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This Reading Mama
"Today we’re going to focus on how struggling readers need to learn to read with fluency. Why do some readers have fluency problems? While it varies from child to child, here are a few ideas to chew on."
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St. Petersburg Times (FL)
A parent offers an uplifting story about how, after years of difficulty at school, she and her son, who has Asberger's syndrome, found hope at a new charter school. She says these amazing schools offer hope to parents who think there is none.
New York Times
An ADHD marriage? It may sound like a punch line, but the idea that attention problems can take a toll on adult relationships is getting more attention from mental health experts. In a marriage, the common symptoms of the disorder distraction, disorganization, forgetfulness can easily be misinterpreted as laziness, selfishness, and a lack of love and concern.
San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
In 2005, when the high school that Ken Dreyfuss' daughter Elyssa planned on attending was shut down, he began his crusade to improve the outlook for children in the Bay Area with learning disabilities. His daughter has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Georgia State University, College of Education
College of Education Professor Julie Washington and Assistant Professor Nicole Patton-Terry have received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop one of four national Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs – epicenters of research on learning disabilities.
This could lead to new intervention methods for struggling readers, more accurate diagnoses of students with learning disabilities and further research on middle and high school students’ literacy skills.
Arizona Daily Star (AZ)
Freshman Hannah Morgan has emerged this fall as the most consistent runner on the Pima College women's cross country team. But her work in the classroom impresses coach Greg Wenneborg even more. Morgan said she has dyslexia, a learning disability that impairs her comprehension of information.
LearningWorks for Kids
While texting is obviously not the same as writing a book report, it still involves formulating sentences and communicating in written form. For children who cringe when given a writing assignment, providing opportunities such as texting, scribing, or using speech recognition software helps them recognize that they have something to say… and to write it! For parents who think that texting is not a form of writing, we suggest that you read the studies on texting and writing by Jeff Grabill at the MSU and Beverly Pliester at Coventry University and begin thinking about how you can help your texter develop writing skills.
Rapid City Journal (SD)
As a result of his learning disability, Austin Rasby struggled in school. Now in college, he continues his battle against the disorder. "I'm still a terrible, terrible writer," he said. Yet he is finding that new technology is allowing him to make college more manageable.
Huffington Post: Politics
'Thirty-two states have passed legislation designed to improve third-grade literacy, according to the Education Commission of the States. Retention is part of the policies in 14 states, with some offering more leeway than others. "Passing children up the grade ladder when we know they can't read is irresponsible – and cruel," said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in announcing in his recent State of the State address that third-graders should demonstrate an ability to read before being promoted. He also proposed a $12 million program for improving third-graders' reading skills.'
When optician Brenda Rainford is with a client she has all the usual tools of her trade close at hand, including letter charts and a variety of lenses. She also has some more unusual ones, such as a smart pen complete with a camera in the nib and a recording device.
She is not a secret service agent placed undercover to unearth the country's short-sighted enemies however, but a qualified optometrist tasked with solving people's visual problems. She is also dyslexic and uses a variety of devices to support her in her day-to-day work.
For the first time in 12 years athletes with learning disabilities can compete in The Paralympic games. The category was banned after the Sydney 2000 Paralympics when it emerged players on the Spanish basketball team had faked having a disability. Athletes with learning disabilities were unable to compete in Athens 2004 or Beijing 2008. In the London 2012 Paralympic games 10 British athletes with learning disabilities will compete.
Dyslexia is a disorder that can prevent students from learning, but there are many ways for them to overcome this challenge. One option is now being used by the Tupelo Public School District. Thanks to the Barton Program, students can utilize a scripted program to help them with language intervention.
The Financial (Nation of Georgia)
In response to the rising trend of consumers seeking health information and everyday support online, McNeil Pediatrics, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, on July 9 announced the launch of the "ADHD Moms" online community housed on Facebook.
The Star Tribune (MN)
An Easter Seals project is hosting a yearlong series of free statewide "Demo Days" showcasing different assistive technology devices. Individuals diagnosed with "learning disabilities," sometimes referred to as "print disabilities," cannot access or relate to printed information in the standard way. Assistive technology devices can help.
Gothic Artist and Writer Glenn James was diagnosed as Dyslexic in 2002, after a lifetime of wielding a pen, the artist explores his feelings and experiences about the condition, in the hope that it will help anyone else who is wrestling with it.
When Michael Phelps was a kid, his primary school teacher told his mother he would never amount to anything because he was unable to focus. When Phelps won the first of his 14 Olympic gold medals, in Athens in 2004, he remembered those words as he stood on the podium and listened to the "Stars and Stripes". Despite being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of nine, Phelps went to prove that teacher spectacularly wrong.
ADHD Parenting Blog
When another parent instantly recognized Natalie's differences, it hit me hard that no matter how much we practice social skills, ADHD is always front and center.
Kansas City Star
Even in today's multimedia world, the ability to read remains the linchpin for success in learning and life. Educators Warren H. Wheelock and his wife, Connie J. Campbell, have devoted much of their professional careers to studying the causes of reading disabilities and working to overcome them. The couple has made a gift of $1 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. The money will provide scholarships for students to study reading education, especially the diagnosis and correction of reading and learning disabilities.
If you can read this sentence with ease, consider yourself fortunate: Millions of Americans with dyslexia cannot. In the hope of improving the lives of those struggling readers, a team of experts at Florida State University is working to better understand and diagnose dyslexia and other learning disabilities with a new, $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.