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Kids with ADHD Less Adept at Crossing the Street

HealthDay

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 solo—they do stop and look both ways before crossing—they aren't always good at judging how much time they need to safely cross.

Bullying and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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.

Report Finds Progress, Problems for Students with Learning Disabilities

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.

ADHD: It's Different for Women

ADDitude

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 3—up from about 1 to 8 in the 1990s—the rate for diagnoses of adult women and men is about 1 to 1.

Majority of Special Ed. Students in Texas Suspended, Expelled

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.

Nutrition May be Key to Helping Control ADHD

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.

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Learning Disabilities, ADHD in Kids

Time

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.

Why Some Entrepreneurs Call ADHD a "Superpower"

SmartMoney

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.

Preparing for College with a Learning Disability

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.

Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese

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.

Tax Credit Becomes Law for NC Parents of Pupils with Special Needs

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.

Learning Disabled Serve Scoops, Build Confidence

Patch.com

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."

Clever Font Aims to Help People with Dyslexia Read with Ease

Tecca

From Robotics to YouTube, technology boasts plenty of applications that make the world a better place—with a new font for people with a pervasive learning disability, typography gets in on the world bettering action too. The font, created by Christian Boer, aims to adjust the alphabet to make it more readable for people with dyslexia.

End to One-Time Aid May Squeeze Special Ed. Budgets

Education Week

As one-time aid from the federal economic-stimulus program and the $10 billion Education Job Fund evaporates, states using that money to keep their special education budgets afloat are starting to come up short—in some cases putting other federal aid in jeopardy.

ADHD in the Workplace

D Magazine (TX)

For entrepreneur Kevin Lofgren, 41, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been both a blessing and a curse. Although he got along just fine socially by being entertaining and the life of the party, he wasn't well respected for his intellect or performance in school. He got a job after college, then later founded Farstar, a technology-based creative marketing firm in Frisco.

Girls Affected by ADHD Often Overlooked

6 ABC (PA)

"They called me Sugar Rush in middle school, because I was so hyper," recalls a Pennsylvania teen. Learning is a year-round process for 16-year-old Olivia McQuiggan, a student at Conestoga High School. Although she loves it, it can be a challenge because she has ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Former 'Poster Child for Female ADHD' Decides Her Past Won't Hold Her Back

The Washington Post

A few weeks ago, after completing my last class of college, I Googled my name. I knew I wouldn't like what I saw, but I did it anyway. Eight hundred forty-five Google hits later, I was having a panic attack about what prospective employers and graduate schools would find: my tainted online reputation. Rewind five years. It's my senior year of high school. I've been accepted to several colleges, and I've just come to terms with the fact that I grew up with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and finally begun to embrace the diagnosis as part of who I am.

Baltimore-Based Study Finds Core Cause of Math Disability

NBC Washington

A Baltimore-based study pinpoints the core cognitive differences between students who sometimes struggle with math and those who have dyscalculia, a severe mathematical learning disability.The new, decade long study conducted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute and published June 17 in the Child Development journal, finds that having a poor "gut sense" of numbers can lead to dyscalculia. This inaccurate number sense is just one cause of math learning disabilities, according to the study led by Dr. Michele Mazzocco of the Baltimore Institute.

Feds Threaten S.C. with $111 Million Cut to Special Ed

On Special Education Blog, Education Week

South Carolina may lose about $111 million in federal special education money for cutting its spending on students with disabilities for the last two years without the U.S. Department of Education's approval. In a letter on June 17, the state was warned that if it doesn't come up with the $111 million that it cut from special education budgets for the last two years, the federal government will penalize South Carolina by the same amount.

Maryland Special-Needs Students Build Camaraderie and Confidence

The Washington Post

Five years ago, Montgomery County, Md. schools began phasing out "learning centers" — which offered small, self-contained classes with a pace tailored to special-needs students. Before the shift, about a quarter of special education students in Maryland's largest school system were in learning centers. Now, just 322 remain. They are the outliers in an increasingly integrated education system, which makes it all the more important for teachers such as Cory to ensure that their students feel empowered as individuals without feeling isolated.

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