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Study Shows Dyslexia Brain Hears Sounds Fuzzy

Fox News

Dyslexia may be rooted in a problem the brain has in teasing out distinct sounds from the incoming garble, researchers say.

Fraction of Special Ed. Students Proficient on National Writing Test

Education Week, On Special Education

The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities who took the national writing assessment known as the "nation's report card" did not perform at the proficient level on the test.

How to Help Children Succeed

This American Life, NPR

Host Ira Glass talks with Paul Tough, author of the new book "How Children Succeed," about the traditional ways we measure ability and intelligence in American schools. They talk about the focus on cognitive abilities, conventional "book smarts." They discuss the current emphasis on these kinds of skills in American education, and the emphasis standardized testing, and then turn our attention to a growing body of research that suggests we may be on the verge of a new approach to some of the biggest challenges facing American schools today.

ADHD Awareness Month Focuses on Long-term Risks of Failure to Treat Condition

The Gazette (IA)

September is National ADHD Awareness Month and brain training expert Courtney Axline of Cedar Rapids is sharing information on the high cost of not treating ADHD.

Military Families Overseas Struggle to Get Services for Children with Disabilities

Education Week, On Special Education

While families in the United States sometimes struggle to get the right diagnoses and services for their children with disabilities, a new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights the special challenges families in the military face.

Ohio Voucher Program Attracts Students with Learning Disabilities

Education Week, On Special Education

Nearly 1,400 students with disabilities will attend private schools this year, pay for private therapy, or transfer to a public school outside their district in Ohio using a new voucher program. The overwhelming majority of students who signed up, more than 1,000, have learning disabilities, the Ohio Department of Education said.

The Legal Side of RTI and Students with Learning Disabilities

Education Week, On Special Education

In a new three-part discussion about response to intervention, Lehigh University Professor Perry A. Zirkel discusses the legal implications of this approach to addressing and ferreting out learning disabilities.

Assisted Listening Devices Benefit Children with Dyslexia

MedicalXpress.com

For children with dyslexia, the use of assistive listening devices (classroom frequency modulation systems) reduces auditory processing variability, with concomitant improvements in reading and phonological awareness, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Learning Disabilities: New Survey Finds Americans Confused About Causes, Treatments And Rights

The Sacramento Bee

Results from a new survey released by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) reveal that Americans lack basic understanding of learning disabilities other than dyslexia, and improperly cite childhood vaccines, subpar diet and poor eyesight as potential causes. An estimated 15-20% of the U.S. population has a learning disability, broadly defined as difficulty learning in a typical manner.

Cancer Drug Shows Potential to Prevent Learning Disabilities

PsychCentral

A new mouse study shows that a drug originally developed to stop cancerous tumors may hold the potential to prevent abnormal brain cell growth and learning disabilities in some children — if they can be diagnosed early enough.

Paralympics to Allow Athletes with Learning Disabilities to Compete

BBC

For the first time in 12 years athletes with learning disabilities can compete in The Paralympic games. The category was banned after the Sydney 2000 Paralympics when it emerged players on the Spanish basketball team had faked having a disability. Athletes with learning disabilities were unable to compete in Athens 2004 or Beijing 2008. In the London 2012 Paralympic games 10 British athletes with learning disabilities will compete.

Early Diagnosis Helps Kids with ADHD

The Republic (IN)

For some children, starting school is more than just making new friends and breaking in a new backpack. It can also be the time when the parents hear for the first time that their rambunctious or easily distracted child may have ADHD.

ADHD Symptoms 'Present in Most Children who Stutter'

News-Medical.net

Over half of school-age children who stutter (CWS) have sufficient attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms to warrant referral for clinical evaluation, the results of a US study of parental reports indicates.

ADHD: Girls Get It, Too

WBUR

The stereotypical boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder bounces off the wall of his classroom, unable to sit still or pay attention to lessons. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, but a new study suggests that when girls do have the condition, they are likely to have serious challenges.

Overcoming a Learning Disability

WTNH

NCLD Allegra Ford Scholarship winner, Joshua Piscitello, talks about recognizing and overcoming learning disabilities before heading back to school.

For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

KQED MindShift

For Elizabeth and the millions of students who are "print disabled" — meaning they have trouble reading because of dyslexia or vision impairment — many textbooks are not available in an audio format or in any other format that's easily accessible. Bookshare converts texts into accessible digital formats–mostly audio and digital braille–for those who can't decipher print.

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Child on ADHD Medication

Fox News Health

Medication for ADHD can make a dramatic difference if it's used appropriately, yet some experts say these pills are being overly prescribed. In fact, according to study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, approximately 2.8 million or 3.5 percent of children were prescribed ADHD medication in 2008, up from 2.4 percent 12 years earlier. If you are concerned your child has ADHD, or he or she has already received a diagnosis, here are five questions to ask before opting for meds.

Girls with ADHD More Prone to Self-Harm, Suicide in Later Years

PsychCentral

As girls with ADHD become adults, they are especially prone toward internalizing their problems and feelings of inadequacy — that in turn can lead to self-injury and even attempted suicide, according to new findings from the University of California, Berkeley.

New Insights Into the Neuroscience of Dyslexia

PsychCentral

Neuroscientist Begoña Díaz, Ph.D., and her colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, have discovered an important neural mechanism underlying dyslexia. They believe problems arise in the part of the brain called the medial geniculate body in the thalamus. Experts believe this discovery can provide the basis for developing potential treatments for the condition.

New Professional Development Center Proposed for Special Educators

Education Week, On Special Education blog

How can special education teachers be more effective? The federal Education Department is funding a new center to find out. The department's office of special education said Thursday of the Center to Support the Development of Effective Educators to Serve Students with Disabilities.

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