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Common Core Testers Unveil Proposed 'Read-Aloud' Accommodations

Education Week, On Special Education

Two accommodations policies under consideration by a 23-state assessment consortium could narrow the pool of children that would qualify for assistance on those tests in some of those states.

Talk Therapy Touted as First-Line Treatment for Youth with Psychosis Risk


A small clinical trial led by an Australian researcher suggests that young people at very high risk for psychotic illness should engage in talk therapy as an initial treatment rather than take antipsychotic drugs.

The Biggest Myths About Girls with ADHD


It's only in recent years that ADHD is becoming better understood in girls and women. But we still have a long way to go, according to Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and coach who specializes in ADHD. She noted that we need to improve how we identify girls with ADHD, evaluate them and administer treatment.

Connecticut School Shooting Unleashed Attack on Disabilities, Too

Education Week, On Special Education

When the media cited unnamed law enforcement officials who said the gunman in the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week may have had a form of autism or a mental health condition, the unconfirmed diagnosis was quickly blamed for triggering the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Distinguishing ADHD from OCD Critical to Treatment Success


Two relatively common disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), both often include symptoms of impaired attention, memory, or behavioral control.

In a new study, clinical psychologist Dr. Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University's School of Psychological Sciences argues that these two neuropsychological disorders have very different roots — and there are enormous consequences if they are mistaken for each other.

Group Tackles Evaluation of Special Education Teachers

Education Week, On Special Education

For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions in statehouses and otherwise. But for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.

The Council for Exceptional Children is trying to change that. In October, the advocacy group released a paper detailing its position on special education teacher evaluation. And today, about 30 leaders from membership organizations, state and local education offices, and schools gathered in Arlington, Va., to discuss the CEC's recommendations.

Oxygen Deficit In Utero Ups Risk of ADHD


A new study discovers a difficult pregnancy and childbirth that limit the amount of oxygen to the brain of a fetus or infant may lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Historically, ADHD has been linked to familial and genetic influences.

School for Students with Dyslexia Approved

San Francisco Chronicle

The Louisiana state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia. The Advocate reports the decision by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education overrides the recommendation of a national evaluation group.

Optician Using Experience to Help Those with Dyslexia


When optician Brenda Rainford is with a client she has all the usual tools of her trade close at hand, including letter charts and a variety of lenses. She also has some more unusual ones, such as a smart pen complete with a camera in the nib and a recording device.

She is not a secret service agent placed undercover to unearth the country's short-sighted enemies however, but a qualified optometrist tasked with solving people's visual problems. She is also dyslexic and uses a variety of devices to support her in her day-to-day work.

Federal Appeals Court Says Districts Must Repay Parents for Special Ed Evaluations

Education Week, On Special Education

A federal appeals court has upheld a longtime U.S. Department of Education regulation requiring school districts, under certain circumstances, to reimburse parents for independent educational evaluations of their children with disabilities.

Psychiatrists Officially Voted Dyslexia Out of DSM-5


On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association voted in Washington, D.C., that the term "dyslexia" will be eliminated from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Ratification of Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Fails

Education Week, On Special Education

The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The chamber fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to approve the treaty, which special education advocates hoped would pass, noting that 90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries have no access to education. In the 61-38 vote, the Associated Press reported, all 38 no votes came from Republicans.

Dyslexia Rights and the Removal of Dyslexia Diagnosis from DSM-5


On Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, the Big Picture Film Team sent out a “Dyslexia Alert” e-mail in regard to the removal of dyslexia from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the manual used by mental health professionals for a diagnosis of mental and neurodevelopmental disorders. The DSM-5 is scheduled to be published in May 2013 and it is the first major update that the manual has undergone since 1994.

Keira Knightley on Dyslexia and How Her Parents Got Her to Read


During Keira Knightley's conversation with Tavis Smiley, Keira Knightley shared her dyslexia childhood experiences, how she is dealing with her dyslexia today, how she could read Anna Karenina, and how her parents got her to read despite her struggles with dyslexia.

People With ADHD Less Likely to Break Law When on Medication, Study Says


People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are taking medication to help control the symptoms of this illness may be less likely to commit crimes, a new Swedish study suggests.

ADHD Medications Improve Decision-Making, But Are They Being Over Used?


The latest studies show that while attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs can be effective, some kids may be wrongly diagnosed — and therefore inappropriately treated — with the stimulant medications.

Assisting Students with Special Needs

Education Week Teacher

How can teachers best assist students with special needs? It's a question facing many of us daily. Three experienced educators — Michael Thornton, Gloria Lodato Wilson, and Ira David Socol — are offering their thoughts on the topic.

Addressing Attendance Issues Concerning Students with Disabilities

Chicago Tribune

Students with emotional or learning disabilities are entitled to an education. But in Chicago, they often miss weeks of school, more than other children. Advocates for the disabled say many children with learning and emotional disabilities go undiagnosed for too long and are then given inadequate assistance. Alienated from classrooms they find humiliating and unrewarding, youth tend to tune out or lash out, leading to suspensions and other missed days.

District of Columbia Settles Lawsuit Over Transport of Special Ed Students

Education Week, On Special Education

After nearly 18 years, the transportation of students with disabilities in the District of Columbia is expected to soon become free of federal oversight. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said last week that the end of the oversight, triggered by a 1995 lawsuit, Petties v. District of Columbia, is a major accomplishment.

For Some Kids with ADHD, Music Has Similar Positive Effects to Medication


The findings are part of a study on the effects of distractors on children with ADHD. A team of researchers, led by FIU Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr., set out to examine how distractions — such as music and television — affect children with ADHD.

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