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Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN)
School can be tough for kids with challenges ranging from emotional disorders to ADHD or dyslexia. For gifted students, too, it's not always a cakewalk, between boredom and the sense of isolation that can result from being a "brainiac." Then there are students such as Tyler and Simon, who fall into both categories.
Paul Stankard overcame a challenging learning disability and worked in the industrial glass-blowing industry for years before deciding to pursue his own artful glass creations and become a full-time glass artist.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA)
Ryan Maloney couldn't read when he was in the third grade. Now he is a freshman making A's and B's at Gannon University, where he is studying sports management.
Finishing high school and transitioning into adulthood represent a critical stage of life for all young people. Students with disabilities, like their peers, aspire to take part in a wide range of activities as they leave high school and enter adult life. Education Week held a lively online discussion examining the challenges facing students with disabilities in completing high school and preparing for the transition to adult life.
Eureka Science News
A new study in the journal Learning Disabilities Research & Practice reveals that differences found between pre-kindergarten reading-disabled children and their typically reading peers diminish by pre-first grade, with the exception of phonological awareness abilities.
Newark Advocate (OH)
A psychologist who has a particular interest in ADHD explains some of the myths and facts about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Arizona Star (AZ)
While many children with autism also have ADHD and/or Sensory Integration Disorder, that doesn't mean children with these disorders also have autism. If the definition of autism keeps getting broader, confusion will cause these misdiagnoses to increase.
The Doings ClarendonHills (IL)
District 181 is currently weighing the cost and benefits of dropping out of the special education service co-op called LADSE. Benefits to leaving the co-op include control of service delivery, direct staff supervision, more attention to students who need services daily and no worries about staff being unavailable. But staying with LADSE also means the district has access to a large inventory of technology and equipment and staff training.
Star Tribune (MN)
Seventh-grade English teacher Melisa Tennant replaced the chairs in her classroom with balance balls. Tennant said that elementary schools had positive results when using balance balls for children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "But no one had been brave enough to try it on middle school kids," she said.
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."
Tehran Times (Iran)
How can parents know when their young child's academic delays are more serious? As reluctant as your child's teacher might be to admit it, there are a few flags teachers see as possible indicators for learning disabilities.
Hattiesburg American (MS)
Kelly Graves cried when her son, John David, came home from school and read her a short story. He gained the ability to comprehend the letters and words on the pages at the new Dynamic Dyslexia Design (3D) school designed especially for first- through third-grade students with dyslexia.
The Cynic (VT)
The University of Vermont was one of 22 schools to receive a federal Universal Design grant aimed at helping students with disabilities. Susan Edelman, a research professor at the UVM's Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, said, "research shows when faculty makes these changes in courses, it benefits everyone. [Universal Design] allows people to find their best mode out of an array of options."
The Fort Scott Tribune (KS)
USD 235 approved new Assurances and Intervention Plan that outlines when and how district officials need to intervene in the process of educating students. Superintendent Randy Rockhold said, "We did not previously have a document that clearly defined our academic intervention process. It details how we go about screening if a need comes up, how we intervene in the general education process, and how to set up interventions."
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.
Three years after the U.S. Department of Education started requiring states to collect and report extensive data on students with disabilities, it is still tweaking the rules that states are expected to follow when gathering the information. What hasn't changed, however, is the scope and depth of the information that states are expected to collect.
Journal Advocate (CO)
One of the goals of any school is to prevent students from falling through the cracks, and that's the purpose of Colorado Department of Education's new framework Response to Intervention (RTI). Parents and teachers got a chance to learn more RTI at a workshop presented by PEAK Parent Center.
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.
Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. (Sri Lanka)
Children, from the moment of birth, are constantly learning and developing their abilities and skills — including that of speech and language. Here language and learning disability expert Shalini Wickremesooriya discusses the development of speech and language and various related disorders.
Press of Atlantic City (NJ)
Samantha Ravelli was not nervous. The same, however, could not be said for her mother, Beth. The two sat in the front row of Committee Room 11 at the Statehouse on Thursday afternoon, to testify in support of a bill to create the New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force.