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Study spots early signs of math disabilities in kids
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A number of factors associated with math disability in children have been identified by researchers. The study included 177 children in 12 public schools in Missouri who were tested one to three times a year from kindergarten through fifth grade. The results showed that those who had trouble understanding the fundamental concept of exact numerical quantities — for example, that the printed numeral 3 represents three dots on a page — when they started school were diagnosed with a math learning disability by fifth grade. More



Brain's visual 'dictionary' allows speedy reading
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The brain holds a "visual dictionary" of words we have read, allowing quick recognition without sounding out words each time we see them, a new study finds. The research, presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., could be useful for understanding the causes of reading disorders such as dyslexia, according to the researchers. More

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Most kids lack early intervention services
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Just a fraction of the nation's children with disabilities and developmental delays may be accessing the early intervention services they need, a new advocacy group report suggests. An analysis released by Easter Seals indicates that fewer than 3 percent of kids are participating in the government-funded Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C program, which offers early intervention services to children up to age 3. More

Often excluded, more special needs students taking NAEP
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Following a push to make "the nation's report card" better reflect the academic performance of all children in America's schools, most states boosted the numbers of students with disabilities and English-language learners who participated in the 2011 reading and math tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. More


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Minority members say efforts to rewrite education law fail to protect minority children
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Minority lawmakers say House and Senate plans to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law fail to protect minority children, those with disabilities and children learning English. More

Big, little, tall and tiny: Learning spatial terms improves children's spatial skills
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Preschool children who hear their parents describe the size and shape of objects and then use those words themselves perform better on tests of their spatial skills, researchers at the University of Chicago have found. The study is the first to show that learning to use a wide range of spatial words predicts children's later spatial thinking, which in turn is important in mathematics, science and technology. More

Special tax deductions for special education
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than six million children in the U.S. fall into the "special needs" category, and their ranks are expanding. The number of those affected by one developmental disability alone — autism — grew more than 70 percent between 2005 and 2010. The tax code can help — if you know where to look. More


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Lacrosse star Paul Rabil, writer Philip Schultz advocate for learning disabled
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lacrosse star Paul Rabil talks with Jay Budin, 11, while touring The Lab School, to see its hands-on, active teaching methods in Washington. Rabil and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz have dyslexia and talked to kids at the school on how they were able to study for tests using non-traditional techniques. More

Schools fall short as teens with disabilities jump to adulthood
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Schools in San Diego County are supposed to help teens with disabilities make the jump to adulthood under federal law. They are required to work with students to draw up plans that include their goals for after high school, what classes they should take to achieve them, and what services the school district will supply to help. More

ADHD in women and girls: The importance of early diagnosis
ADDitude    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are not only less frequently diagnosed than their male counterparts. ADD/ADHD girls and women often require gender-specific treatments to help manage symptoms, succeed at school and work and have successful relationships. More
 
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