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ADHD & LD Education Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
Do you or does your child's teacher suspect your son or daughter has ADHD? If so, what's holding you back from getting an evaluation? Securing a proper ADHD diagnosis could do your child a world of good.
Staten Island Advance (NY)
By the time her son, Luis, was 2 years old, Wendy Ramos realized he wasn't hitting important speech milestones and enrolled him in speech therapy. "Luis wasn't talking, but he understood what I was saying and he was great at art and puzzles," the Great Kills mom explained. "As he got older, he wasn't recognizing letters or rhymes or nursery songs. He was frustrated, because he wasn't progressing."
Students with disabilities or health problems are more likely to be the target of bullies than their classmates, according to a study published this month in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Kansas City Star
At 95, after a lifetime of work including almost two decades as a teacher — Collin Corkum deserves a break. Rest, however, is not on his agenda. That's because for years Collin, of Tustin, Calif., has quietly harbored the desire to find a way to deliver a message to children and adults with dyslexia: "You can."
So is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) a real thing, or is it just a byproduct of the times we live in? Not exactly. While over-scheduling ourselves and constantly looking at our Blackberrys and iPhones can cause us to be distracted and inattentive, it doesn't really qualify as ADD/ADHD. Being overextended can mimic ADD/ADHD symptoms, but there is a big difference between having some symptoms and qualifying for a diagnosis.
More than 30 years after passage of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, schools are still working on including students with disabilities in all facets of public school. And in many places, they remain segregated for at least part of the day, says Wayne Sailor. For many years now, Mr. Sailor has been working with public schools around the country on changing the fundamental culture of how students with disabilities — and all students — are taught.
The Boston Globe
Most people think of dyslexia as a reading problem, a learning disability that causes letters to get jumbled up. But research by MIT scientists suggests that an even more basic cognitive difference sets apart people with dyslexia: They have difficulty recognizing voices speaking their own language.
Imagine being almost 30 and not able to read or write. That's what happened to Nelson Lauver, author of the memoir Most Unlikely to Succeed: The Trials, Travels and Ultimate Triumphs of a 'Throwaway' Kid. Today, as a radio broadcaster, speaker, humorist, and author, he is on a mission to remove the stigma associated with reading disabilities.
Parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have one more worry to add to their list: Kids younger than 10 years old with ADHD may be unable to cross the street safely on their own. New research found that while children with ADHD may look as if they are capable of crossing the street solothey do stop and look both ways before crossingthey aren't always good at judging how much time they need to safely cross.
New York Law Journal (Blog)
The issue of bullying in schools has taken center stage in the national dialogue in recent years. Bullying has been the backdrop to high-profile suicides, school violence, and increasingly urgent debates over teens/tweens and social media. At most every school in the country, bullying is a major topic of concern. As often happens, the law has struggled to catch up to an important social issue. But that may be about to change.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities says too few students with learning disabilities graduate from high school, and some racial and ethnic groups are still disproportionately represented in LD programs, but early intervention strategies appear to be reducing the overall number of students who are identified as having a learning disability.
Barely 31 years after "Attention Deficit Disorder" first appeared in the bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), front-line clinical therapists say that increasing awareness of the condition has led to many more girls being diagnosed while they're young. Even so, while girls and boys currently are diagnosed at a ratio of about 1 to 3up from about 1 to 8 in the 1990sthe rate for diagnoses of adult women and men is about 1 to 1.
On Special Education Blog , Education Week
A new study by the Council of State Governments Justice Center took a close look at how often students in Texas are disciplined by in- and out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Among the findings: Students with disabilities are especially likely to be punished by one or more of these methods. The researchers looked at records for close to one million students and found that 75 percent of middle and high school students with disabilities in the nation's second-largest public school system were suspended, expelled, or both at least once. That compares to about 55 percent of students without a disability.
Sen Sentinel (FL)
Your child doesn't listen, frequently forgets things, is disruptive and impulsive, and is irresponsible with chores and homework. While this may sound like the behavior of the average child, when it's around the clock, it can be something more serious. Many kids who experience these symptoms continuously have a condition known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Kids who grow up among smokers are more likely than kids in smoke-free homes to suffer from a number of neurobehavioral disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities and conduct disorders.
People who have it sometimes like to call it their superpower, but in reality, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a learning disability. Still, it's surprisingly common among high-achieving business founders, and entrepreneurs afflicted with it are in good company, with Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea and JetBlue founder David Neeleman among the many who talk openly about their having attention-deficit issues. It stands to reason that ADHD would thrive among those calling the shots. While they are often labeled as misfits inside big organizations, their restless creativity dovetails with the high-drama problem-solving associated with running a start-up.
Campus Overload Blog, The Washington Post
This spring I graduated from college, along with thousands of students across the country. But my academic journey was a little different than most. I am a non-visual learner, and I have AD/HD and components of Asperger's Syndrome. For those of you preparing for college with a learning disability: I understand. I've been there.
The Wall Street Journal
After her 12-year-old son spent two years at a specialized school for children with learning disabilities, Lisa Lunday decided he was ready for a more challenging, mainstream environment. The school she chose, however, required all students to study Japanese as part of its academically rigorous curriculum. Ms. Lunday was unsure how her son, who is dyslexic, would cope. The result surprised her. The boy, now 13, excelled in his Japanese studies.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
A new North Carolina law provides a tax credit to families of children with disabilities. Gov. Beverly Perdue allowed the measure to become law without her signature. The law gives parents of children with disabilities a tax credit of up to $6,000 for educational expenses including private school tuition, therapy, and tutoring.
Like any parent, Meg Barnhart wants her son, Doug, to find fulfilling employment one day. He's a 15-year-old who loves people and "can sell anybody anything," said Barnhart. Because he has a language-based learning disability, Barnhart worries Doug wouldn't be able to find meaningful work."A lot of times, kids with language-based issues or cognitive-based issues are put behind the scenes, and that isn’t necessarily the right place for them."