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The Capital Times (WI)
Students who have persistent trouble reading because the neural pathways in their brains do not decode letters and sounds in the ways that make reading and writing natural - need specific help, they say, and the sooner the better. That's why Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, has introduced two bills to the Wisconsin Assembly aimed at helping schoolchildren with dyslexia.
As the mental health experts go back to the drawing board, expect updates to the current guidelines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, age of onset, and symptoms. The label ADHD or ADD may even go away, or at the very least, change meaning.
Westport News (CT)
Westport, CT resident Jane Ross, for a decade now, has been helping parents who have children with learning disabilities and ADHD through her nonprofit organization, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. Ten years is cause for a celebration, and so, Smart Kids' "The Sky's The Limit" benefit will be taking place at the Westport Country Playhouse on March 12.
A link appears to exist between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anomalies in the brain's reward system, a new study suggests.
The rate of chronic disease among children has doubled in the past two decades: More than half of children ages 8 to 14 have had a long-term health problem at some point, such as obesity, asthma, a learning disability or other ailment, a study shows.
Star Tribune (MN)
Strong performances on the basketball court last summer elevated Minneapolis Roosevelt guard Suriya McGuire from a relative unknown to one recruiting publication's pick as the nation's No. 7 overall player. McGuire also battles dyslexia, which is considered a learning disability because it can make success in a typical classroom difficult.
The Guardian (UK)
Rick Riordan's son, Haley, has dyslexia and ADHD. Aged nine, he refused to read, but loved Greek myths so Rick turned his boy into a latterday hero Percy Jackson in a series of bestselling books and now a Hollywood movie.
New York Times
There is nothing simple about speech, and there is nothing simple about speech delay starting with the challenge of diagnosing it. Every pediatrician knows the frustration of trying to quantify the speech and language skills of a screaming toddler. But assessment is crucial: the earlier it is made, the earlier the speech-delayed child can get some help, and the earlier the help, the better the prospects.
Collin County's growth is usually measured in things added, such as highways, shopping malls, subdivisions, event centers and stadiums. But the Collin County Special Education Cooperative is going away, and that, too, speaks to the county's relentless advance to bigness.
When Sarah Turton was diagnosed as dyslexic in 2001, at the age of 32, all those years of not being able to put her thoughts into written words suddenly made sense. But rather then a hindrance, she says her condition is a creative tool which she can use in her books.
Kids who get bullied and snubbed by peers may be more likely to have problems in other parts of their lives, past studies have shown. And now researchers have found at least three factors in a child's behavior that can lead to social rejection.
Topeka Capital-Journal (KS)
In Kansas' special education community this year, the windfall of one school district has caused glares from others. The Legislature this week will begin debating changes to the formula that funds special education programs in the state in an attempt to curb explosive growth in the number of claims for "catastrophic" aid.
Warwick Beacon (RI)
There are 10,482 students enrolled in the schools of Warwick, Rhode Island. Or are there 11,582 students? Actually both figures are correct depending on how students are counted. In terms of bodies the 10,482 total is correct. But in terms of the contract with the Warwick Teachers Union some students actually count for 1.5 or even 2 students. That's because the contract weights those students with an IEP, or individual educational program.
Hartford Courant (CT)
A complaint filed on behalf of 70 students at the 2550 Main Street Academy paints a picture of a chaotic school where little learning takes place and conditions are unsafe. As a result, the middle- and high school-aged special-education students are being denied their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and several other federal and state statutes, the complaint says.
NPR, Shots Blog
Ambidextrous kids are more likely to suffer from language and learning problems, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), than their right- or left- handed peers. Researchers found that ambidextrous children were twice as likely to have difficulties with language, and by ages 15 to 16, they were twice as likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD.
With the Obama administration and many state governors calling for more charter schools, it may be time for policymakers to address directly the issue of these schools' imbalanced enrollment of students with disabilities.
Due process hearings have increased nationally over the last two decades, a trend mirrored in Pennsylvania, according to Perry Zirkel, an education and law professor at Lehigh University and a special education expert. Broadening definitions have put more conditions under the special education umbrella and parents' increasing awareness of their child’s legal rights have contributed to increased special education enrollment and litigation.
Hilton Head Monthly (SC)
Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Whoopi Goldberg have two things in common. First, they all suffered from learning disabilities. Second, their photos line a wall in The Learning Center on Hilton Head Island, serving as inspiration to the students there.
Newark Star-Ledger (NJ)
Legislation inspired by an Ocean City girl who overcame severe dyslexia has been signed into law in New Jersey. The measure creates a reading disabilities task force, which would help determine the best methods for diagnosing, treating and educating special needs students.
There is a link between exposure to phthalate chemicals and the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-aged children according to a study published in Environmental Health News.