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Study: Kids with Eczema More Likely to Have ADHD


Children with eczema are more likely to also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than those without the skin problem, according to a study. Young people with atopic eczema were 54 percent more likely to have an ADHD diagnosis than those without it.

Study: Minority Families Get Less Information about ADHD

Associated Press

Michigan State University researchers say minority families don't get enough information about treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. ADHD affects up to 7 percent of American children.

Study: More Evidence Links Specific Genes to ADHD

USA Today

Variations in genes involved in brain signaling pathways appear to be linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. The findings suggest that drugs that act on these pathways may offer a new treatment option for ADHD patients with the gene variants, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researchers said.

Study: Pa. Short on Special-Ed Funding

Philadelphia Inquirer

Most school districts in Pennsylvania are not spending enough to meet the basic needs of special education students, according to a new study. The study found that 391 of the state's 501 school districts are spending less than a basic-adequacy level on special education. Combined, that amounts to a shortfall of $380 million annually, or $1,947 per special education student.

Study: Pesticides May Double ADHD Risk

Health News Blog, CBS

As an increasing number of children are diagnosed with ADHD, parents and doctors have been scrambling to understand why. The answer might be on their dinner plates. A new study suggests that exposure to pesticides often used in commercial farming may be pushing the trend.

Study: Testing Firms Not Complying with Law on Disabled

USA Today

A new federal study criticizes the Justice Department for failing to enforce laws that provide disabled students with special accommodations for taking the SAT, bar exam and other high-stakes tests.

Study: Words Not Needed For Counting

NBC11 (CA)

Knowing the words for numbers is not necessary to be able to count, according to a new study of aboriginal children by University College London and the University of Melbourne. The study of the aboriginal children — from two communities which do not have words or gestures for numbers — found that they were able to copy and perform number-related tasks. The findings, published in the journal PNAS, suggest that humans possess an innate mechanism for counting, which may develop differently in children with dyscalculia.

Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them

New York Times

For much of the last century, educators and many scientists believed that children could not learn math at all before the age of five, that their brains simply were not ready. But recent research has turned that assumption on its head — that, and a host of other conventional wisdom about geometry, reading, language and self-control in class. The findings, mostly from a branch of research called cognitive neuroscience, are helping to clarify when young brains are best able to grasp fundamental concepts.

Success in the Cards for Teenager

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

Hena Haines, 18, will graduate today as Wheeler High School's valedictorian and will attend Harvard in the fall. Among other things, she credits using flashcards to help her compensate for her dyslexia. "We're in the process of moving to Colorado," said Haines' mother, Hiemi. "We're finding tubs and tubs full of flashcards."

Suffering Test Anxiety

Baltimore Sun

Educators fear that a large number of English-language learners, as well as a large population of special- education students in Maryland, might be denied a diploma in June because they cannot pass the High School Assessments. This week, the Maryland State Board of Education took a final vote to continue the requirement, which will take effect for the first time for this year's senior class.

Suing Public District to Pay for Private School


Earlier this year a judge ruled the Minneapolis Public School District had failed to provide a free and appropriate public education to 12-year-old Cameron Bradshaw. The judge ordered the district to pay $6800, the portion of the family's tuition that's not covered by a scholarship to a private school specializing in the Orton-Gillingham method. The district is appealing, and so the family will be in court yet again this week.

Summer Camp Director Sees Something Special in Kids

Enterprise Ledger (AL)

Attention Deficit Disorder, emotionally conflicted, developmentally disabled. Whatever the label, they are all James Warren's kids. For 34 summers, Warren has run a six-week day camp for special needs children in Enterprise, Alabama. Inspired by his daughter Aresha, Warren became interested in special education and worked as a behavior specialist at New Brockton High School.

Summer Learning Benefits Children with Disabilities

Springfield News-Sun (OH)

Parents of children with disabilities sometimes struggle with finding appropriate learning activities during the summer months, according to the Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities. However, there are a variety of websites to help ensure that kids with disabilities don't experience loss over the summer months.

Summer of 'Surgical Strike Teaching' at Parkview ES

The Keller Citizen (TX)

About 30 students attended the three-week Kids Using Technology to Enhance Literacy (KUTTEL) program, held three mornings a week. Children used an Internet-based supplemental reading program that assesses and targets individual student weaknesses. "We call it surgical strike teaching," said Cathy Youngblood, Parkview's intervention specialist and the coordinator for the camp. "It's getting more to what the child needs and not wasting time on skills they already know."

Summer School — Better Late than Never

The Times (IL)

This articles looks at the routes local school administrators can take to help students who are lagging behind their peers, including: retention; special education and diagnosing learning disabilities; credit recovery programs; and summer school.

Summit Helps Empower Girls with ADHD

Courier Times (PA)

They're sometimes labeled as being lazy, klutzy or airheads. In reality, girls with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are as smart, creative and hard-working as other girls. They can grow up to be or do anything they wish, but their diagnosis can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem, as it did for the 7-year-old daughter of Natalie Knochenhauer several years ago. She was worried that she was the only girl out there with ADHD.

Superintendent Responds to Special Education Program Audit

Santa Monica Mirror

After an audit faulted Santa Monica schools for its special education practices, Superintendent Dianne Talarico stressed that the district should only use settlement agreements "as a last resort when an impasse has been reached in resolving disagreements at the IEP [Individual Education Plan] level and that such an agreement will require approval at the superintendent level."

Support for ADHD Struggles

Cochrane Times (Canada)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult for parents to manage with their children, especially if they don't have anyone to turn to. So the town of Cochrane is organizing a program with the hopes of connecting families with ADHD children, so that they can share their experiences of coping with the disorder.

Support Group Plans Drive to Raise ADHD Awareness

Arab News, Saudi Arabia

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Support Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is planning to educate government departments, hospitals and members of the public about the need to provide help to children who suffer from the condition.

Supporters Vital Part in ADHD

The London Free Press (Canada)

While many teachers think about ADHD in the classroom, a local psychologist is asking coaches to be aware of signs of the disorder as well. Athletes can also learn how to turn ADHD into a positive by focusing their energy. Deborah Phelps has said she had a task list she went over with her son, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

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