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1. How Iowa professors address student accommodations

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 27, 2015

Iowa college professors in this article discuss their challenges with teaching and accommodating students with disabilities in their classes. Most professors do not have training and rely on campus disability services, their own experiences or the students advocating for themselves to guide accommodations. Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model), The (04/26)


2. Children who outgrow autism still need educational support

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 29, 2015

Almost 7% of 589 children who received an early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder outgrew autistic symptoms in elementary school, according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. "When an early ASD diagnosis resolves, there are often other learning and emotional/behavioral diagnoses that remain," lead author Dr. Lisa Shulman said. Examiner.com (04/27)


3. Proposed rule clarifies "maintenance of effort" obligation

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 29, 2015

School districts unable to match or increase special-education funding year to year will be held accountable to the original funding number under a proposed federal rule, slated to take effect July 1. The rule seeks to clarify districts' "maintenance of effort" obligations. Disability Scoop (04/28)


4. Two teachers support students with autism in multiple settings

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 27, 2015

A small Minnesota district uses an autism classroom teacher and an autism-resource specialist to support its students with the developmental disorder. The self-contained classroom setting supports students until they are ready for mainstream placements, and the specialist works with teachers to meet the needs of those already in inclusive settings. SouthernMinn.com (Northfield, Minn.) (04/24)


5. Event expands job skills for students with disabilities

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 29, 2015

Students with disabilities in a Wisconsin school district recently learned how to look for work in an "Amazing Race"-styled lesson. During the event, students met with local employers and sought job applications. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (04/27)


6. Study: Student-led summer reading may sustain, boost skills

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 01, 2015

A recent study suggests that allowing students to pick books to bring home to read during the summer can prevent learning loss. Researchers tested reading levels of students who were allowed to choose their books and others who were given preselected books to bring home during a break. They found three-quarters of students in the free-choice group either maintained or gained reading skills when they returned to school. Reuters (04/29)


7. 3 states may sue over Common Core test problems

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 27, 2015

Billings Gazette (Mont.) (04/24)


8. Study: Disability awareness program led to fewer peer friendships

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 27, 2015

A disability awareness curriculum that included dramatic, open-ended play had little effect on peer acceptance of kindergartners with disabilities in an inclusive setting, a recent study showed. Instead, researchers found that students were more likely to develop their best friendships in a classroom with more structured project-based activities. PsychCentral.com (04/26)


9. Calif. specialists mentor special-ed teachers on best practices

SmartBrief on Special Education | Apr 27, 2015

Milpitas Post (Calif.) (04/24)


10. Loss of control eating syndrome prevalent in children with ADHD

SmartBrief on Special Education | May 01, 2015

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were 12 times more likely to have loss of control eating syndrome than children without ADHD, according to a study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Researchers also found a sevenfold increased likelihood of ADHD in overweight or obese children who also had the eating disorder, compared with overweight or obese children without LOC-ES. Medical News Today (04/29)




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