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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.
WHAS 11 (KY)
A local psychiatrist with precision like focus, a girl who’s poised to become a nurse, and man who is making his mark in real estate — these three stories of what life is like with ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Belleville News Democrat (IL)
Matt Grohmann looks forward to after-school tutoring the way other kids look forward to Boy Scouts or baseball practice. His one-on-one sessions with a reading specialist give him a chance to be successful and make the rest of his life happier.
Miami Herald (FL)
Brain research is opening the way to help teachers detect and address complex conditions — such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and its mathematical cousin, dyscalculia — that defy blood tests and other simple medical diagnostics.
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.