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States Expected to Seek Special Ed. Funding Waivers

Education Week

For the second year in a row, the federal government is bracing for more states to request a pass on requirements that they hold special education spending harmless as they struggle to balance their budgets, leaving school districts to find ways to meet all students' needs with less money.

Kids with ADHD Often Have Other Problem

WebMD

Unfocused, hyperactive children are often dealing with a host of other problems that hinder their progress in school and hurt their relationships, a new study finds. The research, published in the March issue of Pediatrics, finds that nearly 70% of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have at least one other mental or physical problem, like a learning disability, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, or difficulty with hearing or speech.

NYC Mom's Battle to Educate her Learning-Disabled Son Continues Six Years after it Began

New York Daily News

For 20 years, Jamillah Salahuddin has worked as a public school teacher East New York - but the system she has served so loyally let her down when it came to her own child. Salahuddin spent six years fighting to win adequate services for her learning-disabled son in the city's public schools - and her struggle is still not over. Last month, Salahuddin won a judgment against the Education Department that will allow her to send her son to suitable public school or even a private school on the city's dime because public schools in her district failed to address his needs.

Does ADHD Come from Foods?

The Chart Blog, CNN Health

It's still a mystery, and parents and scientists alike are looking for answers about why some 5 million children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition marked by impulsive behavior and a lack of focus. There have been genetic links shown, and plenty of accusations of misdiagnosis, but now the attention turns to a different explanation: Diet.

UK: 'Language Gene' Effect Explored by Edinburgh Scientists

BBC News

Scientists have said their discovery of a gene could help explain dyslexia and speech disorders in children. The University of Edinburgh staff found the gene ROBO1 linked to the mechanism in the brain that helps infants develop speech.

RTI Can't Delay Special Education Evaluations, Feds Say

On Special Education Blog, Education Week

The federal Office of Special Education Programs released a memo last month reminding states that a response-to-intervention process cannot delay the initial evaluation for special education services of a child suspected of having a disability.

Opinion: Instead of Memorizing Facts, Our Kids Need Real Education

Baltimore Sun

The use of multi-sensory education could benefit all American students. Multi-sensory education gives students the skills to process information and develop strategies and critical thinking, rather than simply relying on memorization alone, which does not allow students to engage their brains, and apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom to everyday situations and challenges.

Educating Different Types of Learners

Daily Bruin (CA)

The percentage of UCLA first-year students who self-identify with a learning disability, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has increased, according to the recently released 2010 Cooperative Institutional Research Program's Freshman Survey, which is administered by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.

Helping Teens with ADHD Become Better Drivers

The Spectrum (NY)

A University of Buffalo researcher has developed a behavioral treatment that will help teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) become better drivers. Dr. Gregory A. Fabiano, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, has partnered with professors in the Department of Engineering to assist families as their teens learn to drive.

Speech Language Clinicians Connect with Telepractice

T.H.E. Journal

As Ohio's speech-language telepractice pilot enters its fourth year, the collaborative multimedia program continues expansion, and administrators are testing new ways of delivering therapy. The students love it, and plenty of sessions end with children asking, "Can't we do just one more?"

Helping ADHD Children Master Time

ADDitude Magazine

Children with attention deficit disorder often struggle to understand sequence, tell time, and prioritize — with their education paying the price. Find out how to help your ADHD student comprehend clocks, calendars, and other time management skills, here.

UK: Driving with Dyspraxia

The Telegraph (UK)

Learner drivers with conditions such as dyspraxia, which affects hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and short-term memory can find it even more challenging than most to get their license.

Canada: Why Things Just Don't Add Up for Some Students

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

It is not a typical math test. The elementary school students lie as still as they can in a brain scanner while they answer questions for University of Western Ontario neuroscientist Daniel Ansari. Dr. Ansari and his colleagues study neurological deficits that make it so hard for some children to learn arithmetic, the subtle differences between the brains of children who struggle with the most basic calculations and those who excel.

Local Maryland Program Uses Technology To Help Students Work Through Learning Disabilities

Savage-Guilford Patch (MD)

There isn't just tutoring for helping students with learning disabilities — there is technology, too. A local Maryland educational program not only introduces this technology to students, but also helps them figure out how to learn, and subsequently, how to do better in school.

Disabled Children Finding Fun at New Extreme Kids and Crew Center

New York Daily News

Trips for disabled kids and their familes to playgrounds, parks and museums are often ruined by other kids and parents who stare and say cruel things, often unintentionally. Eliza Factor got so fed up with feeling like an outcast in public spaces that last year she decided to create a community center where families like hers could come together just for fun. She raised about $13,000 from friends and family and created a nonprofit called Extreme Kids and Crew. The goal: build a center specifically for kids with disabilities - ranging from the physical to autism, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities.

Finding Efficiencies in Special Education Programs

Education Week

Educating students with disabilities — a federally mandated responsibility — is seen as one of the costliest services school districts must provide, and one of the last that can be cut. While states and school districts are encouraged to squeeze out every dime in other areas of spending, trying to save money in special education services is thought to be a third rail: Touch it, and you'll get shocked.

Study: Adult ADHD Often Precedes Certain Type of Dementia

U.S. News and World Report

Adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a more than threefold increased risk of developing a common form of degenerative dementia called dementia with lewy bodies (DLB), according to a new study published in the European Journal of Neurology.

Commentary: The Impact of Malloy's Inaugural Revelation About Learning Disabilities

Connecticut Post

Moments after taking his oath of office, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy mused about the tough road that lies ahead for Connecticut and offered some details about his own life — being "different" — because he had learning disabilities and how his parents never let him believe this might limit his future success.

Classroom Aides' Role Dominates Budget Talk

The Citizen of Laconia (NH)

Proposed school staffing, especially the number of teacher aides or para-educators employed by the Inter-Lakes School District, dominated much of the discussion during a day-long budget work session with the school board on Monday. Board member Jack Carty of Meredith said he believes there is a "layer of skepticism" among district residents concerning the number of para-educators Inter-Lakes employs. Inter-Lakes Elementary School Principal Dr. Steve Kelley said the number of aides depends on the mandates of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for special education students and by the individual learning needs of regular education students.

Learning with Disabilities

New York Times

Rayne Nelson, a 21-year-old sophomore at Landmark College in Putney, Vt., does not let her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder throw her off track. Ms. Nelson is paying most of her own way at Landmark, a two-year college exclusively for students with learning disabilities and A.D.H.D. She wants to graduate on time this spring, and with tuition and fees alone at $48,000 a year — more than any other college in the nation — she cannot give in to distraction.

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