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The academics at Johns Hopkins University are tough for any student, but for Paul Rabil, they were a special hardship. Rabil, 25, Major League Lacrosse's 2011 Most Valuable Player, has a condition called auditory processing disorder that can make reading and writing an excruciating trial. Surviving the reading-intensive courses at Hopkins required accommodations available to students with learning disabilities, and time lots of it to read and reread material to absorb its meaning.
The Choice Blog, New York Times
Marybeth Kravets is fielding questions this week on The Choice about applying to college with a learning disability, the subject of a column published in The Times's Education Life supplement. Ms. Kravets, the former president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, is the co-author of "The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder." In this fourth round, Ms. Kravets addresses the question of physical disabilities that impact learning capacity. This series will conclude Friday.
New York Times
The Choice Blog: The Choice has lined up Marybeth Kravets to field questions this week about applying to college with a learning disability, the subject of a column published over the weekend in The Times's Education Life supplement. In this first batch of answers, Ms. Kravets addresses questions on test scores and foreign language requirement waivers. Answers to additional questions will continue this week.
Dyslexia is often diagnosed when a child or adult has more difficulty with reading than their IQ would suggest. New research adds to this discrepancy model by using fMRI patterns.
A number of factors associated with math disability in children have been identified by researchers. The study included 177 children in 12 public schools in Missouri who were tested one to three times a year from kindergarten through fifth grade. The results showed that those who had trouble understanding the fundamental concept of exact numerical quantities for example, that the printed numeral 3 represents three dots on a page when they started school were diagnosed with a math learning disability by fifth grade.
Women and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are not only less frequently diagnosed than their male counterparts. ADD/ADHD girls and women often require gender-specific treatments to help manage symptoms, succeed at school and work, and have successful relationships.
Los Angeles Times
Booster Shots Blog: One's intelligence appears unrelated to the specific brain pattern that causes dyslexia, researchers reported Thursday. The findings are important because they suggest that IQ shouldn't be considered by education specialists when diagnosing dyslexia. In fact, doing say may bar some children from receiving special education services to improve reading comprehension.
New York Times
The admissions process can be stressful for even the most gifted, organized students. But to applicants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities, the path to college can feel like a maze. The Choice addresses some of the issues such students face.
When 4th grade teacher Heather Whitby sat down for a book discussion last week with a group of students at her Bethesda, Md., elementary school, other students read on their own, including two who a year ago might not have been able to do so. Because of their disabilities, Kyle Nordheimer and Maurice Van Lowe struggle with traditional printed text. But, using Bookshare, a nonprofit that provides free electronic copies of books to students with certain disabilities, both boys watched computer screens scroll through the text of The Chocolate Touch, listening to it at the same time.
Shots Blog, National Public Radio
Children taking stimulant drugs like Ritalin for ADHD aren't at greater risk of having a heart attack or other serious cardiovascular problems, according to new research published online Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. But critics of the widespread use of prescription amphetamines to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder 2.7 million children are taking the drugs say this latest study still doesn't give ADHD drugs a clean bill of health.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
While many students with disabilities are included in state exams in reading, math, and other subjects, in 2005, a Government Accountability Office report found that they are more likely to be excluded from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card.
ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
Just last week, Coco was a 6-year-old Brownie camping in our back yard. Now she's 16 and I feel overwhelmed that we haven't done enough to prepare her, to make her safe in the real world with her ADHD.
The Telegraph (UK)
Dyslexia Awareness Week, an annual event celebrated around the world to raise public awareness about dyslexia, begins today and runs until Sunday 6th November. It's seems the perfect time to highlight some of the fantastic books from Barrington Stoke, an Edinburgh-based firm which is now 14 years old and the main British publishing house devoted to books for reluctant and struggling readers.
A learning disability made school hard for Chantel Cox. But she always stayed on grade level and looked forward to earning a high school diploma. She actually was excited about taking the state graduation tests. But the morning of the high school writing test, in September 2009, school administrators pulled Chantel and several other Carver juniors aside. All stood a good chance of failing and of lowering the school's odds of meeting its do-or-die performance targets. While the rest of the 11th grade took the test required for all juniors, Chantel and the others worked puzzles in a special-education classroom.
The hardest part of any teacher's job? The parents. Here's how teachers of ADHD students can encourage teamwork, unearth solutions, and make a difference in the life of an ADD child.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
When Congress passed a short-term budget bill that expires Nov. 18, lawmakers may not have realized what some of the bill's potential long-term effects might be on education spendingalthough states and school districts noticed their action right away. Spending for four programsspecial education, Title I, teacher quality, and career and technical educationfor the current school year was cut, presumably well after most states and school districts had spending plans for the year in place.
New York Times
Whether you call it hypochondria or American exceptionalism, the numbers are plain: Americans lead the world in diagnoses of mental health problems. For some conditions, perhaps wealth explains the disparity: in developing nations, more people are focused on pressing needs like food and shelter, making depression a "luxury disorder" in wealthy nations like the United States. But are there other factors at play for conditions like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, that may be "culture-specific"? Maybe the condition is more common in the United States because the high-energy, risk-taking traits of ADHD are part of America's pioneer DNA.
A growing number of students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college, yet few are likely to get the level of support and encouragement available at Landmark College, one of a few small, private colleges that specialize in educating students who struggle with conditions such as dyslexia or attention-deficit disorder.
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Sunday issued new guidelines that urge parents and doctors to be on the lookout for signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children as young as 4. Previous guidelines set the minimum age at six. Preschoolers aren't particularly focused in general so how could you tell if one had ADHD?
On Special Education Blog: Are high-achieving and gifted students being hurt by all of the attention on the lowest-performing students? Pretty much, according to researchers at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in a report last month called "Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude". But at least two groups find fault with the analysis from Fordham, which hosted a discussion of its findings Monday.