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Study: Dyslexia not related to intelligence
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One's intelligence appears unrelated to the specific brain pattern that causes dyslexia, researchers reported. The findings are important because they suggest that IQ shouldn't be considered by education specialists when diagnosing dyslexia. In fact, doing so may bar some children from receiving special education services to improve reading comprehension. More

Hard decisions for learning disabled
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The college admissions process can be stressful for even the most gifted, organized students. But to applicants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities, the path to college can feel like a maze. More

Many teens endure sexual harassment
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As students navigate changing sexual and social norms in middle and high school, many of them confuse the line between joking and sexual harassment, according to a new report. More

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Children with disabilities more likely overweight than peers
Education Week's On Special Education blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Getting kids to exercise and eat right is challenging enough. But what if they will only eat foods that are yellow? Or don't have the same feelings of being full as other people? What if the medicine they take to control some of their behaviors makes them gain a lot of weight, fast, or makes them very lethargic? For students with disabilities, these are all real scenarios, compounding the challenges many children have to stay fit, notes a new report from, an online community for parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. More

Q-and-A: Applying to college with a learning disability
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The Choice has lined up Marybeth Kravets to field questions about applying to college with a learning disability. In this batch of answers, Kravets addresses questions on test scores and foreign language requirement waivers. More

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Forming inclusive classrooms
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
What does having an inclusive classroom really mean? Veteran Kindergarten teacher, Gayle Hernandez, shares her thoughts in the latest National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities blog. More

Opinion: Protect children with disabilities from school violence
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According to blogger Alice Farmer, researcher at Human Rights Watch, children with disabilities — including children with autism, children in wheelchairs and children with learning disorders — face routine violence in schools at higher rates than their peers. Students with disabilities, only 14 percent of all students nationwide, make up 19 percent of those who suffer corporal punishment. More

More districts bringing special ed in house
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North Jersey school districts are increasingly confronting soaring special-education costs by starting in-house classes that are cheaper alternatives to pricey out-of-district programs. But the programs have sparked worries among parents, special-needs advocates and private school administrators who assert the districts are motivated primarily by money and cannot provide the small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios and individualized attention by trained staff offered at out-of-district placements. More

Parents say vouchers helping special needs kids
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Amid public controversy over the use of taxpayer dollars to send special-needs students to private schools, some Oklahoma parents who have taken advantage of the scholarships feel their voices haven't been heard.

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The pen that's smarter than the ... pen
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Livescribe smartpen, the tool that makes pencasting possible, is essentially a mini computer that records what the user hears or says while he or she takes notes on specially coded paper that syncs the written word with the audio file. Users can replay the lesson either by touching the smartpen directly to the paper — at any point in the notes the audio file will sync up. Teachers can also upload the synced pencast to a computer, where students can hear the audio and see the written notes in broadcast fashion. Although Livescribe is relatively new to the K-12 market, teachers and students are already using the technology in a number of ways to improve student performance and extend teacher instruction beyond the classroom. More

Life's extremes: Math vs. Language
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Most people would agree they are better at verbal or math subjects in school, as grades usually do attest. Highly intelligent individuals often do well in both subjects, and may know the answers to both questions above, lickety-split, while less intelligent people can struggle. But a minority of us excels in the language department and bombs at mathematics, or vice versa. By learning more about the regions of our brains responsible for language and math processing, researchers hope to someday better help those with severe deficits, such as in reading ability, called dyslexia, and general numeracy, called dyscalculia. More

Can everyone be smart at everything?
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When a student gets a good grade, wins an award or proudly holds up a painting, we all know by now that we're not supposed to say, "Good job!" Praising the achievement rather than the effort will backfire. To a kid, "Good job" means "You're smart" or "You're talented" — the praise goes to inherent, natural-born abilities or intelligence. But that immediate spark of self-pride will turn into deep self-doubt when the child invariably comes across a bigger challenge and doesn't immediately succeed. More

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