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Student with learning disability gets patent for ice safety device
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High School senior Zoe Eggleston said she considered her ice-fishing trips with her father, Brad, a mixed bag: she loved the father-daughter camaraderie but had to fight her terror of falling through the ice. As she confronted her fear time and time again, she said she wanted to find a fix, but wasn't quite sure how. From her earliest days in school, Zoe said she struggled with reading and writing. Diagnosed with a learning disability, she was assigned to special education classes to bolster those skills. More

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Are gifted and special needs students being left behind?
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While there are a number of ways to achieve educational reform, the more critical issue is where that reform is headed. By setting our sights on the middle of the educational bell curve, where children reach proficiency rather than excellence, our best case scenario is a nation of average performers. In our narrow focus on the middle, we not only waste the talent of our most diverse and critical thinkers from both ends of the bell curve, we also jeopardize our opportunity to be successful in a 21st century economy. More

Which treatment is most effective for preschoolers with ADHD?
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Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder usually first appear during the early elementary school years. Many children, however, show signs of ADHD in preschool. Although there are many different treatments for ADHD, including behavioral, training and cognitive, one of the most common approaches is pharmacological. But for preschool-aged children, the side effects and negative outcomes often outweigh the benefits of medication. Addressing the symptoms and behavior associated with ADHD as early as possible can have many benefits for the child and family. More

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A new framework: Improving family engagement
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For many, it's just common sense. The more a student's family is engaged in their child's learning and in the improvement of their child's school, the better off the student and the school. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined more than 80 family engagement thought leaders at D.C.'s Scholars Stanton Elementary School to discuss the strong correlation between family engagement and academic outcomes, and how the Department of Education can provide more support. More




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Early swim lessons help intellectual development
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Get those toddlers signed up for swim lessons, pronto. That's the message from a new study out of Australia's Griffith University that found preschoolers who participate in swimming reach a range of developmental milestones before children who don't. More


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Lessons in inclusion at San Francisco schools
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San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job was to move each chip individually to a plastic cup, an otherwise simple task confounded by thick cotton socks — providing a lesson in what life would be like without fingers or fine motor skills. The challenge in the Miraloma Elementary School gym was repeated, with some variations, at schools across San Francisco as part of National Inclusive Schools Week — an effort to help children understand and support those with disabilities or differences. More

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Iron supplements reduce behavioral problems in low birth weight kids
Medical New Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Low birth weight infants who receive iron supplements have a lower chance of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral problems later in life. The finding came from Swedish researchers at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Umeå University, along with colleagues at the Karolinska Institute, and was published in the journal Pediatrics. More

Help is at hand for kids at risk and students who have given up on themselves
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When he was 14, Ivan Ortiz gave up on himself and his shot at a good life. The high school freshman didn't know how to read and said a learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made going to class pointless. "No teachers would be like, 'Come on, you can do this,'" Ortiz said. "So I would be like, 'Oh, I'm never going to become anything in life, so let me just act a fool.'" More


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Most teens with mental disorders take no medication
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Most U.S. teens with mental disorders are not taking psychiatric medications, finds a large new study that counters a widespread perception. Just 14 percent of teens with any mental disorder take medications designed to alter emotions or behavior, the study finds. In most cases, the medications are those considered appropriate for their conditions, says the report published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. For example, teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are most likely to take stimulants and teens with depression are most likely to take anti-depressants. More

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Autistic student finds healing through art therapy
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Jane Laun remembers getting a phone call almost every day from her son's school, urging her to come get her child because he had had another meltdown. Her son, Justin, is autistic. "I was causing all these troubles," said 15-year-old Justin, who now attends Sunset School Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that works strictly with special needs students. "I would go home early ... I was causing too much damage." But after two years at his new school, Justin's teachers and family say his behavior has changed dramatically. They say he's trying new things like drama and painting through a week-long therapeutic art program that, in turn, helps his socialization skills. More
 
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