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The Georgetown Record (MA)
The Alternative Program at Georgetown Middle High School was revamped this summer and now allows the district to service kids in the program better and may allow some special education students who want to come back into the district to be able to — as long as it's in compliance with their individual education plans (IEP).
National Public Radio
People have wondered for a long time whether children who were adopted in infancy are at increased risk for psychological problems. Now, the first study of its kind has found that most are psychologically healthy, though they're at "slightly increased risk" for behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.
Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do 22 fewer days of work per year than people who do not have the condition, a study says. The research, which looked at 7,000 workers in 10 countries, found an average of 3.5% had ADHD. Writing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Dutch team said workplace screening should be used to pick up people with the problem. A UK expert backed the idea, but warned they should not be stigmatized.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a mental disorder usually associated with children, but it also affects millions of adults and can take a toll on daily activities such as work.
Southtown Star (IL)
Counselor Doreen Zaborac for the Southtown Star fields a question from a concerned 38-year-old woman. The woman says that she has "a habit of making quick decisions without thinking about the consequences." With all of the symptoms that the woman is experiencing, Zaborac thinks adult ADHD may be the root of the problem.
About 4 percent of the U.S. population — about 8 million of us — have Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. You've probably heard of kids having it. But a new study, conducted by Prairie View in Newton, is finding it's something you never outgrow.
Sacramento Bee (CA)
Lunch rush was over, but distractions remained numerous inside the La Bou cafe just off Highway 49 in Auburn. Through it all, Cass Brown Capel stayed focused — eyes locked on her interviewer. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.
News Chief (FL)
Cass Brown Capel stayed focused - eyes locked on her interviewer, the need to interject random thoughts stifled, attention not straying to her daughter, Ariana, who was sitting placidly next to her. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.
The Times Delphic (IA)
Through the Drake University Adult Literacy Center, volunteers can help adult residents of Des Moines improve their reading skills. Volunteers undergo at least nine hours of training. "We explain the background of dyslexia and why teaching those with dyslexia is different," said Anne Murr, coordinator of the center.
Sacramento Bee (CA)
Lunch rush was over, but distractions remained numerous inside the cafe just off a highway in Auburn, Calif. Through it all, Cass Brown Capel stayed focused - eyes locked on her interviewer, attention not straying to her daughter, Ariana, who was sitting placidly next to her. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.
The Gilroy Dispatch (CA)
For any child with attention deficit disorder, strenuous exercise and activity in organized sports is a good thing. But, unable to sustain attention, focus, and possess self control, players with ADD are too often scolded or yelled at by coaches. Here are some ways parents and coaches can work together to make sports rewarding for youths with ADD.
The U.S. Department of Education's recent regulations setting a standard calculation for high school graduation rates appear to have pleased disability-group advocates, who were concerned that a loose standard could mean fewer opportunities for students with disabilities to earn a regular diploma.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (WI)
Recalling how their children had suffered from the use of inappropriate physical restraints and seclusion in time-out rooms, parents and advocacy groups called Wednesday for new legislation that would restrict such measures in Wisconsin schools.
For years, parents who say their children aren’t receiving adequate services have been calling for change, arguing that many children with dyslexia go undiagnosed. Moreover, even when diagnosed, they say, those students often don’t receive the specialized instruction they need.
A bill in the Senate Committee on Education would seek to remedy that. Senate Bill 44 has the support of the Kansas Coalition for Dyslexia Legislation, but opponents, including school administrators, say the bill is at best redundant and at worst a violation of federal law.
The Georgetown Record (MA)
The Georgetown Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPED PAC) is a state-mandated volunteer organization of parents who have children with a variety of learning differences. The PAC helps parents become an effective advocate for their child and is a support group as well.
USA Today Prep Rally Blog
There's a lot being written about a Texas coach who was fired after allowing Covenant School to rout Dallas Academy 100 to 0. Was it unsportsmanlike to run up the score? Perhaps. But the girls' basketball team at Dallas Academy — a small school that offers small classes for children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning differences — are handling the commotion with humor and grace.
Miguel Landeros is a lanky, well-spoken 12-year-old about to begin seventh grade in Stafford County, VA. He is severely learning disabled, with reading, writing and math skill levels at least two years below his peers, and needs special teaching, according to a licensed clinical psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and other specialists. Last February, Stafford officials refused to accept that evaluation and left him in regular classes. Recently, they promised to give him more specialized services, but not the ones the experts who examined him say he needs.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects the motor skills of boys more than girls, according to a report published in the Nov. 4, issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Julian Owens had a lacrosse stick in his hands every day at after-school day care. His mother didn't know what it was used for, and she was worried about her boy, who failed second grade with a learning disability and was growing up without a father since he was eight months old. The second-grader who tried to play big against fourth- and fifth-graders is now a sneaky 6-foot-1, 175-pound attackman. Julian, now a junior at Palm Beach Central (Fla.) High School, keeps his grades at a B average.
Dothan Eagle (AL)
Alabama has been tweaking its high school diploma options, recently beefing up its academic endorsement and adding a new credit-based diploma endorsement to help students who struggle with the state exit exam to graduate on time.