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The Times (NJ)
As a teenager at Franklin High School, Frances Deavereaux became close with a teacher who recognized her learning disability. But with the teacher's sudden death, Deavereaux gave up on literacy. Until recently, that is. She's now working with Literacy Volunteers of America, and making strides in her reading.
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Guelph Mercury (Canada)
Leonie Matfin left school at 14 without having attained more than the most basic reading skills. In 2003, at age 61, she approached Action Read Community Literacy Centre determined to overcome her dyslexia and her past. With the unflagging support of her tutor, Sharon Nancekivell, she has since completed the first of two volumes of her memoirs.
Ty Pennington, host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, was apparently a challenging child to raise due to his AD/HD behaviors. His psychologist mother, Dr. Yvonne Pennington, will share her mothering experiences with parents, teachers and mental health professionals who attend the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) conference on May 9, 2009, at the Baltimore Hilton.
There are now about 40,000 educational applications for the iPad, Apple reports, and districts that launched pilot programs last school year now are stepping up their iPad use for special-needs students after seeing results. For example, in Zeeland, Mich., students are starting the school year with 3,100 new iPads, courtesy of a $5.3 million bond issue that will include $1.5million for the tablets, says superintendent David Barry. According to Barry, video can be used to practice social skills, speech recognition aids students who have writing difficulties, and the touch screen makes use easy for children who have dexterity problems.
Despite an increased understanding that kids learn differently, a majority of Americans still do not completely understand what conditions are related to learning disabilities, a new poll says. The report by the Tremaine Foundation, which supports programs in arts, environment and disabilities, is based on a telephone poll of 1,000 adults.
Students with emotional or learning disabilities are entitled to an education. But in Chicago, they often miss weeks of school, more than other children. Advocates for the disabled say many children with learning and emotional disabilities go undiagnosed for too long and are then given inadequate assistance. Alienated from classrooms they find humiliating and unrewarding, youth tend to tune out or lash out, leading to suspensions and other missed days.
ADHD Experts Blog, ADDitudemag.com
"My son was diagnosed with ADHD, but the IEP team ruled that he qualifies only for language impairment help. I recently had him evaluated, and he was diagnosed with dyslexia. How can I make sure he gets the help he needs?"
TIME Ideas Blog
"The Diet Factor in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder," the much-cited study released by the journal Pediatrics this week, did not make much of a case for using dietary change to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But it did make an interesting case for using food control to treat parents' angst about their kids' ADHD.
The Gazette (IA)
September is National ADHD Awareness Month and brain training expert Courtney Axline of Cedar Rapids is sharing information on the high cost of not treating ADHD.
Cognitive and behavioral therapies that help young people reduce impulsivity and cultivate good study habits are costlier and take longer to administer, but may be more efficacious over time according to new findings.
ADHD teens and adults are more likely than others to be careless drivers, experts believe. In fact, studies have found that teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are nearly twice as likely as the general population to have had their licenses suspended. "The problem is that the skills affected by ADHD are the ones you most need for driving," says psychologist Nadine Lambert, Ph.D. of the University of California at Berkeley.
A link appears to exist between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anomalies in the brain's reward system, a new study suggests.
La Voz (CA)
Blake Taylor is one of the youngest authors to have written a book about living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His book "ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table" is a day-to-day account of what it is like to live with the ADHD. "I think the thing about ADHD is that it is a secret weapon," Taylor said. "It is a gift that you need to work on."
Thurrock Gazette (U.K.)
A Thurrock woman has launched a nonprofit called "Attention for Me" is aimed at giving parents of children with ADHD a break from the day to day stress. The mother of a son with ADHD herself, founder Beverley Boase, 33, hopes to provide respite for parents by taking the children on weekend and day trips.
Pioneer Press (MN)
A national conference started yesterday in Minneapolis to help adults cope with ADHD, short for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association expects more than 400 adults with ADHD to attend its 13th annual conference, which features sessions on everything from time management and spousal support to meditation.
Norwich Bulletin (CT)
One of the myths about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is children outgrow it. Instead, what health care professionals have discovered is the neurobiological disorder follows one into adulthood, creating serious implications, such as job and relationship loss. "What tends to happen, children grow up and the hyperactivity tends to diminish. However, the inattention doesn’t go away," said Alnoor Ramji, a psychiatrist with Select Behavioral Health in Norwich, CT.
Injuries kill more 11-year-olds in the U.S. than any other cause, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) almost doubles the risk of serious injury in children that age, according to a study released yesterday in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers collected data on 4,754 fifth-graders in Birmingham, Ala., Houston, and Los Angeles. They found that the risk of serious injury-including broken bones, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises-increased as the children's ADHD symptoms intensified.
After months of Americans being unable to fill their drug prescriptions for medications that are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday that the shortages are expected to end this month. Many ADHD medications, such as Adderall, have been in short supply since 2011.
Drugs designed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have been widely available for decades, but America now faces its most severe shortage of these drugs since they came on the market. Meanwhile, more and more health professionals are recognizing the viability of effective meditation for overcoming ADHD.