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What Is It like to Have an Auditory Processing Disorder?


It is often difficult to understand what it may be like for people with auditory processing disorders (APD) to deal with information they receive through their auditory systems. One way to have a better understanding is to simulate what it is like to have a problem processing verbal information. This resource simulates some of the behaviors often seen in children and adults who have various types of APD so you can get a better sense of the disorder's impact.

What Leaving No Child Behind Really Means

Education Week

As the federal government seeks input on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, educators need to emphasize the critical importance of arming teachers not only with the freedom to support each child's individual learning style, but also with the knowledge to properly educate those with learning disabilities.

What Makes a Teacher Qualified?


"Teaching performance is difficult to improve in part because the profession is so large. With about 4 million teachers in the profession, efforts to boost quality tend to take place on the margins. Many efforts focus on expanding the pool of new teachers entering the workforce, and on encouraging more teachers to work with special education and low-income students."

What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like

The New York Times

Big changes are coming to the nation’s two competing admissions tests. The president of the College Board, an architect of the Common Core, is intent on rethinking the SAT to make it an instrument that meshes with what students are learning in their classrooms. Meanwhile, the ACT, which has always been more curriculum-based, is the first of the two to move into the digital age. In adapting its test for the computer, ACT Inc. is tiptoeing past the fill-in-the-bubble Scantron sheets toward more creative, hands-on questions.

What the Shutdown Means for Disability Services

Disability Scoop

Here's a look at how the shutdown will impact programs that people with developmental disabilities rely on: SPECIAL EDUCATION Schools won't see much impact immediately, with states receiving $22 billion in special education funds on schedule this month from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Education said.

What to Do if You Suspect Learning Disability

New York Times

The first sign may be that your bright child is having trouble reading, or organizing school assignments, or concentrating on homework. If you suspect that your child has a learning disability, and you've ruled out distractions like bad chemistry with the teacher or a social issue, your best recourse is to have the child tested.

What to Do If Your Student Has a Learning Disability and Is Headed To College

ABC2 News (MD)

Heading to college can be intimidating enough. Heading to college with a learning disability can cause a lot of anxiety. Fortunately most universities have programs available for students who are struggling with a learning disability. There are steps to take if you have a learning disability.

What To Know: Learning About Dyslexia

The Jackson Sun (TN)

In recognition of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, representatives from the Tennessee Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association are holding informational sessions for parents, grandparents, and teachers.

What Will It Take to Help Children with Dyslexia Learn to Read More Proficiently?

Tremaine Foundation

This action summary of the paper “Don’t Dys Our Kids: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency” packs 70 pages of information into a digestible 4 page briefing.

Succinct, powerful, and promising.

What's Available to LD Students

Charlotte Observer (NC)

When you add learning disabilities (LD) to the mix during the college admissions process, the search can go from plain confusing to utterly bewildering. Parents of students with learning disabilities must do more homework. Their questions encompass the traditional parental concerns of security, drinking on campus and dining options but additionally, they need to understand each college's academic environment.

What's New Kids Books

The Calgary Herald (Canada)

Any parent of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will welcome the creation of "Eager Eddie, the World's Most Active Dude." The easy-to-read picture book is part of a new series called 'We are Powerful,' which tackles several common neurological disorders (also released: "Daydreaming Dakota, The World's Greatest Daydreamer," on the subject of attention deficit disorder.)

What's the Problem with Boys?

WINK News (FL)

Two-thirds of all learning disability diagnoses are for boys. But why is there such a discrepancy? Some experts say schools aren't sensitive enough to boys and their learning problems.

When Family Stress Sends My ADHD and Anxiety Symptoms into Overdrive

ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitude Magazine

On a recent visit to my parent's house, my father's alcoholism and other challenging family dynamics surface. Ten years sober, I put the lessons I've learned about overcoming substance-abuse problems and all of my ADHD and anxiety coping skills to the test.

When Her Son Nearly Died, Joan Ryan Learned to Celebrate Him 'As Is'

Marin Independent Journal (CA)

When Joan Ryan of Ross, CA started to write her new book, "The Water Giver," she thought it would be about her son and his near-fatal skateboarding accident. It turned out to be more about her. Her son Ryan's accident helped her stop fretting over his lifelong learning deficits, where her goal was to "fix him, fix him, fix him," and to celebrate instead his gifts as a person - "his courage, his persistence, his sunny nature."

When IEP Is a Four-Letter Word


A new study reveals a troubling fact: Parents aren't involved as they should be in planning classroom accommodations. Do schools do enough to loop families in when it's time for special-ed services?

When Kids Need Help, Find Them a Tutor

Rankin Ledger (MS)

Diana Robertson didn't want her son to fall behind. But a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder proved that Blake, her 12-year-old son and soon-to-be seventh-grader at Pearl Junior High, was going to need help to keep up with his classmates. Together, they found that help with tutors who have spent one-on-one time over the past year in a program individualized just for Blake.

When Push Comes to Love: IEP Meetings Aren't Just for Educators

The Day (CT)

It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down. It seems like we were just dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Irene and the delay of the start of the school. But hence, spring is upon us and for schools that means a lot of things, including PPT season. Planning and Placement Team meetings occur near the end of the school year to review the child's progress and plan for the coming year. It is when parents get to hear about the growth their child made that year and what the school will plan to do next year to ensure growth continues.

When Reading Hurts

Santa Barbara Independent (CA)

For my son, reading has been a nightmare — with letters on a page assembled in apparently random patterns with no particular relationship to sound or meaning. I never appreciated the gift of easy reading — or the pain, humiliation, embarrassment, and damage to self-esteem associated with reading difficulties — until I woke up to the fact my smart little boy just wasn't catching on, no matter how hard he worked.

When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words

New York Times

There is nothing simple about speech, and there is nothing simple about speech delay — starting with the challenge of diagnosing it. Every pediatrician knows the frustration of trying to quantify the speech and language skills of a screaming toddler. But assessment is crucial: the earlier it is made, the earlier the speech-delayed child can get some help, and the earlier the help, the better the prospects.

White House Honors Young Disability Champions

Disability Scoop

As the nation marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the White House is honoring eight “next generation leaders” in the disability community. During a ceremony Thursday to commemorate the twenty-third anniversary of the ADA, Obama administration officials lauded the young leaders — some of whom are still college students — as “Champions of Change.”

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