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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’

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 … Continue reading

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Caine’s Arcade and The Imagination Foundation

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 … Continue reading

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Temple Grandin Sees Autism’s Positive Side

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 … Continue reading

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Again: Vision and Dyslexia, Unrelated

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 … Continue reading

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Teaching Reading is Harder than Math?

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 … Continue reading

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Kids’ Hilarious First Reactions to Food Caught on Camera

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. … Continue reading

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Arkansas Governor Signs Dyslexia Bill into Law

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 … Continue reading

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Learning Disabilities Movement-50 years Old

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 … Continue reading

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Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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 … Continue reading

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Numbers of Identified Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Continues to Drop

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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Federal Budget Cuts From Sequester Affect Special Education and Title 1

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 … Continue reading

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Maryland Special Education Bill Would Make it Easier for Parents to Dispute IEPs

Maryland Special Education Bill Would Make it easier for parents to dispute IEPs If approved, the legislation would change the current system in Maryland, which states that the person bringing a complaint in special education disputes has the “burden of … Continue reading

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