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The International Dyslexia Association
What is the single most important year of an individual’s academic career? The answer is not junior year of high school, or senior year of college. It is third grade. What makes success in third grade so pivotal? It is the year that students move from learning to read—decoding words using their knowledge of the alphabet—to reading to learn. The books children are expected to master no longer are simple primers, but fact-filled informational texts.
Empire State News.net (NY)
The New York City Department of Education must improve the timeliness of its evaluations and placements of special education student applicants, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA)
Ryan Maloney couldn't read when he was in the third grade. Now he is a freshman making A's and B's at Gannon University, where he is studying sports management.
The Star Ledger (NJ)
They have written about it in their books, and share a quiet pride in perhaps being an example to others, but never realized the common link between them. Tim Tebow and Rex Ryan, perhaps the Jets' best-known personalities, have both overcome dyslexia, the learning disability that affects a person's ability to read and process information.
Learning Works for Kids
Time Management is the thinking skill that helps children to prioritize tasks and complete duties in a timely fashion. It involves accurately judging the amount of time it will take to complete a task and knowing how to stick to a schedule. An example of good Time Management skills would be when a child decides to finish their homework and chores immediately after school so they have time to watch TV later in the evening.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic's annual fundraising luncheon took on an air of celebration as more than 350 people turned out to honor as "champions" the many print-challenged students who use the nonprofit organization's audio textbook service to overcome their disabilities.
No one can say with real certainty why it happened, but when K12 school districts began implementing the first student information systems during the 1990s, special education was largely left out of the process. The two systems evolved as separate entities, technologically speaking, and in the handling of individualized education programs, paper remained the dominant storage medium long after other student records had made the digital transition. School districts now need to integrate their general education and special education systems, because, among other reasons, they're both part of a larger process.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO)
Research shows that unscripted imaginative play — and the self-talk that goes along with it — helps children develop executive function: to be creative, control their emotions, resist sudden impulses and maintain mental focus.
The New York Times
Experts are probably right to sound the alarm on the amount of time that children spend with digital devices, but the good-humored Mr. Garner may safely take their warnings with a tiny grain of salt. In every generation there have been disquieting influences that agitate the prophets of doom. Things usually turn out O.K.
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The Learning Disabilities Association Toronto District is looking for book and video donations after dozens of supplies have gone missing. Christina Ferri, resource facilitator for the association, said she noticed the lack of materials while reorganizing the library in June.
The New York Times
"Apps are all about the basic skills of reading. But once a child has mastered “the cat sat on the mat,” it shouldn’t be too long before the youngster will be reading himself to sleep — if a parent is willing to give up that task."
National Public Radio
In recent years, more people have been trying an alternative approach to ADHD called neurofeedback, a type of therapy intended to teach the brain to stay calm and focused. Neurofeedback is expensive, time consuming and still scientifically unproved. But, there's growing evidence that it can help.
Learning Works for Kids
Get informed! Read up on working memory research and training techniques.
If you find yourself forgetting why you are standing in front of the refrigerator, or where you left your cell phone when you came home from work, we’ve got good news! If your daughter can’t seem to remember simple directions such as to brush her teeth (even though you’ve told her a thousand times), or your son regularly forgets that baseball requires a glove and a hat, we’ve got good news! Neuroscientists have demonstrated that intensive training can significantly improve working Memory, the skill you need for all of the aforementioned activities.
Tree Fu Tom online has been designed to encourage children of all abilities to develop the skills that are essential for classroom learning. The games include three different levels of difficulty so that all young children can play and challenge themselves.
"As parents and teachers, we may be wondering if the introduction of technology into the lives of children is changing the way children play, learn, think and express their own creativity. Do the changes signal the demise of traditional toy and game play, or is it possible to encourage and manage both to the benefit of the child?"
The Dispatch (NC)
Triad Academy of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was created in the late '90s by a group of parents to address the unmet academic needs of students who learn differently after seeing them fail in the mainstream of a traditional school. The school that serves students with dyslexia or a specific learning disability is looking to expand its services by launching a capital fund campaign that could possibly help the school expand or even relocate to serve more children.
WINK News (FL)
Armenta Stalworth, 12, struggled with the most basic math. She was frustrated and so were the adults around her. But then she changed schools and someone recognized that she had dyscalculia, a math learning disability. "If I say to you, 'one,' you immediately have the image of one thing. And for this child, one and seven may all be confused. They don't have that feeling of one piece or seven pieces," says Dr. Joan Teach, director of the Lullwater School.
When Trudie Styler the multi-talented actor, filmmaker, eco-activist, UNICEF ambassador, mother of four and Sting's partner for 29 years first started school in the English Midlands, she had trouble learning to read. School officials sent her to get her eyes tested. When it turned out that the problem wasn't with seeing the blackboard, the diagnosis was simple: She must be "backwards."
The parenting role of caring for special needs children never really ends. Even after a parent's life ends, special needs children will still need financial resources that will enable them to continue enjoying life. Facing the fact that their special needs child will someday be left alone is not easy, but parents who believe they've done all they can to assure the best future possible for their children have a good chance at relief. Special needs trusts can provide long-term financial security and a responsible disbursement of assets through the drafting of wills.
A review in the current Science magazine makes the case for psychologists, neuroscientists, roboticists and teachers combining to quietly create a new field that combines everything from how brains grow to how classrooms work into a new kind of learning research.