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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Transgender Mississippi Student ‘Leah’ Supported by High School While Students Protest 
Students at a Batesville, Miss. high school are protesting because they believe that a transgender classmate is receiving “special treatment.” As WLOX 13 reports, over 30 students at South Panola High School have vocalized their opposition to a transgender girl identified only as Leah, who has been allowed to wear female clothing. (via Huffington Post)

Zero Degrees? Time for Baby’s Outdoor Nap
American parents may think they’ve got the naptime drill down, ensuring that their infant is on her back with no loose covers or pillows, possibly in a sleep sack if it’s chilly. But Nordic parents add one element to the mix: fresh air, even in winter. (via Fox News)

BPA Exposure Linked to Asthma in Kids
The list of adverse health effects from BPA exposure continues to grow. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is commonly used to line food and beverage cans, and helps to keep plastics flexible, but studies suggest the compound can leach into the foods we eat. (via TIME)

No Clear Benefits for Kids’ Blood Pressure Checks
There’s no evidence that checking kids’ and teens’ blood pressure – and treating them if it’s high – can reduce their heart risks in adulthood, according to a new analysis. (via Reuters)

Eating Junk Food While Pregnant May Make Your Child a Junk Food Addict
Here’s another reason why a healthy diet during pregnancy is critical to the future health of your children: New research published in the March 2013 issue of The FASEB Journal, suggests that pregnant mothers who consume junk food actually cause changes in the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. (via Science Daily)

Action Video Games Boost Reading Skills of Children with Dyslexia Study Suggests
Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Bayli Silberstein, Bisexual Eight-Grader, Speaks Out as Florida School Board Tries to Block GSA (VIDEO)
A bisexual middle school student has become something of an LGBT celebrity in Florida this week, after her attempt to start a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her school became a countywide controversy. (via Huffington Post)

Yoga Balls Replacing Desk Chairs For Elementary School Students (PHOTOS)
In 11 years of teaching, ditching students’ desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions Robbi Giuliano thinks she ever made. Replacing stationary seats with inflatable bouncers has raised productivity in her fifth-graders at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School, making students better able to focus on lessons while improving their balance and core strength, she said. (via Huffington Post)

Researchers Find a Biological Marker for Dyslexia In Kids
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems. About one in 10 people suffer from dyslexia, the reading disability that does not impair thinking processes or overall intelligence, but hampers the ability to process written language, often making it difficult to rhyme, determine the meaning of a sentence, and recognize words. (via TIME)

UN Report: Man-made Chemicals Cited in Birth Deformities, Cancers
Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday. (via Reuters)

Reduced Risk of Preterm Birth for Pregnant Women Vaccinated During Pandemic Flu
Pregnant women who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009 pandemic were less likely to have premature babies, and their babies weighed more on average. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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Mobile Apps Make Reading Fun for Children With Dyslexia, Occupational Therapist Says
Mobile apps and daily visual activities can encourage children with dyslexia to participate in reading exercises, says Lenin Grajo Ed.M., instructor of occupational science and occupational therapy at Saint Louis University. (via ScienceDaily)

Acetaminophen in Infancy Again Tied to Asthma, Study Suggests
Babies given acetaminophen for fevers and aches may have a heightened risk of asthma symptoms in their preschool years, according to a Danish study. (via Fox News)

Dance Intervention Improves Self-Rated Health of Girls With Internalizing Problems
A dance intervention program improved the self-rated health of Swedish girls with internalizing problems, such as stress and psychosomatic symptoms, according to a new study. (via ScienceDaily)

CPS ‘Healthy Snack And Beverage’ Proposal Could Ban Gatorade, Whole Milk, Sugary Drinks
Chicago Public Schools this week could move to ban the sale of a swath of snacks and drinks deemed unhealthy as part of its broader “Healthy CPS” initiative. (via Huffington Post)

Kansas Board Of Education To Discuss Role Of Cursive Writing In School Curricula At Tuesday Meeting
The Kansas State Board of Education will discuss the role of cursive handwriting in school curricula during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Wichita Eagle reports. (via Huffington Post)

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October Is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Ellen Seidman, who blogs over at To the Max, recently consulted an expert at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to clear up misconceptions and confusion about learning disabilities.  According to NCLD, 15-20% of the U.S. population has a learning disability, a general term for those who may have difficulty learning for any reason.

Recently, NCLD also released results for a survey they conducted — about 2,000 American adults were asked for their views on learning disabilities.  NCLD found that a high number of adults lacked basic understanding of different types of learning disabilities beyond dyslexia.  Instead, most adults associated learning disabilities like dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting), dyscalculia (difficulty with math), and dyspraxia (difficulty with motor skill development) with an autism spectrum disorder, an inability to make emotional connections, and an anxiety disorder, respectively.  Some surprising survey results included:

  • Over 66% of parents want more information about learning disabilities than schools currently provide.
  • 55% of Americans wrongly believe that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities.
  • 22% incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much screen time; 31% believe a cause is poor diet; 24% believe a cause is childhood vaccinations.

Learn more about the survey results from the infographic below.  All information is provided by NCLD.org.

 

National Center for Learning Disabilities

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, April 6th, 2012

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Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds
A new study found a causal link between vision problems and dyslexia.

If You’re Trying to Conceive, Go Easy On Your Workout
Moderate exercise is tied to greater success among women trying to get pregnant, but those who work out vigorously take longer to conceive, an international study has found.

Bilingual Kids Are Better Multi-Taskers, Study Says
Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at multi-tasking than children who learn only one language, a new study finds.

Study Finds 3 Ways Parents Can Cut Kids’ Soda Consumption
The best way for parents to reduce the amount of soft drinks their young children drink is to not serve it with meals, a new study suggests.

The Easter Egg Roll Through the Years
The White House will hold its Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 9. This will be the 134th year for the event.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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After Hardship and Homelessness, National Science Fair Honors
Samantha Garvey, an 18-year-old senior in Long Island, was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work with mussels.

Brain Scans Spot Early Signs of Dyslexia
Instead of waiting for a child to experience reading delays, scientists now say they can identify the reading problem even before children start school, long before they become labeled as poor students and begin to lose confidence in themselves.

Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids’ Obesity
Parents and caregivers should be involved in treatment programs for obese children and should lead by example, praise children’s progress and use setbacks as learning opportunities, experts say.

Children’s Book Award Winners Named
The American Library Association named the winners of the country’s most prestigious children’s book awards on Monday.

Allergic to Cold? It’s a Real Condition, Experts Say
Grant Schlager sounds like a typical Minnesota kid: He loves to play outside, no matter how cold it gets, and he’s pretty excited that a slow-to-start snow season is finally underway. But Grant, who turns 12 this week, has a problem: He is literally allergic to cold. It makes him break out in hives and could cause more serious reactions if he’s not careful.

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Breastfeeding Boosts Kids’ Brains
Australian researchers found that babies mainly breastfed for at least six months went on to score significantly higher in academic tests at the age of ten, especially boys. (Medical News Today)

Brain Scans Predict Dyslexia Improvements
cientists using brain scanning technologies say they have been able to predict with 90% accuracy which children with dyslexia will be able to improve reading skills over a period of a few years. Researchers say their findings reveal activity in specific brain regions during reading that could eventually lead to new treatments for people with dyslexia. (Web MD)

Phillip R Greaves II arrested for selling pedophile how-to book – video
Phillip Greaves, who wrote a book on how to molest children, was arrested at his Pueblo, Colorado home today for selling his book to a Florida police officer. (Examiner.com)

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