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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 Daily Comet (LA)
More than 200 people from throughout Louisiana filled the halls of Nicholls State University Saturday to improve their understanding of dyslexia and its effect on human's intellectual development. Called "Unmasking Their Potential," many who attended said they welcomed the chance to learn of the learning disability without traveling far.
The Flint Journal (MI)
Journal columnist Kori Dean handles a question from a concerned parent on occupational therapy for her multiply impaired child. According to the mother, "The occupational therapist said a doctor can't specify how much time she should work with a student, and she is trying to fight me on this one, but the physical therapist OK'd the once-a-week session. Doesn't the parent have the right to ask for more occupational therapy?"
Connecticut Post (CT)
The staff of the Connecticut Post handles the following query from a reader: "My son is 8 and has trouble concentrating in school, but he does not have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He does have to touch something constantly to focus, though. It's a cycle that's difficult to figure out."
North County Times (CA)
An Eagle Scout at 14. A top-ranking Sea Cadet at 16. And now a college graduate at 19 headed into a doctoral program in England. Yet in the third grade, O'Callaghan was diagnosed with auditory process disorder, a learning disability.
Vail Daily News (CO)
Trekkies will appreciate one of Eagle resident Kay Cochranís resume entries. The 41-year-old sculpted some of the dummy Borg drones for various Star Trek films. Cochran says she has dyslexia and that art represents effective communication for her since written communication can be very awkward.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FL)
This weekend, professionals from across South Florida participated in a reading marathon to help blind students or those with dyslexia, a disability that alters the way the brain processes written materials.
The Miami Herald (FL)
Reading teacher Tony Dutra, who uses technology to engage his students, has been named a Florida teacher of the year. He remembers how it feels to be the kid with a label. Growing up with a speech and language impairment, he struggled to learn. In his classroom, Dutra said, everyone is treated the same.
Victorville Daily Press (CA)
Eric Atkinson always had a hard time with school. He just didnít know why until he was tested for learning problems while attending Victor Valley College. Click on "related multimedia" to hear Atkinson explain in his own words how he learned he was dyslexic and how he's become an English literature major and substitute teacher.
The Washington Post (D.C.)
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday in favor of the Montgomery County, Md., school system in a case that made national headlines four years ago, a dispute over whether public schools provided an adequate education plan to a child with disabilities.
Lake Villa-Review (IL)
Denise Kalmes' son has always struggled with reading. When Tyler was in eighth grade, having already exhausted all of his in-school options for extra help, Kalmes decided she wanted to do as much as she could to prepare her son for high school. She enrolled him at Huntington Learning Center. The result, Kalmes said, was that Tyler's reading abilities rose by two grade levels.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FL)
Volunteers will hold Record-A-Thon at Florida Atlantic University this weekend to benefit Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. They hope the event, at the recording studio at FSU, will be a combination of fundraiser, sample recording session, and awareness-builder of what the nonprofit group has to offer.
"Response to intervention" as a model for boosting student achievement has taken off like wildfire. But there's little RTI research that is specific to secondary schools, although it has been well studied at the elementary level. But many schools are forging ahead anyway.
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.
The Sparta Independent (NJ)
Parents of elementary students with special needs addressed the board of education this week demanding answers and action regarding what they see as deficiencies in the education their children are receiving in the district. The main complaint is the kindergarten through fourth reading program, which the parents believe is inconsistent and ineffective, and causing their children to fall behind.
Andover Townsman (MA)
School Committee Chairwoman Debra Rahmin Silberstein of Andover, Mass., recently sent a letter to her senators asking them to support the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "It is about time the federal legislators deliver on obligations to the children in this country (which they have legislated), by funding IDEA and NCLB (No Child Left Behind), as promised," Silberstein wrote.
Gabbi Urban, a senior at GlenOak High School, doesn't let dyslexia keep her from communicating. Art has become her outlet. "A lot of people are afraid of learning disabilities, but it's not a negative — we just learn differently."
Education attorney Marcy Tiffany answers parents' questions about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) — from requesting remediation and reevaluations to transition and placement.
Asbury Park Press (NJ)
Maybe kids are naturally full of energy and don't need medication to slow them down. And maybe, based on testimonials of many families, drugs intended to help youngsters actually hurt them in ways society is only just beginning to understand, according to a new documentary film called "Generation RX."
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.