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Youngest kids in class may be more likely to get ADHD diagnosis
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study from Iceland adds to existing evidence that kids are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they're among the youngest in their grade at school. The findings suggest — but don't prove — that some children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they're just less mature than their peers. More

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Kids and sports: Exceptions should be made for students with disabilities
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Jacob had dyslexia. He had a learning disability that caused him to struggle in the classroom. It wasn't that he didn't want good grades or that he didn't try hard. He put in more hours than the average student at his school to keep his head above water. After school, he loved sports. He played sports as a younger child and wanted to play on teams as each season presented that opportunity. He was a good athlete and did well with the sports he played. He connected with his coaches and had a great attitude, and modeled good sportsmanship. The insecure feelings he had from his learning disability waned as he strapped on his cleats and was ready for practice. More


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Teen with autism prevails in mainstreaming dispute
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A 13-year-old with autism will be allowed to attend his neighborhood middle school after waging an online protest against a school district plan to segregate him. Henry Frost took to social media after his Tampa, Fla.-area school district insisted that he attend a special program for students with disabilities rather than the school located just yards from his house. In an online petition asking school officials to reconsider, Frost said that the district told him he would need to take tests and demonstrate that he could climb the building's stairs, among other requirements, before he could attend his local school. Frost garnered more than 4,000 supporters on Facebook along with over 6,500 signatures on the petition and now the school district appears to have backed down. More

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Transitioning students with disabilities into college and careers
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Scott Rich is a prime example of how a student with disabilities can be successful. Rich was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and behavioral problems affected him throughout elementary school. He had difficulty engaging to the point that he was expelled on several occasions, and during middle and high school, he suffered anxiety and time management issues. Today, life for Rich is an entirely different story. At age 29, Rich has earned his M.A. in Special Education, a B.A. in Geography, and a Minor in Special Education. Rich now works as an outreach advocate and is mentoring students with special needs and autism. More


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Fostering independence and life skills: For children with developmental disabilities, parenting style matters
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Positive parenting can be particularly effective in helping young children with developmental disabilities become more independent and cooperative, a Brigham Young University study found. Yet, while thousands of research articles have trumpeted the benefits of positive parenting for typically developing children, comparatively few studies have examined positive parenting for children with developmental challenges. More



Tips for reading to children with special needs
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Children with special needs like autism often love to read and to be read to, but knowing the best way to get started can be intimidating. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, senior librarian at the Salt Lake County Kearns Library, runs a sensory storytime for young children with special needs. These are her tips and ideas for parents who want to read at home with their children who have special needs. More

Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley's dyslexia: How Keira's parents got her to read
The Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Well, if you've got a carrot to dangle in front of her, because she has to learn to read," recounted Keira Knightley about her experience with dyslexia, reading and Anna Karenina during her interview with Tavis Smiley on Wednesday night, Nov. 14. During Keira Knightley's conversation with Tavis Smiley, Keira Knightley shared her dyslexia childhood experiences, how she is dealing with her dyslexia today, how she could read Anna Karenina, and how her parents got her to read despite her struggles with dyslexia. More

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Iowa report urges early identification of struggling students
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Achievement gaps among Iowa students are largely driven by challenges such as childhood poverty, according to a report by the state Department of Education. Students with fewer needs tend to perform on par with their non-challenged peers, despite racial differences, the report states. "Students with disabilities, children who do not speak English as their native language and children who come from low-income backgrounds increasingly are falling behind classmates who do not face similar challenges," Education Director Jason Glass writes in the report. More


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Addressing bullying: Schoolwide solutions
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Kids have been bullying each other for generations. But for Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration or the Net Generation, the ability to utilize technology to expand their reach — and the extent of their harm — has increased exponentially. Bullying in all forms, face-to-face or via technology, is of course unacceptable, but today's school leaders need to arm themselves with new rules and strategies to address aggressive behaviors that hurt students' well-being, their academic performance, and school climates overall. More

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Flame retardants linked to neurodevelopmental delays in children
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Prenatal and childhood exposure to flame retardant compounds are linked to poorer attention, fine motor coordination and IQ in school-aged children, a finding by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health that adds to growing health concerns over a chemical prevalent in U.S. households. The new study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, focuses on PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of persistent, endocrine-disrupting compounds widely found in foam furniture, electronics, carpets, upholstery and other consumer products. The chemicals easily leach out into the environment and are inhaled or ingested through dust, then accumulate in human fat cells. More
 
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