The games we play: A troubling dark side in academic publishing
The Guardian Head Quarters blog looks at some worrying allegations that researchers have been gaming the peer review system in several autism and developmental disorder journals.

Hand gestures improve learning in both signers and speakers

Spontaneous gesture can help children learn, whether they use a spoken language or sign language, according to a new report. “Children who can hear use gesture along with speech to communicate as they acquire spoken language,” a researcher said.

Research supporting the common sense conclusion that we need to keep schools quieter

These data suggest that school-aged children’s auditory working memory and comprehension are negatively affected by noise. Performance on comprehension tasks in noise is strongly related to demands placed on working memory, supporting the theory that degrading listening conditions draws resources away from the primary task.

Interesting blog post on dyslexia – language factors, myths, and therapists’ roles