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District of Columbia officials, under mounting pressure from a federal judge to overhaul special education services in public schools, promised significant improvements over the next year, including the return of some children now in private schools because the city could not meet their needs.
Wisconsin State Journal
Each year, Dr. Marcia Slattery of the University of Wisconsin and her colleagues treat hundreds of children who are anxious about school-related issues, including homework. For some, the problem is limited to homework. For others, homework exacerbates an existing anxiety disorder or indicates other problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or an underlying learning problem.
The University of Iowa will use a recent grant to design technological adaptations so more students with disabilities readily can access Web sites, digital text and other tools in pursuit of a college education.
BBC News (UK)
Families who paid for a controversial treatment for dyslexia are waiting to see if they have lost their money after the company hit financial difficulties. The Dore program claimed exercises such as tying knots and balancing on "wobble boards" stimulated parts of the brain and improved reading and writing. Some 30,000 children and adults have participated in the program since 2000.
A study that will cost $3.2 billion and last more than two decades to track the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21 will be launched in January, U.S. health officials said on Friday. The National Children's Study will examine factors behind autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, birth defects, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity and other conditions, the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health said.
Hattiesburg American (MS)
Kelly Graves cried when her son, John David, came home from school and read her a short story. It wasn't, however, a public school education that provided him with the ability to comprehend the letters and words on the pages, but rather a new school designed especially for first through third grade students with dyslexia. Dynamic Dyslexia Design, or the 3-D School, moved into its permanent building this weekend and parents like Graves couldn't be more thrilled with the education their kids are receiving.
Nemours Children's Clinic Orlando is unveiling a pilot program aimed at helping preschoolers in Orlando with dyslexia and other reading disabilities before they head to elementary school. Based on Nemours' 3-year-old BrightStart Dyslexia Initiative in Jacksonville, the pilot program will begin screening students today at Nap Ford Community School, a charter school in Orlando, Florida's Parramore neighborhood.
The largest study of U.S. children ever performed aiming to track 100,000 from conception to age 21 will recruit mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York in January. The National Children's Study aims to learn how the environment and other factors affect youngsters' health, especially development of such conditions as autism, asthma, learning disabilities, diabetes and obesity.
US News and World Report
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often require special attention to help manage their behavior. The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for parents of a child with ADHD.
Journal and Courier (IN)
When Mintonye Elementary School students went to the Purdue University football home opener, they didn't know they'd soon meet the players off the field in their school gymnasium. Defensive tackle Ryan Baker told the kids about his own struggles with a learning disability and encouraged them not to make fun of each other but to respect their classmates.
The Spectrum (UT)
Parents gained power through knowledge at an Individual Education Plan workshop last week, learning the basics of an IEP for their children with special needs. "I am really excited with what I learned. Now I know the laws and rights I have." said Enoch resident Cheryl Benkert.
Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore who are examining the neurological basis underpinning attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have shown that children with the condition have less activation in the brain region used to rapidly switch behavior.
The Baltimore Sun (MD)
This school year, Maryland will become the 24th state to require some sort of exit exam for graduation. Supporters say such tests raise academic standards. But critics believe they provide little benefit to those who pass and disproportionately affect students with learning disabilities.
Orange County Register (CA)
A teacher answers: I think you should get the IEP. That was a strange reaction from the school. You are not "saddling" her with a stigma of an IEP. Even if she qualifies for services, she is receiving individual support.
Evening Courier (Canada)
Catherine Taylor has written about a subject that she is not just passionate about, but knows inside out — dyslexia. Her A Useful Dyslexia Handbook For Adults aims to be a simple, no frills book aimed at adults with dyslexia, their relatives, partners and friends, to explain why they are having problems and what they can do about it.
Cradenton Herald (FL)
Myra Donnelly's son needed an early intervention program for his speech delay. But getting him enrolled in one in Manatee County was a struggle, she said. So she and other families started the Special Education Parent-Teacher Association to help parents know what programs are available, who to call, or how to deal with a bureaucracy. The group is registered with the National PTA.
City Pages (MN)
Lisa Loomer's Distracted, in its regional premiere at Mixed Blood, is a play about a specific issue — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Reactions to Distracted will be tinged by whether or not one has experience with ADHD, but it's a drama that stands on its own merits and finds a real heart amid its scattershot elements.
Children with reading disabilities use more of their brains to comprehend sentences, says one of the first published studies to use functional magnetic resonance imaging to compare brain activity associated with sentence comprehension among children with reading disabilities and typical readers.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
A Russian neuropsychologist, a specialist in dealing with visual-spatial and visual-verbal functions of 5- through 9-year-olds, visited Leicester's Primary School Friday to see how that school deals with similar functions in 4-year-old preschoolers and pronounced the local program "incredible" and its teacher "brilliant."
The Guardian (U.K.)
The Rix Centre is holding a conference today to show health and social care managers how multimedia can revolutionize care. The centre was set up in 2004 to exploit new media for the benefit of the learning disabled community and has already trained 1,500 people in using new media such as digital cameras and social networking sites.