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Special-Needs Students Still Few at New Orleans Charters

Times-Picayune (LA)

New Orleans public schools had mixed results in bolstering services for the thousands of children with special needs in the city during the past year, according to educators and recent numbers released by the state. Several public schools affiliated with the state-run Recovery School District — charter and non-charters alike — made gains in identifying students with disabilities in a timely fashion, allowing them to focus less on paperwork and more on serving children.

Specialist to Discuss Dyslexia Diagnosis

Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)

Battle Creek's Binda Dyslexia Center will welcome a dyslexia expert Dr. Steven Pastyrnak to town on Saturday. "You always want to treat as early as possible," Pastyrnak said of dyslexia. "When you identify it and treat it aggressively enough, a good percentage of students test at levels as if they did not have a learning disability later on in school."

Specialized MA School Finds Room to Grow

Boston Globe

Few things are as tough on a child's confidence as having trouble learning to read. So after Morag Bamforth's son was diagnosed in first grade with dyslexia, she enrolled him at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The Carroll School's specialized mission - to give students with language-based learning disabilities the tools they need to succeed - is striking a chord with more families despite the dismal economy.

Speech Language Clinicians Connect with Telepractice

T.H.E. Journal

As Ohio's speech-language telepractice pilot enters its fourth year, the collaborative multimedia program continues expansion, and administrators are testing new ways of delivering therapy. The students love it, and plenty of sessions end with children asking, "Can't we do just one more?"

Speech Pathologists Focused All Year

Natchez Democrat (MS)

A look at what speech pathologists do, and how they care credentialed, in the Natchez-Adams School District.

Speech-Language Pathologists Celebrate National Hearing and Speech Month

Fayette Front Page (GA)

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and the Fayette County School System's speech-language pathologists are taking this time to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding of various forms of communication impairments and the work they do to help the county's students overcome and/or cope with their disabilities.

Speech-Language, Special Education Teachers in Big Demand in Wisconsin Due to Retirements

La Crosse Tribune (WI)

Schools are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified teachers to help the more than 32,000 Wisconsin children who have a primary speech-language disability. About 1,900 speech-language pathologists are working in Wisconsin schools, about one for every 16 children with a speech disability.

Speed Bumps on the Way to an ADHD Diagnosis

New York Times

Undiagnosed, ADHD can wreak havoc on relationships, finances and one's self-esteem. Adults with the disorder are twice as likely as those without it to be divorced, for instance, and four times as likely to have car accidents. More than 5 percent of adults have ADHD, but just 10 percent of those adults have a formal diagnosis.

Spelling Bee: Bad at Spelling? Could be Your Genes

Times Online (UK)

In the past, poor spelling was attributed to all manner of things, from bad schooling to a lack of moral fiber. But science is offering a new explanation. A difficulty with spelling could be rooted in your genes and in the way that your brain is wired. These findings stem from research into the language disorder dyslexia, but they are proving important for the wider population.

Spelling Tricks to Keep You from Stumbling!

Tips for Reluctant Readers

There are many words that are difficult to spell. There are also a number of words that either look alike or sound alike, and it is difficult to remember when to use each one. Here are some useful tips and techniques!

Spending Stimulus Funds May Prove Complex

Cleburne Times Review (TX)

A talk with Cleburne ISD superintendent Dr. Ronny Beard about the promise and pitfalls of spending stimulus funds of $1.225 million for Title I schools and $1.591 million for IDEA.

Spielberg on Dyslexia: "You Are Not Alone"

ADDitude Magazine

Despite being bullied in school, Steven Spielberg didn't let dyslexia prevent him from becoming a Hollywood legend. Read his encouraging words for people with learning disabilities.

Springmill School Students in Mansfield Get Pep Talk from 'Basketball' Jones

Mansfield News Journal (OH)

Jim "Basketball" Jones, an expert basketball handler and motivational speaker, dazzled fourth graders while imparting life lessons he learned from his struggles in school as a child with learning disabilities.

SSD Showcases Film on Non-Apparent Disabilities

The Mills Campanil (NY)

On Oct. 21, Services for Students with Disabilities held its first event for students with non-apparent disabilities. The event was the premier of the film "Speaking Our Truths: Surfacing the Stories of Non-Apparent Disabilities," which follows the lives of several people who have struggled to receive an education with disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD.

St. Greg's Launches Rockets and Students' Futures

Chicago Journal

Physics teacher Roy McClean has set up a bench in the parking lot of St. Gregory High School, which is also the only Archdiocese high school that provides for students with learning disabilities or other issues that impede learning. He is starting a lesson in "projectile motion." In other words, students will be launching rockets and hopefully not breaking the windows of any cars.

St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD

Washington Post (DC)

Published in the June 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study compared St. John's wort to a placebo in children aged 6 to 17 and found the herb wasn't any more effective than the placebo at treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

St. Paul Principal Delivers Hard Turnaround Lessons to Visiting AFT President

Minnesota Post

When Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, stepped through the doors of Humboldt High School, Principal Mike Sodomka handed her a yellow folder of dry statistics detailing all the ways in which his school supposedly is a failure. Yet Sodomka wants Weingarten to return to Washington to advocate for schools like his. One-fourth of Humboldt's 894 students receive special-education services. More than 40 percent are just learning English, and more than 90 percent are impoverished.

Staff No-Shows Decried as Rhee Aide Testifies

Washington Post

The District of Columbia's top special education official testified in federal court Monday that some school personnel ignore scheduled meetings with parents, contributing to the city's failure to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities or behavioral challenges.

Staggering New Statistics about ADHD

ADHD News Blog, ADDitude Magazine

The results of a new attention-deficit study conducted by the ADHD Awareness Coalition suggests that 60 percent of ADD adults have lost jobs because of the disorder, nearly half of ADD children experience social struggles, and 38 percent of ADHD kids also have a sleep disorder.

Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed.

Education Week

Some instructional approaches associated closely with special education are gaining traction more quickly than ever as more states and districts look to them as the ideal tools to implement the Common Core State Standards. In particular, two strategies—universal design for learning and response to intervention—are being cited by states in requests for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act in the section about how they will implement the standards. Those familiar with the techniques say the pairings are logical, and the timing is right.

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