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1. Genes & Dyslexia: A Simple Test to Identify Dyslexic Children at Birth is Less Than One Year Away
Reading is a learned skill, not a natural skill that develops as we mature. However, the ease with which we can learn to read is governed by our biological make-up.
week, scientists presented research at the 55th
Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics about
genetic links associated with dyslexia. According to the news
release about this research:
test involves a simple cheek swab. Pediatricians will be able
to accurately identify children with dyslexia at birth.
Appropriate early intervention can eliminate or lessen the severity
of dyslexia before these children reach the age when formal reading
instruction usually takes place. Read
article in The NY Times (registration required)
2. Preventing Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure: Early Intervention and Prevention
Regardless of the child's "label," most children with disabilities have deficits in reading. Parents and teachers need to be knowledgeable about reading problems, appropriate interventions, and prevention. These publications and resources will help.
Reading Difficulties in Young Children by the Committee on
the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, National
Research Council, published by the National
can order this publication as a hardback book, a PDF book, or
both. You can also read this publication online for free. Learn
3. Answers to Questions About Research Based Instruction (RBI)
Looking for research-based information to guide your work with children with disabilities?
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to provide a central, trusted source of scientific evidence about what works in education.
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies on the effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). WWC reports on programs with the strongest design and the strengths and weaknesses so you have the best scientific evidence.
Curious about the reading programs used in your school? The
Florida Center for Reading Research has a section with reviews
of reading programs and curricula. You will also find publications
about the science
of reading, reading
reading, and a
special section for parents.
4. News: Improving Children's Health: the National Children's Study
The National Children's Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children. Researchers will follow these children from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.
The National Children's Study is the first large longitudinal study of children designed to capture exposures from pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy and to examine outcomes of exposures in the context of a child's genetic makeup.
The study includes a consortium of federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Ask the Advocate: My Child with LD/ADD is Not Allowed to Play Sports Because of Low Grades - What Can I Do?
"My son has learning disabilities and ADHD. He loves to play sports, but is often excluded because of his grades - he receives D's and F's in some subjects. According to his IEP, his work should be modified. What can I do?"
"If your son has average ability to learn but is getting D's and F's, it is quite possible that he is not receiving an appropriate education. You need answers to some questions." Read Pat's answer in My Child is Not Allowed to Play Sports Because of Low Grades - What Can I Do?
Read more articles by Pat Howey in Ask the Advocate.
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