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KALW News (CA)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects about one out of 12 school-aged children, according to the Mayo Clinic. We're going to begin, today, by going into the minds of teenagers who live with ADHD. They're here in San Francisco part of SAFE Voices, a project by the Parents Education Network, which advocates for students with learning differences. These teens have chosen to mentor other young people who face similar challenges. And they've chosen to share their stories with you.
Special Education Blog, Education Week
Strategies including response to intervention are making a dent in the over-identification of some students of some backgrounds as having particular disabilities. But it may not be enough to overcome deeply rooted stereotyping all by itself.
Narrowing the academic achievement gap is high on the list of the Obama administration's priorities. As a result, it's only a matter of time before the debate begins anew over the role intelligence plays. If the past is any guide, however, ideology will once again eclipse science, making it exceedingly difficult for voters to sort out the findings.
Although word-smarts and number-smarts, the traditional metrics of intelligence, are important, they are unreliable predictors of future success in the workplace and in the personal lives of students. That's because a host of other factors unable to be measured with precision comes into play in the real world. Contrary to conventional wisdom, some of today's most successful and influential people have never excelled in numeracy and literacy.
Education Week, On Special Education
In a new three-part discussion about response to intervention, Lehigh University Professor Perry A. Zirkel discusses the legal implications of this approach to addressing and ferreting out learning disabilities.
Officially reported disability rates in public schools are entirely unreliable and are almost certainly inflated indicators of how many students are actually disabled. Eventually, school and government officials are going to have to acknowledge that our current procedures for identifying students as disabled are fundamentally flawed and commit themselves to improving these procedures.
The New York Times
Between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, people across the United States suddenly found themselves unable to get their hands on A.D.H.D. medication. Low-dose generics were particularly in short supply. There were several factors contributing to the shortage, but the main cause was that supply was suddenly being outpaced by demand. The number of diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has ballooned over the past few decades.
Education Week, On Special Education
Just in time for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a new report is out that discusses how to help more children with dyslexia become proficient readers. The report, commissioned by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, offers a number of recommendations for policymakers and educators.
The Washington Post
A recent Bollywood movie about a dreamy 8-year-old boy had all the ingredients of an Indian blockbuster — six songs, tearful ups and downs, and a happy ending. But the film has also planted the seeds of a movement to raise public awareness about dyslexia in India.
The New York Times had a blockbuster front-page article on how healthy teenagers are misusing stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, usually used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in order to focus on studying and perform better on tests. The story does a fantastic job tracking the personal stories of high school and college kids who use these medicines to get an academic edge.
But it's worth looking at the science and medicine behind this trend, because it shows how our cultural misunderstanding of what these medicines do is leading to more — and more dangerous — stimulant use. The biggest question is this: how do we as a society decide how we want these medicines to be used?
Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI)
Most students sail through learning the alphabet. For some, though, there are stumbling blocks, like distinguishing a "d" from a "b." "I always got them mixed up," said Joe Plummer, 13, who just finished seventh grade at Columbia Middle School. Frustrated that his previous school didn't seem to offer the right help, Joe's mother transferred him to a new school and enrolled Joe in The Reading Writing Connection, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping students with dyslexia.
Daily Mail (UK)
Few could have been more nervous than Kate Middleton on the day of the Royal Wedding but she wasn't the only member of her family who was kept awake the night before worrying about their words in Westminster Abbey. It has emerged that James Middleton, Kate's younger brother, had to learn the reading he delivered in the church off by heart in an effort to overcome his dyslexia.
"ADHD, short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is indeed real. It is a complex condition with variable symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association (2000) estimates that 3-5 percent of kids have it. The biological basis is becoming better understood, but is still not completely clear."
The Jewish Press (NY)
There are many remediation techniques to help children with dyslexia learn to read. However, research shows that children like Dena are more likely to suffer from low self esteem than their peers. This is a problem that parents and educators often overlook. In order to integrate these children into the classroom, we cannot simply focus on helping them cope academically. We need to help build their self-esteem through social interventions as well. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities has compiled a list of ways that parents can help children with LD gain self-esteem.
So it's happened: Congress was unable to reach agreement on temporary spending plan to keep the government open— and the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies are on partial shutdown. While that means a much quieter day at 400 Maryland Ave, most schools and school districts aren't going to be immediately affected by a short-term shutdown. A longer-term shutdown, however, could cause more headaches.
In this blog for ADDitude magazine, mother Kay Marner writes, "Powerlessness. Lack of control. Those are exactly the enemies I fight against daily as I raise my daughter, Natalie, who has ADD/ADHD. I feel powerless over the messes she makes. I feel powerless over her moods and her reactions to stressors. I can't make her follow my directions the first time I give them. I can't make her challenges go away."
The Berkshire Eagle (MA)
Teens in the five-week "Summer Program Oh Eight!" keep active while school is out of session. The participating youths are referred to the program through their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). "These are the students who would substantially regress if they did not have summer programming," said one of the program coordinators.
The Capital (MD)
Set on a lush 15-acre campus, Summit is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The private, nonprofit school caters to bright children with dyslexia and other learning differences. It currently has 110 students in grades one through eight with the goal of preparing them to attend a regular high school.
ADHD & LD Education Blog, ADDitude Magazine
In a world where ADD/ADHD kids are often criticized, parents of children with attention deficit and learning disabilities must remember that positive reinforcement and praise are often the things ADDers crave most.
Normally dyslexia is considered a handicap: a mental deficiency that makes reading, long-division and remembering whether letters and numbers face left or right difficult. Challenging this view, learning disabilities experts Brock and Fernette Eide argue that dyslexia is an alternative way brains can be wired one with many advantages.
Paul Stankard overcame a challenging learning disability and worked in the industrial glass-blowing industry for years before deciding to pursue his own artful glass creations and become a full-time glass artist.