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Study: Inclusion may not be best after all
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Inclusion is often believed to be the best option for students with disabilities, but a new study calls into question whether or not the practice truly leads to better outcomes long term. Researchers found that students with autism who spent 75 to 100 percent of their time in general education classrooms were no more likely to complete high school, go to college or see improvements in cognitive functioning than those who spent more time in segregated environments. More

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Off the clock: Giving students more time to demonstrate learning
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Recently, a distressed mom asked me for advice about how to help her smart, hard-working daughter who is struggling in school. Her daughter has always been a poor reader and the mother suspects that she is dyslexic. Better than average grades, however, have prevented the daughter from qualifying for school testing to see if she has a disability. More

4 things all educators should understand about the dyslexic brain
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What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic? All too often the reflex reaction is a stream of negative associations — slow reader, under performance, extra time on exams and difficulty spelling. While it is true that these are common symptoms in students with dyslexia, they are surmountable problems. For any educator, the key to unleashing academic success in dyslexic students lies in understanding how their brains work. More

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Survey on adults with learning disabilities
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LDA's Adult Topics Committee, interested in finding out what adults in the learning disability community need most so we could better prepare resources to help meet those needs, conducted a survey recently. Click here to view the results posted on our website.


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Is childhood ADHD a gateway to smoking in adulthood?
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Children diagnosed with attention hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to pick up smoking than youngsters without the disorder. A group of Canadian researchers lead by Dr. Ridha Joober of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal looked at genetic markers among children with ADHD and found a variant previously implicated in increasing the risk for smoking behavior may also increase the risk for ADHD. According to the study, published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood, this may explain why people who suffer from ADHD are also much more prone to become addicted to cigarettes. More



ADHD drugs do not raise heart risk in children
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Children who take Adderall, Ritalin and other central nervous system stimulants, do not have a higher chance of developing serious heart conditions. This finding, confirming research from 2011, came from a study at the University of Florida and was published in the British Medical Journal. The study contributes to a clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that has been going on for 10 years. More


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Special educators call for leeway in judging performance
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With increased focus on teacher performance, a leading group of special educators is warning that assessing the work they do in the classroom requires a more nuanced approach. Special education teachers must be evaluated based on the complexities of the student population they work with, according to a new position statement from the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional organization that advocates on behalf of special educators. More

Navigating school with a Dyslexic child
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Kyle Redford, a teacher at Marin Country Day School and Education Editor at Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, writes: "It is often said that behind every successful dyslexic is an invested and persistent mother (or parent). Not only do I fit the description, but I taught at my son's school until he was in eighth grade. Yet despite these and other unique advantages, my son's educational journey was still extraordinarily difficult. Moving from one's notion of the ideal child to the real one is a common challenge for many parents, but parents of dyslexic children are hit early and hard with the reality that almost everything to do with learning in the early grades is particularly difficult for their children." More


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Autism interventions need to be supported by more evidence
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Interventions designed to improve core deficits in children with autism spectrum disorders are supported by varying levels of evidence, highlighting the need for well-designed studies to better evaluate the interventions, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers found that when they evaluated the past research on a wide variety of interventions aimed at improving core deficits in social/communication, language, behavior and adaptive skills, the evidence of efficacy ranged from moderate to insufficient. The findings are published in the journal Pediatrics. More

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Trouble with learning: Students with learning disabilities require extra help
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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. Savannah is among the approximately 13 percent of Janesville School District in Wisconsin students with some kind of identified disability. Educating these students has taken on more urgency in recent years with the onset of new accountability systems that fault schools if they don't help all students learn. More



The Brain Trainers
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In the back room of a suburban storefront previously occupied by a yoga studio, Nick Vecchiarello, a 16-year-old from Glen Ridge, N.J., sits at a desk across from Kathryn Duch, a recent college graduate who wears a black shirt emblazoned with the words "Brain Trainer." Spread out on the desk are a dozen playing cards showing symbols of varying colors, shapes and sizes. Nick stares down, searching for three cards whose symbols match. More

For some children with ADHD, music has similar positive effects to medication
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The findings are part of a study on the effects of distractors on children with ADHD. A team of researchers, led by FIU Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr., set out to examine how distractions — such as music and television — affect children with ADHD. Traditionally, Pelham said, parents and teachers believe distractors only have negative effects. Pelham set out to discover how music and videos actually impact the abilities of children with ADHD to focus in the classroom. Leading into the study, Pelham believed the music would have negative effects in many cases, and would have no effects at best. But even a world-renowned psychologist and leading authority on ADHD can be surprised by his own research findings. More
 
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