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Neural deficits in children with dyslexia ameliorated by behavioral remediation: Evidence from functional MRI

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Neural deficits in children with dyslexia ameliorated by behavioral remediation: Evidence from functional MRI Contributed by Michael M. Merzenich, January 3, 2003 Developmental dyslexia, characterized by unexplained difficulty in reading, is associated with behavioral deficits in phonological processing. Functional neuroimaging studies have shown a deficit in the neural mechanisms underlying phonological processing in children and Read more…

Preventing Reading Difficulties

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January 16, 2001 Dear Editor: After reading several articles submitted to your educational columns, I am compelled to comment on those that surround reading instruction in our schools. For over thirty-five years, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has studied normal reading development and reading difficulties in more than 10,000 children. Read more…

The Trillion-Dollar Sham in Federal Remedial Education

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by Regna Lee Wood NRRF Director of Statistical Research The National Right to Read Foundation, December 1998 Regna Lee Wood is Director of Statistical Research for The National Right to Read Foundation. Her work has appeared in National Review, Destiny, Network News & Views, a publication of the Hudson Institute, and Oklahoma Council of Public Read more…

When A Child Is Labeled Dyslexic

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by Dr. Patrick Groff NRRF Board Member & Senior Advisor Dr. Patrick Groff, Professor of Education Emeritus San Diego State University, has published over 325 books, monographs, and journal articles and is a nationally known expert in the field of reading instruction. It is an unfortunate, yet easily demonstrated fact that public school officials often Read more…

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Attention Deficit Disorder

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by Dr. Fred. Baughman, Jr. Adult & Child Neurologist In a recent column, Ann Landers said, “Parents need new skills to deal with children with ADD.” What “skills,” Ann? ADD (a.k.a. ADHD, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity) has become the most common “disease” of childhood and is spreading like wildfire. Just as in the pre-Salk Read more…

Medical Malpractice and Its Reading Instruction Analogy

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by Dr. Patrick Groff NRRF Board Member & Senior Advisor Dr. Patrick Groff, Professor of Education Emeritus San Diego State University, has published over 325 books, monographs, and journal articles and is a nationally known expert in the field of reading instruction. The deplorable condition of much modern-day reading instruction in our schools can be Read more…

Special Education Confidential

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How schools use the “learning disability” label to cover up their failures. by Lisa Snell December 2002 Lisa Snell is the director of the education program at the Reason Public Policy Institute The handmade flashcards were not helping my nephew Clayton. My sister Linda confided: “He’s not reading. We practice, but he can’t remember the words Read more…

Behavioral Drugs in Schools: Questions and Concerns

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UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING ON: “Behavioral Drugs in Schools: Questions and Concerns” September 29, 2000 STATEMENT OF DAVID FASSLER, M.D. Representing the AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION And AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILDAND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY INTRODUCTION My name is David Fassler. I’m a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist practicing Read more…