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Busted: 5 myths and truths about dyslexia
Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Think all dyslexics write their letter reversed? Or that they never learn to read, or have less than average intelligence? Wrong. Husband-and-wife-team Bennett and Sally Shaywitz are pediatric neurologists at Yale University who have dedicated their lives to understanding and advancing treatment for dyslexia. More

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States must tread cautiously on evaluations of special education teachers
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With school reform efforts combining with federal incentives to encourage more districts and states to change how they evaluate teachers, the Council for Exceptional Children shared recommendations and views for how to evaluate special education teachers. More

5 scholarships for students with learning disabilities
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Getting into, paying for, and navigating through college is rarely easy. For students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD), that struggle can take on even more dimensions. Learning-related issues such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often lead to difficulties in traditional classrooms and on standardized tests; if scholarship applications look foremost at test scores and GPAs, it can mean that LD students lose out. More

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New tools developed to better treat ADHD patients in early stages
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Mayo Clinic researchers presented new findings on the early treatment of child and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in San Francisco. They include a method to get better input from parents and teachers of children who are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time - allowing for more effective treatment upon the first consultation. Researchers also showed how a tool can help clinicians better diagnose and treat children who have both ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder. More

Alcohol abuse common among bullies, victims
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A new study suggests both school bullies and their victims are likely to abuse alcohol after a bullying episode. University of Cincinnati researchers examined bullying, recent alcohol use and heavy drinking episodes among more than 54,000 7th – 12th grade students in schools across Greater Cincinnati, including the tri-state regions of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. More



Autism early intervention can help regulate brain activity in children
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A new type of early intervention therapy called Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is effective for boosting language skills and cognitive thinking in autistic children as young as 18 months old. It can also help their social skills, decrease their symptoms of autism, and push their brain activity to work in a "normal" manner, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. More


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The gifts of dyslexia: HBO documentary sheds light on learning disability
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Over the past 20 years, Stu Shader, who has dyslexia, has worked for some of the biggest tech companies in the country, including Apple, Hyperion, PeopleSoft and Microsoft, where he currently sells software to eBay and Intel. What are the keys to his success? He's a brilliant communicator, able to see the big picture and "boil things down" for his clients. He is perceptive, intuitive and, perhaps most importantly, Shader, 49, says he knows when and how to make accommodations in areas where he feels challenged. More

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For students, why the question is more important than the answer
MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it's a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? Kids who had long been struggling in school said they felt smarter using this method. More

Study: Autism tough to spot before 6 months of age
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The development of 6-month-old babies who are diagnosed with autism in toddlerhood is very similar to that of children without autism, a new study suggests. The study also sheds doubt on the notion that cases of autism that are spotted early are necessarily more severe. The researchers report that youngsters with early-identified autism (spotted at or before 14 months of age) did initially perform less well than a group whose autism was identified later. More


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ADHD may have genetic ties to smoking
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A new study shows that children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to start smoking early and to smoke twice as much as those without the condition. More


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Trouble with learning: Students with disabilities require extra help
Janesville Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Savannah Bennett's family sits down with her each school night to help her do her homework. If Savannah doesn't keep on top of things, she falls behind, said her father, Chuck Bennett. That might sound like most children, but the fifth-grader has a special problem. She has a learning disability. More



3 ways equine therapy can help ADHD
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ADHD is a pervasive problem in this country, and one that is likely to continue to rise. While our society, in many ways, almost seems to promote ADHD with ever-increasing connection avoidance, people continue to struggle to manage ADHD. If we look at the problems and dfficulty connecting with people, we might also look for something less intimidating to connect with, such as horses. More
 
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