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As 2011 comes to a close, LDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the LD Source a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

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Could a non-invasive test spell the end of dyslexia?
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From Sept. 1, 2011: A simple breath test could identify children with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder before they start school and ensure they are given essential nutrients to feed the brain. All a child has to do is to put his mouth around a disposable tube and blow out a single breath for as long as he can. By measuring the amount of ethane, the breakdown product of Omega 3, the test can show which children and adults could benefit from Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements. More

Adapting to the iPad, called education's equalizer
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From Sept. 15, 2011: A growing number of special-needs students nationwide have returned to school with tablet computers. The tablets are growing in popularity for special-needs students because they can be customized to each child's needs, are lightweight and mobile, and give the kids the sense they're plugged into a larger, high-tech community, educators and parents say. More

Study: Dyslexia not related to intelligence
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From Nov. 11, 2011: One's intelligence appears unrelated to the specific brain pattern that causes dyslexia, researchers reported. The findings are important because they suggest that IQ shouldn't be considered by education specialists when diagnosing dyslexia. In fact, doing so may bar some children from receiving special education services to improve reading comprehension. More

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Math disability linked to problem relating quantities to numerals
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From Oct. 27, 2011: Children who start elementary school with difficulty associating small exact quantities of items with the printed numerals that represent those quantities are more likely to develop a math-related learning disability than are their peers, according to a study. The children in the study who appeared to have difficulty grasping the fundamental concept of exact numerical quantities — that the printed numeral 3, for example, represents three dots on a page — went on to be diagnosed with math learning disability by fifth-grade. More

Linking neuroscience to special education
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From Oct. 20, 2011: Developments in neuroscience could provide new insights into teaching students with disabilities, but more needs to be done to connect scientists studying the brain and educators, says a new policy analysis that highlights several examples of the promise of brain research in the lives of students with disabilities. In the area of dyslexia, for example, brain imaging could help distinguish among students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cognitive impairments and limited language exposure. More

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Q-and-A: The unappreciated benefits of dyslexia
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From Sept. 29, 2011: Normally dyslexia is considered a handicap: a mental deficiency that makes reading, long-division and remembering whether letters and numbers face left or right difficult. Challenging this view, learning disabilities experts Brock and Fernette Eide argue that dyslexia is an alternative way brains can be wired — one with many advantages. More

'Most Unlikely to Succeed' has powerful message of overcoming dyslexia
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From Aug. 12, 2011: Imagine being almost 30 and not able to read or write. That's what happened to Nelson Lauver, author of the memoir "Most Unlikely to Succeed." In 1969, Lauver was a fun-loving first-grader. His enthusiasm came to a halt the following year when dyslexia went undiagnosed. Today, as a radio broadcaster, speaker, humorist and author, he is on a mission to remove the stigma associated with reading disabilities. More

New font aims to help people with dyslexia read with ease
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From Oct. 7, 2011: From robotics to YouTube, technology has many applications that make the world more accessible. Using topography a new font for people with dyslexia lets them in on the action too. The font, created by Boer of Dutch design group Studio Studio, aims to adjust the alphabet to make it more readable for some people with dyslexia. More

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Repeated anesthesia in children tied to learning disabilities
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From Oct. 6, 2011: Any time a young child goes in for surgery, parents have plenty of reasons to worry. But a new study adds another potential cause of concern: learning disabilities — from too much anesthesia. A new study shows kids who were exposed more than once to anesthesia and surgery prior to age 2 were three times as likely to develop speech and language problems when compared to children who never had surgeries at that young age. More

Feds loosen rules on cutting special education spending
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From Sept. 8, 2011: School districts that want to reduce special education spending from one year to the next without restoring what was cut now have the blessing of the U.S. Department of Education. In the past, federal law was interpreted to mean that once a district set its special education budget, it could not be reduced permanently except for very specific reasons. More

With No Child Left Behind overhaul stalled, more schools 'failing'
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From Aug. 4, 2011: As states tally their standardized test scores and graduation rates this summer, they are feeling the squeeze of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law, which Congress has failed to revamp since it came up for reauthorization in 2007. More

Study shows little difference between poor readers with low IQ, poor readers with high IQ
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From Oct. 6, 2011: Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have used an imaging technique to show that the brain activation patterns in children with poor reading skills and a low IQ are similar to those in poor readers with a typical IQ. The work provides more definitive evidence about poor readers having similar kinds of difficulties regardless of their general cognitive ability. More

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