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1 in 20 kids have a disability
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About 5 percent of school-age children in the United States have a disability, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau. The statistic comes from a brief released this month offering an in-depth look at kids ages 5 through 17 with disabilities who live in community settings. More



Background noise challenges dyslexics
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New research suggests the symptoms of dyslexia, including difficulties in reading, are at least partly due to difficulty filtering out excess background information like noise. University of Southern California researchers studied 37 undergraduate students, the researchers, and found that the poor readers performed significantly worse than the control group only when there were high levels of background noise. More

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Could texting too much hurt kids' reading abilities?
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Have you ever wondered why it's tougher for older kids to master reading? Horsham, Pa., resident and business owner John R. Kruidenier, of Kruidenier Education Consulting, knows and soon he'll let the world know — or at least the world of literacy experts — through articles in a forthcoming anthology published by the International Dyslexia Association. To further complicate reading matters, some literacy experts believe that the influx of technological advances in terms of electronic media may cause children to develop acquired dyslexia. Most who are afflicted with the learning disability have developmental dyslexia, Kruidenier said. More


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How to tap talented students with disabilities
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Believed to be the first organization of its kind, Lime Connect (think fresh approach to disability), was launched in 2006 to attract, prepare and connect students with often hidden disabilities such as ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and dyslexia from top schools like Princeton, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Duke. The program helps students get internships and, ultimately, careers at top-tier corporations. More

New anti-bullying trend: Teaching victims to fight back
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Bully-prevention efforts in recent years have focused on identifying the tormenters and enacting zero-tolerance policies. But the new trend in anti-bullying efforts is reaching out to the bullies' targets, the victims — and teaching them to stand up for themselves. More

The healthy skeptic: Promise of ChromaGen lenses for dyslexia a bit blurry
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We rarely stop to think about it, but reading is an amazing accomplishment. It turns markings on a page or a screen into coherent thoughts. It's a complicated process: The eyes see a procession of letters, and the brain turns them into words. The reading process is challenging for people with dyslexia. The disorder isn't well understood, but there seems to be a communication breakdown between the eyes and the brain. Some people with dyslexia have trouble associating letters with sounds and words. Others say that words and letters look blurry, distorted or jumbled. More

Brain pathways seem disrupted in kids with ADHD
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The brains of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show abnormalities in certain areas involved with "visual attention," new research finds. Researchers performed functional MRIs (fMRIs) on 19 children aged 9 to 15 diagnosed with ADHD and 19 without the disorder while the children took a test in which they were shown a set of numbers and then asked to remember whether a subsequent group of numbers matched the original. The scans showed that the kids with ADHD had less activity in the frontal lobe, parietal lobe and temporal lobe. More


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Parents: You aren't alone when you learn your child has a disability
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If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it. When parents learn about any difficulty or problem in their child's development, this information comes as a tremendous blow. More

Teachers' newest online worry: 'cyberbaiting'
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A new report sheds light on an emerging trend known as "cyberbaiting," a phenomenon where students taunt their teachers to the point of outburst, then capture the teachers' reactions via cellphone videos and post those videos online for all to see. Cyberbaiting is the latest example of using social networking for bad behavior, and one in five teachers across the globe has personally experienced cyberbaiting or knows another teacher who has, according to the Norton Online Family Report, a global survey of more than 19,000 students, parents and teachers in 24 countries. More
 
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