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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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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 proof,” or responsibility of convincing a hearing officer whether the IEP developed for a particular […]

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Early Childhood Anesthesia Linked to Problems with Language and Memory A pretty in-depth follow-up to earlier studies on the effects of early anesthesia on learning disabilities. Previous studies relied on secondary measures of neuropsychological functioning…So… …Dr. Caleb Ing, an anesthesiologist at Columbia University, and his colleagues took a closer look. They studied 2,868 children born […]

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Bill aims to help dyslexic children This time it’s Arkansas. A list of state laws pertaining to dyslexia.

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Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study Makes me quite nervous that there are kids who fabricate symptoms of ADHD in order to get medications. For physicians to do a collaborative and differential diagnosis of ADHD apparently takes too much time for some. Using Adderal as a “neuro-enhancer” is another iteration of, or […]

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Judge Rules a High School Student with Disabilities Will Not Get Expelled Fascinating story and case of a high school student who was charged with selling drugs (marijuana) to an undercover deputy. The judge in the case has ruled that the school must readmit the boy because his social thinking weaknesses (autism spectrum) and mental […]

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New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade Great possibilities. Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University has been taking utterances from kids with speech disorders, and creating a synthetic voice that captures melodic elements of the affected person. From NPR

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