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Ennis Daily News (TX)
When she was a second grader, Kendra Thomas found her dyslexia overwhelming. But she credits the guidance of her teacher Mrs. Jewel for teaching her to push past her learning disabilities through the use of story telling. It was this technique that would help Thomas go on to pursue the field of education as a language arts teacher and give her the creative flair she needed to write an award winning play and also a book.
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (U.K.)
"Why can't she be more careful? He's so clumsy " Admit it, you've said it about your children. But what if it's not their fault? They may, in fact, be suffering from a medical disorder called dyspraxia. It's sometimes unkindly referred to as 'clumsy child' syndrome; the condition is an impairment of the organization of movement, which can lead to problems with co-ordination and coping with simple tasks many of us take for granted.
The Northern Advocate (N.Z.)
Some New Zealand students struggling with the learning disability dyslexia have new help thanks to a $150,000 leg-up by the Freemasons. The grant will pay for multi-sensory computer software called Lexia, which uses the child's eyes, ears and touch to get messages into the brain.
Abbotsford Mission Times (Canada)
Tyrone Brown, 13, and his younger brother Lyndon, 11, reached deep into their hearts and found the strength to communicate their undying respect for veterans with beautifully written Remembrance Day poems. But, the boys' poems are unlike any other, for Tyrone and Lyndon both suffer from severe dyspraxia, which prevents them from being able to talk.
With the right help, students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling can excel in school. Wilson Anderson, a 40-year teaching veteran, will speak at the Reading Center and Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota Nov. 19. Parents can learn how to help their struggling children.
Connecticut Post (CT)
Jonathan Mooney, author and advocate for alternative education will talk about the needs of children with behaviorial disorders Thursday at Housatonic Community College. Mooney recommends modifying traditional learning environments to better teach children who have disorders like ADD, ADHD and dyslexia. He maintains that children with disabilities require different learning strategies than traditional students.
The Herald (Scotland)
It was more than a century ago that dyslexia was first identified as a distinct learning difficulty. The term was coined in 1887 by a German ophthalmologist to describe the case of an otherwise normal boy who had a severe impairment in reading and writing. In the intervening years, the understanding and treatment of the condition has grown rapidly but, as a new report out today shows, schools across Scotland are still failing some dyslexic pupils.
The Leaf Chronicle (TN)
If you have a child with a disability or a special need, you have an advocate in STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) says Trudy Sanders. Sanders is a state certified child advocate who has been instrumental is scheduling a Nov. 18 workshop called "First Step: Basic Rights: A Parent's Introduction to Special Education" sponsored by Progressive Directions, Inc.
The Mills Campanil (NY)
On Oct. 21, Services for Students with Disabilities held its first event for students with non-apparent disabilities. The event was the premier of the film "Speaking Our Truths: Surfacing the Stories of Non-Apparent Disabilities," which follows the lives of several people who have struggled to receive an education with disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD.
WINK News (FL)
Two-thirds of all learning disability diagnoses are for boys. But why is there such a discrepancy? Some experts say schools aren't sensitive enough to boys and their learning problems.
The Huntsville Times (AL)
On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Greengate School will hold a program called "IEP or 504? What is the best option for your child in public school?" Dr. Natalie Frazier of Comprehensive Counseling will outline the process for getting special education services and accommodations for students in elementary through high school.
The Orange County Register (CA)
A Rancho Santa Margarita mom shares some advice learned the hard way: I work daily to parent effectively, given what we know about parenting the ADHD child. That is to say, what we think we know. I've learned a few lessons that I'm happy to share.
Gotham Schools (NY)
A new push by the state to standardize the way school districts plan which services special needs students should receive is rattling parents across New York. The state wants to implement one Individualized Education Plan (IEP) form for all schools. Advocates worry that this would weaken parents' ability to insure that their child receives services.
Courier Press (IL)
A look at new technologies in action at Reitz High School, including electronic devices that read any text for students with certain learning disabilities that make reading difficult. Students can listen to a reading selection without having to have a teacher read it to them.
The Oregonian (OR)
Oregon State volleyball player Ashley Evans struggled with severe dyslexia, but overcame her struggles to become a Pacific-10 Conference all-academic honoree and a standout on the team.
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.
BBC News (U.K.)
Injuries in very young children are associated with later diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.K. research suggests. A study of 62,000 children shows both head and burn injuries before the age of two are linked with almost double the risk of ADHD diagnosis by age 10.
Los Angeles Daily News (CA)
Parents send their children to Westmark, a school for those with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention-deficit disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Then they arrive at the Encino campus, and something changes. They find something within themselves: the ability to learn.
Essex Echo (U.K.)
A pupil who is battling dyslexia has praised her teachers for their expert help in diagnosing and guiding her through her condition. Sophie Goddard, 13, was tested by teachers when she joined Belfairs High School in Leigh and was found to have the condition.
Arizona Daily Star (AZ)
Freshman Hannah Morgan has emerged this fall as the most consistent runner on the Pima College women's cross country team. But her work in the classroom impresses coach Greg Wenneborg even more. Morgan said she has dyslexia, a learning disability that impairs her comprehension of information.