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"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.
Matt Givans, 27, says his dyslexia made him strive even harder in life and in his art. His artwork was recently featured in an exhibition entitled "Sharing Visions, Hopes and Dreams Through Art" which highlights work by people who have tackled disabilities.
Daily Camera (CO)
Figuring out what to do for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is like a constant treasure hunt, said Sara Rockinger of Lafayette, CO. Her son, who is now 10, was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder in preschool, and several years later, he was diagnosed with ADHD, as well. Like many parents of children with ADHD, sensory integration disorder and autism spectrum disorders, Rockinger's family has tried a slew of treatments and therapies from diet changes to occupational therapy to behavior intervention and found that parents end up doing many therapies at home.
The News-Press (FL)
For six years, Elke Podlasek of Sanibel Island, FL tried to find out why her daughter Amanda, now 13, had trouble reading. Doctors performed test after test, from IQ exams to screenings for dyslexia, but no one could find a problem. Then she met Dr. David Dalesio, an optometrist with Fort Myers Eye Associates. He discovered that when Amanda read a word, she saw 10 other words on the page before getting to the second word she was supposed to read. While her vision was fine, her eyes weren't tracking correctly.
Salt Lake Tribune
Mental-health professionals estimate that 9 million adults in the United States have ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD and attention deficit disorder, also known as inattentive ADHD, include difficulty paying attention, easy distraction, trouble finishing paperwork, fidgeting, talking too much and procrastination. All these issues can cause workers with the disorder a lot of problems at work, and possibly even get them fired.
The Desert Sun (CA)
An educational psychologist answers a parent's question about assistive technology for a daughter just diagnosed with dysgraphia.
I can't recount the number of apps we initially downloaded with great anticipation, only to realize that we would probably never use them again. We learned that an estimated 26% of all downloaded apps are only used once. In the end, we came up with the following strategies for evaluating an app before deciding to buy it...
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (U.K.)
"Why can't she be more careful? He's so clumsy " Admit it, you've said it about your children. But what if it's not their fault? They may, in fact, be suffering from a medical disorder called dyspraxia. It's sometimes unkindly referred to as 'clumsy child' syndrome; the condition is an impairment of the organization of movement, which can lead to problems with co-ordination and coping with simple tasks many of us take for granted.
The Lake Wales News (FL)
Communication, cooperation, trust, and fun are the keys to leadership. Teacher Jock Willers uses a ball as a metaphor to help children practice these skills. He recently used his techniques — a combination of Exceptional Student Education and gifted education teaching strategies — at Vanguard School, which specializes in teaching students who learn differently.
New Times (CA)
National nonprofit Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic aims to get textbooks, schoolbooks, and, yes, even fiction like Harry Potter into the hands of students with visual impairments or learning disabilities. For $35 a year, plus a $65 initial registration fee, individuals can tap into that collection of almost 47,000 digitally recorded books, which, for copyright reasons, essentially acts as a national lending library. Schools can participate at an entry level for $350 a year.
The English government think tank on the future said too often learning difficulties, "remain unidentified, or are treated only when advanced. The result can be under-achievement in school and disengagement by the child.... Improvements in early detection combined with focused interventions could prevent problems developing and create broad and lasting benefits for the child and society."
Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)
A third federal lawsuit has been filed to block Furlough Fridays, this one claiming that the decision to shut public schools for 17 days violates students' rights to due process under the U.S. Constitution. The suit was filed on behalf of eight disabled students, but the arguments would apply to any student. The case, naming Gov. Linda Lingle and Schools Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto as defendants, will be heard Monday in U.S. District Court before Judge Wallace Tashima, along with the other two lawsuits already filed over the furloughs.