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The News-Herald (NC)
Parents hear a lot about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but it can be difficult to know when a child's behavior crosses the line between age-appropriate acting out and something more serious. At around age 4 or 5, symptoms of ADHD can begin appearing, said Julie Schopps, a pediatrician with Piedmont Healthcare Pediatrics. Schopps said ADHD is a combination of personality traits that revolve around hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)
IDEA specifies that students with disabilities should spend as much time as possible with their non-disabled peers. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Department of Education settled a class-action lawsuit over that requirement, and since then the state has held school districts more accountable. Four years later, many schools still are working to get it right. "Inclusion isn't an exact science," said Bernard Miller, director for exceptional programs at the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Tonawanda News (NY)
University of Buffalo researcher Gregory Fabiano's work centers largely on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His innovative and promising research on ADHD landed him a prestigious award that included a trip to the White House and a photo-op with President Bush last month. He was one of 67 researchers from around the country to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Nearly everyone has trouble with procrastination at some point. But for many kids, and adults, it's a chronic problem. Work continuously piles up, deadlines are barely met (or not at all), work often has to be redone over and over, and life is filled with unnecessary stress, tears and tumult. Here are some helpful tips, created from academic coaching recommendations as well as traditional behavioral therapy literature.
Each student deemed eligible for special education has a right to has his or her own individualized education plan known as the IEP. But things can get sticky when parents and school staff sit down at so-called IEP meetings to decide what’s needed to educate a student. Here, special education attorney Marcy Tiffany answers questions about what rights students with disabilities have under the law.
Lake County News-Chronicle (MN)
There was a time when Paul Zoch couldn't read. Now, he's writing children's books, in the hope of passing along a love of the written word that he was late to develop.
U.S. News and World Report
Senior writer Nancy Shute interviews Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist with ADHD himself and author of the book Superparenting for ADD. Hallowell's book is aimed at convincing parents, teachers, and kids that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or attention deficit disorder) is a trait, not a disability.
WCVB TV/DT 5 (Boston)
Transcendental meditation may be an effective way to treat ADHD symptoms without using medication, according to a new study published in the journal Current Issues in Education. The pilot study followed a group of middle school students with ADHD who were meditating twice a day in school. After three months, researchers found over 50 percent reduction in stress and anxiety and improvements in ADHD symptoms.
The Leader (Australia)
Experts, politicians, and parents hope a new law will help those with reading difficulties and take away the stigma of the word "disability" from those with the reading difficulty of dyslexia. They hope this opens the way for such children to benefit from the $9 million being spent to train 80 new special education teachers to start work at 265 New South Wales schools in 2009.
Largely hidden from view in workplaces across America are millions of parents struggling with a herculean work-life challenge: caring for a special needs child. Because they often suffer discrimination or have to cut back on work, these families are more likely to be poorer than those raising children without disabilities. Alongside all the intangible rewards and the bountiful love in these families, there is hardship: careers are cut short, finances are put in disarray, life is chaotic. This article is the first in a two-part series on caring for children with disabilities.
When Eric Atkinson was growing up in Victorville, CA some of his teachers told him he was stupid. He is not stupid. Far from it. But he is dyslexic, living with an impairment in his brain's system of translating information that can strike people of any intelligence. He not only overcame his disability and collected three degrees and is working on a fourth but a paper he wrote comparing the origins of hip-hop with the development of bebop jazz 60 years ago captured first place last summer in a national competition.
New York Daily News
About 13% of public school students in New York State are enrolled in special education. Educating each of them costs taxpayers many thousands of dollars more than it does to educate a regular student. With the financial crisis compelling Gov. Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and other officials around the state to make cuts that have the least impact on services to which we have become accustomed, now is the time for them to give a special-education voucher program a second look. Aside from offering better educational outcomes, such a program would significantly reduce expenditures.
New Orleans public schools had mixed results in bolstering services for the thousands of children with special needs in the city during the past year, according to educators and recent numbers released by the state. Several public schools affiliated with the state-run Recovery School District charter and non-charters alike made gains in identifying students with disabilities in a timely fashion, allowing them to focus less on paperwork and more on serving children.
Austin American-Statesman (TX)
For almost 20 years, the Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin, TX has been helping kids with dyslexia, a complex language problem that affects reading and writing. The nonprofit provides free academic language therapy for second- through sixth -graders five days a week for about two years. It offers dyslexia evaluations and summer programs, plus training for teachers.
The Arizona Daily Sun
Adoptive parents of fetal alcohol children want a more comprehensive approach to a condition often misdiagnosed as simple attention deficit. Children diagnosed with FASD require patient and special attention; their misbehavior in class and in social settings is often seen as an attention deficit or inappropriate social interaction. This is but one obstacle the FASD Awareness Group of Northern Arizona hopes to overcome.
Parental education is a strong predictor of socioeconomic status and children's educational environment. Nevertheless, some children continue to experience reading failure in spite of high parental education and support for learning to read.
Norwalk Citizen (CT)
Norwalk resident Jennifer Covello not only published a baby journal, but created a gift that keeps on giving. That's because the baby book, "My Life a Chronicle of the Journey," inspired by her children Christopher, 11, and Kaitlyn, 7, will also help children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and their parents.
South Carolina Now (SC)
If you've ever passed by Elohim Outreach Center in Hartsville, SC, you may have seen children playing hopscotch on the sidewalk. They weren't just having fun; they were learning. The center offers tutoring, counseling, summer camp, job training, computer training and SAT/ACT preparation to students who are assessed by the school system as having behavioral problems or learning disabilities.
Arab News, Saudi Arabia
The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Support Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is planning to educate government departments, hospitals and members of the public about the need to provide help to children who suffer from the condition.
Greeley Tribune (CO)
Thor Nelson stands tall at the front of the gym. Karate students of all sizes, ages and belt colors mimic his moves. Midway between Nelson's black belt and his shoulder is a catheter port sticking out of his arm.