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Looking forward to seeing this documentary film, “Dislecksia”, by Harvey Hubbell.

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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’ I know there are well-meaning people who advocate for vision therapy as an effective way to treat certain aspects of learing disorders. As with most enterprises there are scams and a risk of over-selling. Certain kids need vision training. Most kids with reading [...]

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The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s an inspiring and on-going story of [...]

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Many of you have heard of Temple Grandin. She’s a professor at Colorado State University, known for her ability to think in pictures in similar way, she says, to animals. She gained initial recognition by applying that ability and her affinity with animals, by revolutionizing the business of animal husbandry and humane treatment even within [...]

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Vision and Dyslexia, Unrelated Here’s another study, based on pretty sophisticated brain imaging that shows that visual system processing and dyslexia are not linked. While there is little debate that visual processing is important in reading and learning, the evidence piles up that when it comes to dyslexia, the most common cause of reading and [...]

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In Raising Scores, 1 2 3 Is Easier Than A B C Given that this article looks at the performance of low income students, I’m sure this is a multi-faceted issue, but it seems to be more evidence that teachers need more and different training in the science of reading instruction.

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Kids’ Hilarious First Reactions to Food Caught on Camera Had to post this one. Great facial, muscular reactions by little kids. I must admit I had a pretty similar reaction to Vegemite the first (and only) time I tried it. Enjoy.

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Citizens celebrate ‘Dyslexia Bill’ New Dyslexia Bill signed into law in Arkansas. Good. And somehow, as handfuls of state legislatures have already passed or are considering passage of similar bills to ensure better and earlier screening, the DSM-5 (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), due to come out soon, is apparently eliminating the [...]

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Learning disabilities’ movement turns 50 James Baucom, long-time faculty member of Landmark College writes in the Washington Post about a watershed speech given back in 1963, which galvanized support and awareness of the reality of “learning disabilities” instead of minimal brain damage. This eventually led to Public Law 94-142, the civil rights for education law.

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www.psychiatrictimes.com/autism/content/article/10168/2132823 According to some estimates, more than half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) try complementary and alternative treatments (CATs). When you’re the parent of such a child you can find references to so many alternative treatments that purport to bring relief (online and through word of mouth), that you run the [...]

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Makes you wonder, is there more effective teaching going on, or are fewer kids being identified due to economic constraints: Number of Students Classified As Learning Disabled Continues to Drop [via Education Week] .

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Worst victims of Education Sequestration are poor kids and special education students Goodness knows there’s plenty of waste in large scale budgets, but as I’ve been hearing from teachers and specialists I know, these sequester-mitigated cuts are going to hurt kids with disabilities. Districts will have to do more with less. This has already been [...]

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