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ADHD Parenting Blog, ADDitudemag.com
Has paying fees for lost and overdue books become your ADD/ADHD family's library tradition? Take comfort with this from a former library employee and mom to one forgetful, disorganized ADHD child.
Press of Atlantic City (NJ)
The best Valentine's Day gift Michael Maiuro, 9, of Northfield, gave his mother, Kim, was him reading her holiday card. "He is so severely dyslexic," Kim Maiuro said. "He couldn't read at all before." Michael was getting help in school, but his teacher recommended he apply for specialized one-on-one tutoring in what is called the Orton-Gillingham method, provided free twice a week through a program sponsored by the Scottish Right Northern Masons at the Northfield Community School.
New York Times
The coffee shop at Woodrow Wilson Middle School is serious about service with a smile. When Edward Lin, a seventh grader, stared silently at his feet the other day instead of greeting a customer, his teacher prodded him. Edward is in a special class for children with autism or multiple learning disabilities that is charged with running the coffee shop every Friday morning. Setting up in the home economics room, Edward and 11 classmates have rung up more than $1,000 in sales of coffee, tea, doughnuts, cookies and cupcakes to the school's staff since October.
Morristown Patch (NJ)
When does a child have a learning disability and when is he just being a rambunctious kid? That's the question posed by Lisa Loomer's "Distracted," which Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is staging at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, March 4 to 20. The play, which had a successful run off-Broadway starring Cynthia Nixon last year, looks into attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and how it affects a child and his parents.
Inside School Research Blog, Education Week
A pair of studies of the brain activity and hand movements of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may point to more accurate ways to measure the cause and severity of their problems.
South Coast Today (MA)
When we think about dyslexia, we typically think about a disability. We focus on difficulties in learning to read and write. But there's plenty of evidence that suggests we should think about a whole lot more than that and in fact change the way we think.
Consults Blog, New York Times
Millions of people suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, many of them teenagers who face problems in school. Here, Dr. Russell A. Barkley, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and author of "Your Defiant Teen" and other books, responds to concerns from parents of teenagers with ADHD.
ADHD Expert Blog, ADDitude Mag
"I'm a 32-year-old teacher who still lives at home, and I have been diagnosed with ADHD and have other learning disabilities," one reader tells us. "Lately, I've been feeling like the family joke. Just yesterday, when I asked my mom if she could pay me back the money I lent her over Christmas I transposed numbers in my check register and was short of money she started laughing. Am I being oversensitive? Is there anything I can do to change these family dynamics?"
For the second year in a row, the federal government is bracing for more states to request a pass on requirements that they hold special education spending harmless as they struggle to balance their budgets, leaving school districts to find ways to meet all students' needs with less money.
Unfocused, hyperactive children are often dealing with a host of other problems that hinder their progress in school and hurt their relationships, a new study finds. The research, published in the March issue of Pediatrics, finds that nearly 70% of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have at least one other mental or physical problem, like a learning disability, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, or difficulty with hearing or speech.
New York Daily News
For 20 years, Jamillah Salahuddin has worked as a public school teacher East New York - but the system she has served so loyally let her down when it came to her own child. Salahuddin spent six years fighting to win adequate services for her learning-disabled son in the city's public schools - and her struggle is still not over. Last month, Salahuddin won a judgment against the Education Department that will allow her to send her son to suitable public school or even a private school on the city's dime because public schools in her district failed to address his needs.
The Chart Blog, CNN Health
It's still a mystery, and parents and scientists alike are looking for answers about why some 5 million children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition marked by impulsive behavior and a lack of focus. There have been genetic links shown, and plenty of accusations of misdiagnosis, but now the attention turns to a different explanation: Diet.
Scientists have said their discovery of a gene could help explain dyslexia and speech disorders in children. The University of Edinburgh staff found the gene ROBO1 linked to the mechanism in the brain that helps infants develop speech.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
The federal Office of Special Education Programs released a memo last month reminding states that a response-to-intervention process cannot delay the initial evaluation for special education services of a child suspected of having a disability.
The use of multi-sensory education could benefit all American students. Multi-sensory education gives students the skills to process information and develop strategies and critical thinking, rather than simply relying on memorization alone, which does not allow students to engage their brains, and apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom to everyday situations and challenges.
Daily Bruin (CA)
The percentage of UCLA first-year students who self-identify with a learning disability, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has increased, according to the recently released 2010 Cooperative Institutional Research Program's Freshman Survey, which is administered by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.
The Spectrum (NY)
A University of Buffalo researcher has developed a behavioral treatment that will help teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) become better drivers. Dr. Gregory A. Fabiano, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, has partnered with professors in the Department of Engineering to assist families as their teens learn to drive.
As Ohio's speech-language telepractice pilot enters its fourth year, the collaborative multimedia program continues expansion, and administrators are testing new ways of delivering therapy. The students love it, and plenty of sessions end with children asking, "Can't we do just one more?"
Children with attention deficit disorder often struggle to understand sequence, tell time, and prioritize — with their education paying the price. Find out how to help your ADHD student comprehend clocks, calendars, and other time management skills, here.
The Telegraph (UK)
Learner drivers with conditions such as dyspraxia, which affects hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and short-term memory can find it even more challenging than most to get their license.