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The State (SC)
Using "assistive technology" to overcome learning difficulties is not new. But newer gadgets like Kindles, iPads and smartphones are becoming some of the most popular tools.
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 strategiesuniversal design for learning and response to interventionare 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.
KUHF Houston Public Radio
The University of Houston's Texas Center for Learning Disabilities has been awarded a 5 year, $9 million grant to continue its unique research on learning disabilities.
ADHD Experts Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
If attention deficit has gotten you down, pro baseballer Andres Torres will show you how to swing for the fences.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger (MS)
Special-needs youth with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities are at risk for anxiety and depression if they're excluded or bullied by other young people, a new small study says.
Whether you're a special education teacher or not, you likely teach students who are on the autism spectrum or who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety disorders, or emotional disabilities. Differentiating instruction for such students can be challenging. But as an urban middle school teacher with more than 30 years of experience, I've identified some strategies that increase the chances that we're meeting all students' needs on a daily basis.
Spurred by the U.S. Department of Education's $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant competition, more than a dozen states have passed laws to reform how teachers are evaluated and include student growth as a component. For most students, that growth will be measured on standardized tests. But for special education students that is considerably more complicated.
As a customer, Christine Golding says muffins at Cafe Riverview "are the best on the planet" and she's become a big fan of the orange-lavender variety since the place opened five weeks ago. Cafe Riverview is a real-world classroom for 16 of its employees: They are students or recent graduates of the nearby Riverview School, which helps people with complex learning disabilities learn to live and work independently.
A new report suggests a change in diet can relieve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in some children. ADHD is believed to affect about 3 to 5 percent of children globally and is diagnosed in about 2 to 16 percent of school aged children. Although more research is necessary, some studies show that by changing their diet, it is possible to improve the condition for some ADHD children, said Kim Fleischer Michaelsen, Ph.D., from the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen.
The Day (CT)
It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down. It seems like we were just dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Irene and the delay of the start of the school. But hence, spring is upon us and for schools that means a lot of things, including PPT season. Planning and Placement Team meetings occur near the end of the school year to review the child's progress and plan for the coming year. It is when parents get to hear about the growth their child made that year and what the school will plan to do next year to ensure growth continues.
Two years after Apple introduced the iPad, the tablet is becoming increasingly popular with educators of students with special needs, especially learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. These teachers and administrators are repeatedly turning to iPads, which cost between $300 and $800, and other tablets to improve communication, reading and math skills, to virtually dissect animals or to give students an easier way to take notes. Results, they say, are promising.
Special Education Blog, Education Week
Strategies including response to intervention are making a dent in the over-identification of some students of some backgrounds as having particular disabilities. But it may not be enough to overcome deeply rooted stereotyping all by itself.
The Boston public system is facing a ballooning backlog in its review of special education plans, federally mandated each year for thousands of students, prompting officials to propose one-time bonuses to staffers to get the job done.
Overcoming her fear of math has been tough for my adolescent daughter. But with plenty of support and a lot of parental patience she's finally moving past meltdowns.
Signs of dyslexia may begin even before a child tries to read, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols, cannot just be considered a language problem anymore, as it affects comprehension and visual understanding of symbols and patterns, said Andrea Facoetti, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Padova and co-author of the study. It has been widely "accepted that reading disorders arise from a spoken language problem, [but] results demonstrate the critical role played by visual attention in learning to read."
After months of Americans being unable to fill their drug prescriptions for medications that are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday that the shortages are expected to end this month. Many ADHD medications, such as Adderall, have been in short supply since 2011.
Ever wish you could give advice to yourself as a younger person? That's the premise of the series "Note to Self." Continuing the series, CBS asked Chuck Close, a preeminent portrait painter to give his younger self some advice. Close has overcome enormous obstacles: learning disabilities, face blindness and a rare condition that left him mostly paralyzed more than 20 years ago.
ADHD Experts Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
The right kind of praise can create mini-Rockys, kids who keep getting up when the world knocks them down. Learn how to build real resilience in your ADHD child.
The number of students in special education across Oregon continues to climb as schools struggle to meet state graduation and learning targets for them, according Oregon Department of Education data. The state released two reports on Oregon's 84,707 kids in special education, outlining the number of students needing specialized services and a report card detailing how well districts are meeting those needs.
Like a fourth-grader who keeps jumping out of his chair, the uptick in America's ADHD epidemic demands our attention. According to a new report in Academic Pediatrics, the number of doctor's visits by children being given a diagnosis or treatment for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder jumped to a total of 10.4 million in 2010, representing a 66 percent increase over the year 2000.