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The Guardian (UK)
Police, courts and prisons will test all adult offenders for attention deficit disorders in a bid to reduce reoffending rates and cut aggressive behavior in prisons. The scheme is being set up by the Department of Health after research revealed a disproportionately high number of undiagnosed and untreated sufferers in the criminal justice system.
Babies born slightly early or two weeks late have a marginally raised risk of learning difficulties from poor vision to autism, research suggests. The Glasgow University study of 400,000 schoolchildren found those born between 37 to 39 weeks were 16% more likely to develop problems than those born at 40. But the overall risk was still relatively low, at 5% of all children.
Cranswick Today (UK)
A young boy from Scunthorpe with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has designed a leaflet to help raise awareness about the condition. Bradlei Byrne, 10, who attends Brumby Junior School in North Lincolnshire, made the leaflet 'How I Cope with ADHD' as part of a project to help him manage his behavior in school.
The Times (UK)
The heavy emphasis on teaching children to read and write in nursery and reception classes is preventing teachers from focusing on more important aspects of early childhood development, such as speaking and listening skills, the author of a major government report has warned. John Bercow, a Conservative MP and author of a report on speech, language and communication (SLC) needs, was speaking as the government announced a £40 million program, called Every Child a Talker, which will provide training to help nursery staff identify and support children with speaking and language problems at an early age.
Mid Devon Star (UK)
Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton has been acknowledged for its work in helping students with dyslexia. The college has received the "Devon Inclusion Award – Dyslexia" at the 'established level'. The award, now into its third year, was set up by Devon’s Dyslexia Strategy Group. It aims to help schools improve access to the curriculum for students with severe literacy difficulties, and to recognize good practice.
Headingley Today (UK)
Horsforth's Lucy Greenwood was born a fighter. Lucy. 13, has battled a stroke at birth, mild cerebral palsy and dyspraxia, secretly penning an incredible book called The Lost Ruby. Her parents had no idea that the youngster had been furiously rattling out page after page of her novel before firing off copies to publishers all over the UK.
The Telegraph (UK)
Learner drivers with conditions such as dyspraxia, which affects hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and short-term memory can find it even more challenging than most to get their license.
BBC News (UK)
Families who paid for a controversial treatment for dyslexia are waiting to see if they have lost their money after the company hit financial difficulties. The Dore program claimed exercises such as tying knots and balancing on "wobble boards" stimulated parts of the brain and improved reading and writing. Some 30,000 children and adults have participated in the program since 2000.
Dyslexia could be caused by defects in the part of the brain that controls muscle co-ordination, Edinburgh scientists have discovered. Edinburgh University scientists have found the cerebellum, at the base of the brain, may influence how a person learns to interpret written language.
Witney Gazette (UK)
A dyslexic youngster has won first prize in a national poetry competition. Brigid Davidson, from Chipping Norton, won first place in the Charley Boorman Poetry Competition, organized by Dyslexia Action as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week. Children aged four to 14 were asked to write about what reading meant to them.
BBC News (UK)
A West Yorkshire teacher who overcame dyslexia to achieve his career dream has been named the most outstanding new teacher England. Edward Vickerman, head of business at The Freeston Business and Enterprise College in Normanton, was given the title at the Teaching Awards in London. Because of his dyslexia, the 26-year-old said he was sidelined at school and not expected to achieve much.
The Independent (United Kingdom)
Ministers will today announce a major review of the way an estimated 300,000 dyslexic children are taught in state schools. Announcing the review to The Independent, Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said he believed the review would provide "firm evidence of the way forward, convince the skeptics that dyslexia exists and tell us how best to get these children the help they deserve".
Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)
Three of Annabel Heseltine's children shared a problem with their famous grandfather: dyslexia. How best to deal with it?
The Times (UK)
Rising numbers of children are not able to speak properly, official figures indicate. Communication difficulties have been linked to poor academic achievement, substance abuse, increased depression and criminal activity. Almost one in seven primary school children with special educational needs has trouble with speech - making it the most common special educational need.
The Guardian (UK)
Parents of children with special educational needs feel let down and unsupported in the English education system, a review will say today. Government, local authorities and schools must do more to help children who have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and autism, according to Brian Lamb, who has been conducting an inquiry into special educational needs (SEN) services for the schools secretary, Ed Balls.
The Scotsman (UK)
Dyslexic children in Scotland are being let down because of a patchwork-quilt of specialist provision, according to a new report. A shortage of specialist teachers for children with dyslexia was highlighted by HM Inspectorate of Education, which said pupils benefited most when teachers had received training in dealing with the condition. Inspectors were also critical of the variety of definitions of dyslexia used by different local authorities.
The Guardian (UK)
Almost 18% of pupils in English schools have special educational needs, government figures released today show. The proportion has steadily grown over the last four years, from 14.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2009, according to statistics from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
BBC News (UK)
More teachers will be trained to identify and support children in England with dyslexia, as a report says greater expertise is needed in schools. Government adviser Sir Jim Rose, who recently reviewed the English primary school curriculum, said parents also needed guidance on the help available.
Daily Mail (UK)
Schools should stop labeling children 'dyslexic' because the condition cannot be distinguished from other reading difficulties, an all-party group of MPs will declare today. The Government's definition of dyslexia is too broad to be meaningful, according to the Commons Science and Technology Committee.
Professor Joe Elliott, from Durham University, believes many parents with children who have difficulty in literacy lessons push for them to be diagnosed with dyslexia so they can get the extra support they need. The academic, a director of research at the university's School of Education, said: "Many of the messages that I have received from parents have pointed out that the system has forced them to use the dyslexic label in order to access additional resources."