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States falling short in serving infants, toddlers with disabilities?
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly every state in the country is failing to enroll enough children under age three in programs for children with disabilities, even though the services could shape how they do in school or even keep them out of special education programs all together, a new report from Easter Seals finds. More

Court orders Washington, D.C. to expand preschool special education
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A federal judge ruled recently that the District of Columbia Public School System has failed to provide special education services to hundreds of eligible preschool-age children and ordered that the city redouble its efforts to find, assess and treat those with special needs. More

Could recent cuts to special education, Title I be undone?
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The last time Congress passed a short-term budget bill, it cut spending on special education, Title I, and a small group of other education programs. Although a new bill was passed, these programs won't be cut again, something that had worried special education and other advocates. More

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Bullying on the bus on the rise, according to surveys
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In a survey of school transportation directors and bus drivers, nearly 72 percent of them say bullying — from repeated name-calling to physical assault — is a serious problem on their buses, according to the National Association for Pupil Transportation. More

Moderate noise level can help learning
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The step from basic research to application is sometimes long, but not always. Sverker Sikstrom studies how noise affects our learning. A while ago, he was able to overturn the prevalent conception that all noise disturbs the learning process. For those people who have difficulty concentrating, the opposite was shown to be true; a moderately loud noise ('white noise' at the same volume as a vacuum cleaner) makes it easier for them to concentrate. More

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Cup stacking helps students achieve
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Little did April Giauque, a fifth-grade teacher at Spectrum Academy in North Salt Lake, Utah, know that a way to improve her son's reading ability could be as simple as pulling out some cups and stacking them in pyramid formation. Giauque's son struggles with severe dyslexia. More

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff
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We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident. But as anyone who's ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology. More

New guideline: ADHD evaluation can begin at age 4
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"Primary care physicians should initiate an ADHD evaluation for any child 4 through 18 who has school or behavioral problems and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity." This is guideline Number One in the American Academy of Pediatrics' new clinical guideline for diagnosing and managing attention deficit in children. The updated guideline represents a significant expansion; the previous document addressed children ages 6 to 12 only. More

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ADD sleep remedies for kids
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Better sleep leads to better control of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children. A good night's sleep is vital to your child's mood and brain function. Studies show that not getting enough rest can worsen ADD/ADHD symptoms, leading to loss of emotional control. It can also adversely affect working memory, a problem many of our children suffer from. More

Texting may be new arena for bullies
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Texting among U.S. children is increasing in popularity, and as a result, more kids may be harassed or bullied via text messages, a new study finds. The study included 1,588 young people aged 10 to 15 who answered questions online in 2006, 2007, and 2008 as part of the Growing Up with Media survey. More

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