Pa. seeks to standardize early intervention services
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare say inconsistent eligibility standards for early intervention services mean students in one area may qualify for services while students in the next county may not. Some say they agree that changes are needed, but they also have raised concerns that changing the standards could result in fewer students qualifying for services such as speech therapy. The Altoona Mirror (Pa.)
Researchers study fascia massage for children with cerebral palsy
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine are studying how massaging the fascia tissue improves movement in children with cerebral palsy. The technique, known as rolfing after the doctor who popularized it in the 1970s, is believed to relax muscles and joints and improve movement. "This is not a cure," Karen Price, who performs the fascia-massage sessions, said. "This is giving kids the best use of what they have." San Francisco Chronicle
Ohio pilots dyslexia intervention program
Eight Ohio school districts are participating in a state pilot program that aims to judge effectiveness of early-reading interventions in curbing future special education referrals. Funded by the Ohio Department of Education?s Office for Exceptional Children, educators in participating districts will provide three tiers of instruction to struggling students. The Athens Messenger (Ohio)
World CP Day "Change my world in 1 minute" contest underway
United Cerebral Palsy has launched an international contest to help change the lives of people living with cerebral palsy through three innovative ideas: a solar-powered wheelchair, a fold-up wheelchair and a documentary highlighting the achievements of individuals living with CP. From now until March 31, 2013, UCP is inviting researchers, inventors and innovators to submit proposals for how they would bring these ideas to life -- and compete for a $25,000 prize. Think you could invent or create one of these three ideas? Learn more about the contest and World CP Day.
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