dyslexia Association's Maryland branch for her hard work and commitment to overcoming dyslexia. More

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College students use stage to spotlight dyslexia
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Student actors at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., recently spotlighted dyslexia. A small group performed in the play called "Hard 2 Spell." The play is about two teenagers who figure out life with the learning disability. Those involved with the play say the play is about growing up and self-acceptance. More

How to diagnose a toddler with ADHD
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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued new guidelines that urge parents and doctors to be on the lookout for signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children as young as 4. Previous guidelines set the minimum age at 6. Preschoolers aren’t particularly focused in general — so how could you tell if one had ADHD? More
 
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