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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Teachers have always had ways of dealing with students who struggle with certain lessons. But improvements in technology and a growing awareness of how to use test data to improve teaching are inspiring schools to take a more clinical approach. Soon such methods could be all but mandatory for Wisconsin's public schools.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
In July 1994, East St. Louis School District 189 settled a class-action lawsuit in which it promised to educate students with behavior disordersthe district had been turning them away. The district promised that it would not permanently exclude children with disabilities from school, and it would provide a free, appropriate education to all students with disabilities. In other words, it would meet the basic premise of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Nearly 20 years later, the Legal Aid lawyer who brought that case says East St. Louis still doesn't know how to do right by its students with disabilities.
A large majority of U.S. teachers believe that schools are not doing enough to prepare students with diverse learning needs for success after high school, according to a nationwide survey released today.
The drop-off in stimulus spending by the federal government is likely to put a dent in special education programs at some New Orleans schools, with the Orleans Parish School Board planning deep cuts in its special-ed workforce ahead of the next school year.
ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitude Magazine
Under so much pressure to succeed socially and academically in a new school, can my ADHD teenage daughter survive her first semester of high school? Can I, her anxious, overwhelmed ADHD dad, help her?
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
It's official: This month, Oregon asked the U.S. Department of Education to allow it to cut about $15.7 million from its special education budget and not lose the same amount of federal money for students with disabilitiesa double hit.
Braintree Patch (MA)
"Congratulations," a friend remarked to me recently, "You finally have a diagnosis." She was referring to the recent confirmation of my son's dyslexia. I had long suspected, since the time that he was two to be exact, that my son's aversion to Sesame Street was more innate than television snobbery.
For three years after my 9-year-old son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, I figured he was the problem. After all, I was getting constant calls from his teachers, complaining that he was misbehaving or hadn't done his homework, or had lost another field trip permission form. At home, he'd routinely melt down, taking out his frustrations by picking fights with his younger brother and me.
Los Angeles Times
A new study appears to lend credence to the belief that restricting certain foods could ease kids' symptoms. But question are raised about the validity of the research and the ability to follow a draconian diet.
East Valley Tribune (AZ)
The first time I walked into a review of my son's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at his school, I was met by his teacher, the teacher for the next grade, the school psychologist and the school speech pathologist. My son was diagnosed early on with a language delay. He spent two years in our school district's preschool program. That year, he was making the jump to kindergarten. When a child with special needs qualifies for services from a school district in Arizona, an IEP is written to outline goals for the child, as well as information about what the school will provide (in our case, weekly speech therapy).
Shore News Today (NJ)
Once challenged by reading, Samantha Ravelli is now an honor student. Soon Samantha Ravelli will say goodbye to Ocean City Intermediate School and the teachers who, with the help of the revolutionary Wilson Program, helped her learn to read. Though the eighth-grade honor student will always have dyslexia, she won't allow the diagnosis to define her, or hold her back as she heads to Ocean City High School.
College acceptance letters have started to trickle in, but now how to finance university tuition? These scholarships, specifically awarded to ADD/ADHD and LD students, have approaching deadlines.
Response to intervention has exploded into one of the most popular school initiatives in the country, but experts caution that RTI's use is far outstripping its research base. While the heightened interest has spurred research advances in key aspects of RTI, such as universal screening tools and initial interventions, other areas have little or no research support. Moreover, experts worry the historically piecemeal approach to studying RTI can give educators a skewed view of how to employ it effectively, and for what purpose.
NewsChannel 9 WSYR (NY)
More children are being diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study found 4.1 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 were reported by their parents to be currently diagnosed with ADHD in 2007. That is equivalent to 9.5 percent of the children in the country and it's one million more than were diagnosed in 2003.
Wall Street Journal
Babies born with low scores on the Apgar test of newborn vitality are at higher risk to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than infants with near-perfect scores, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Yale Daily News (CT)
A Yale School of Medicine student affected by dyslexia will receive special testing accommodations for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination after he was denied them twice. Frederick Romberg MED '12 will receive double the standard testing time and a separate testing area to take the examination as a result of a settlement reached by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Board of Medical Examiners Feb. 22. in accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A sleep deficit of less than one hour of nightly sleep, over the course of six days, can cause children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to be wary and less attentive. Researchers writing in the journal Sleep discovered even moderate reductions in sleep duration can affect an ADHD child's brain and their neurobehavioral functioning, which in turn appears to have a negative impact on their academic performance.
As response to intervention becomes more popular, education leaders find the framework's fluidity and broad application at times can be an awkward fit for some of the federal programs often used to pay for it.
Black students and high schoolers who aren't native English speakers are too often funneled into special education, while dyslexic students who need the extra help are left to flounder, according to a critical study of the Houston Independent School District's special education department.
Kansas legislators struggled Wednesday to resolve how to satisfy the federal government's demands that the state boost spending on special education programs in public schools without undercutting Gov. Sam Brownback's effort to trim the current state budget. State officials said the U.S. Department of Education has warned Kansas that federal law requires the state to increase its special education funding by more than $26 million. Otherwise, the state faces the loss of the same amount of federal funds every year going forward.