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The Clairon-Ledger (MS)
Cena Holifield wants to reach out to dyslexic kids in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area and is working with the city of Petal to make it happen. Holifield is the director of a new school set to open in Petal in August. The school will be called Dynamic Dyslexia Design: The 3-D School.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
In this special report on private schools, the newspaper looks at private schools that offer intensive programs for children with learning disabilities.
Hudson Star-Observer (WI)
Since she started full time at Houlton Elementary fifteen years ago, countless students have benefited from Louise Hermansen's unique style of finding just the right method of teaching for them. Most of the time she is creating projects, educational games and curriculum units on the fly to meet individual student needs.
Special-education advocates fear that as the budget crisis in Illinois filters into classrooms, more school districts will skimp on services to children with disabilities or take money from regular education programs to pay for them.
Even as it prepares to open five new classrooms for special education students this week, the Boston public school system is facing a class-action lawsuit in federal court asserting that the district routinely violates state and federal law by delaying evaluations and classroom placements for preschoolers with special needs.
Wall Street Journal
Florida's Broward County Public Schools saved as many as 900 jobs this school year. Nevada's Clark County School District just added more math and tutoring programs. And in Connecticut's Bloomfield Public Schools, eight elementary- and middle-school teachers were spared from layoffs. These cash-strapped districts covered the costs using a boost in funding intended for special education, drawing an outcry from parents and advocates of special-needs children.
Some D.C. public charter schools continue selective admissions practices that discourage special-needs students from enrolling, and students citywide with possible disabilities still face delays in special education evaluations, a federal court monitor said last week.
Courier News (NJ)
Three Central New Jersey school programs focusing on different forms of team-building and personal development were among a dozen from around the state honored Monday during the eighth annual Innovations in Special Education program.
The Post and Courier (SC)
In a study of 300 children, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel, found that children with special needs are more often the subject of bullying and exclusion. "Parents often under- reported bullying and ostracism concerns," said lead author, Dr. Kimberly Twyman, a researcher in MUSC's Department of Pediatrics. She stressed the importance of asking children directly about these problems.
The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
More than half of Utah's special-education students have learning disabilities, said Jennie Gibson, associate director of the Utah Parents Center in Salt Lake City, which helps parents navigate the educational system for their children with special needs. The vast majority of special-education students graduate high school, but those with significant problems in need of transition skills can extend their education up to the age of 22.
New Orleans public schools had mixed results in bolstering services for the thousands of children with special needs in the city during the past year, according to educators and recent numbers released by the state. Several public schools affiliated with the state-run Recovery School District charter and non-charters alike made gains in identifying students with disabilities in a timely fashion, allowing them to focus less on paperwork and more on serving children.
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)
Battle Creek's Binda Dyslexia Center will welcome a dyslexia expert Dr. Steven Pastyrnak to town on Saturday. "You always want to treat as early as possible," Pastyrnak said of dyslexia. "When you identify it and treat it aggressively enough, a good percentage of students test at levels as if they did not have a learning disability later on in school."
Few things are as tough on a child's confidence as having trouble learning to read. So after Morag Bamforth's son was diagnosed in first grade with dyslexia, she enrolled him at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The Carroll School's specialized mission - to give students with language-based learning disabilities the tools they need to succeed - is striking a chord with more families despite the dismal economy.
As Ohio's speech-language telepractice pilot enters its fourth year, the collaborative multimedia program continues expansion, and administrators are testing new ways of delivering therapy. The students love it, and plenty of sessions end with children asking, "Can't we do just one more?"
Natchez Democrat (MS)
A look at what speech pathologists do, and how they care credentialed, in the Natchez-Adams School District.
Fayette Front Page (GA)
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and the Fayette County School System's speech-language pathologists are taking this time to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding of various forms of communication impairments and the work they do to help the county's students overcome and/or cope with their disabilities.
La Crosse Tribune (WI)
Schools are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified teachers to help the more than 32,000 Wisconsin children who have a primary speech-language disability. About 1,900 speech-language pathologists are working in Wisconsin schools, about one for every 16 children with a speech disability.
New York Times
Undiagnosed, ADHD can wreak havoc on relationships, finances and one's self-esteem. Adults with the disorder are twice as likely as those without it to be divorced, for instance, and four times as likely to have car accidents. More than 5 percent of adults have ADHD, but just 10 percent of those adults have a formal diagnosis.
Times Online (UK)
In the past, poor spelling was attributed to all manner of things, from bad schooling to a lack of moral fiber. But science is offering a new explanation. A difficulty with spelling could be rooted in your genes and in the way that your brain is wired. These findings stem from research into the language disorder dyslexia, but they are proving important for the wider population.
Tips for Reluctant Readers
There are many words that are difficult to spell. There are also a number of words that either look alike or sound alike, and it is difficult to remember when to use each one. Here are some useful tips and techniques!