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NY1's Parenting correspondent Shelley Goldberg talks with Jill Lauren, a learning specialist who profiles role models who overcame learning disabilities in her new book "That's Like Me!"
Naperville Sun (IL)
A world-renowned author, psychiatrist and attention deficit expert will be the guest speaker for two free community presentations highlighting the topic of ADD/ADHD. NCO Youth and Family Services announces Dr. Larry Silver will help to launch its new ADD/ADHD Choices and Challenges program.
Ave Maria Preparatory School of Sarasota, Florida will graduate 8 high school seniors today. Founded in 2004 by Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, the school serves students with a wide range of special learning needs: LD, ADD, ADHD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, delayed development, sensory disorders and auditory processing deficits.
Arizona Daily Star
Parents of special-education students rarely get to have those precious, scholastic coming-of-age moments, such as watching their children star in school recitals or pitch shutouts for their baseball teams. If there's a meeting at school, it's often to focus on what their children can't do and how to make the best accommodations. So there's something powerful about the annual Pastime Players performance, when parents get to see their children take the stage and showcase their ability to recite poetry or Shakespearean lines or to dance hip-hop or to sing "What a Wonderful World."
Lights dimmed, a hush fell over the hallway as Nicole Porter, cradling Ava in her arms, walked gingerly toward the powerful imaging equipment that would allow researchers to peer into her baby's developing brain. Nothing was wrong with Ava; the 11-month-old from Boston was part of a study that uses brain imaging to see if early hallmarks of dyslexia can be seen years before children have trouble reading. Scientists believe that if they can identify nascent disorders such as dyslexia or autism earlier, and get a jump on therapy, they might eventually be able to prevent children from developing problems later.
Manila Bulletin (Philippines)
In a week's time, students will have to go back to the regular grind of transporting from home to school (and back), doing assignments, submitting projects and reports, preparing for exams, etc. This transition can be difficult to all children, most specially to those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here are some tips for parents to help their kids make the adjustment.
Dothan Eagle (AL)
Charlene Bowman's daughter, Paige Moore, was a whirlwind of motion as a toddler, seemingly unable to focus or listen. Concerned, Bowman spoke to a physician who diagnosed Paige with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Paige began taking medication to manage her symptoms at age 2. The diagnosis was eye-opening. Bowman, a Daleville resident, began recognizing similar behaviors in her younger daughter, Brandy Moore. Brandy was diagnosed with ADHD as she entered school.
A Baltimore-based study pinpoints the core cognitive differences between students who sometimes struggle with math and those who have dyscalculia, a severe mathematical learning disability.The new, decade long study conducted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute and published June 17 in the Child Development journal, finds that having a poor "gut sense" of numbers can lead to dyscalculia. This inaccurate number sense is just one cause of math learning disabilities, according to the study led by Dr. Michele Mazzocco of the Baltimore Institute.
Johns Hopkins News-Letter (MD)
In the second round of examinations by the Sociology of Disability class at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, students researched the extent of disability access in six different areas of campus life - admissions, housing and dining, student activities, athletics, special events and transportation - and came to the same conclusion as before: the Homewood campus is still largely inaccessible to the disabled.
Miramichi Leader (Canada)
A psychotherapist says: Parents sometimes wonder if their child is naturally exuberant, and non-compliant, or if these are symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Here are the professional criteria a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD requires.
The Press-Enterprise (CA)
Britney Nolley, who has dyslexia, resolved to stick it out and get her high school diploma by enrolling in a make-up math class at Moreno Valley High's summer school. "I couldn't let that little hill prevent me from pursuing my goals," said Nolley, who graduates this week.
Retiree Stuart Foster was named one of the Texas Board of Education’s Heroes for Children for his volunteer work at Benbrook Elementary School. Working with dyslexic students "is the very best part of the job," he said. "It gives these kids who are struggling a safe place away from the competition of school to match up with others who are in the same boat."
"Too often, special education is viewed as a place or a static state, when the truth is that special education is a series of interventions, modifications, and accommodations afforded to students who are unable to access a curriculum under routine circumstances."
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The Times-Picayune (LA)
More than 80 teachers, parents and supporters of a revered Lower 9th Ward New Orleans charter school descended on the state Capitol on Wednesday to object to a proposal to renew the school's charter contingent on it submitting a plan to increase the number of enrolled special needs students. The charter for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology was renewed without the provision. Based on a February state count, King's special education population was less than the 5 percent of enrollment recommended in a state school board guideline.
The Gazette (CO)
In elementary school, Griffin Smith struggled with dyslexia. But working with a reading specialist, he became an avid reader. In ninth grade Smith asked if he could mentor younger kids struggling with reading and writing. "Griffin has made a difference in the lives of my students by leading by example," said teacher Kathy Rugh.
J.B. Holmes is a young up-and-coming professional golfer. His golf skills were so good that he was able to join the high school golf team at age 8. But he had troubles in other areas of school. Holmes would open a schoolbook and feel as if he were trapped in a maze. Eventually he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
Science News (DC)
Women's brains have a different read on dyslexia than men's brains do. Women diagnosed with this severe disability in reading and other facets of written language show a right-brain deficit in tissue volume, in contrast to a primarily left-brain volume reduction already reported for dyslexic men, according to a Georgetown University neuroscientist.
The Western Front (WA)
As a recipient of Fairhaven's $15,000 Adventure Learning Grant, Western Washington University junior Tyson Minck is stretching his dollar and mind to the fullest potential in a journey which he has titled "The Bicycle's Impact on South America: A Dyslexic Perspective."
The New Jersey state senate cleared a bill that would create the New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force to study best practices for diagnosing, treating, and educating students with reading disabilities.
Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Dyslexia would be added to the Ohio's official definition of learning disabilities under a bill sponsored by two central Ohio lawmakers that passed the House last week.