Five advantages of inclusive education for students with learning disabilities

Inclusive education is a term used to describe the type of education in which special students or students with a learning disability are encouraged to attend general education classes instead of being enrolled in a special day class. Although inclusive education can be a little controversial for parents, there are numerous advantages to this method of schooling. […]

Cognitive assessment test can help diagnose learning disabilities

by Michael Hart – New improvements to a cognitive assessment tool will allow school and clinical psychologists more access to test content and additional information about a student’s learning processes specific to learning disabilities. Pearson has introduced the fifth version of its Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), which gathers information about a child’s learning […]

Teenager with dyslexia joins efforts to pass legislation for screenings

by Amanda Brandeis – A local teenager wants more support for students with learning disabilities, specifically those struggling with dyslexia. In kindergarten, Ben Cooper was struggling with reading. His mother Robbi, the school wanted to hold him back for a year, saying he just needed more time. She decided to have him privately tested, and […]

Our educational system should help struggling students

by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis – Channing Tatum never thought of himself as intellectual – he struggled with ADHD and dyslexia in school. “I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And that made his teen years difficult. “Not having early […]

Dispelling myths about Down syndrome

by Michelle Sie Whitten – When my daughter was born with Down syndrome 11 years ago, I was told by my doctor that she probably wouldn’t live until 3 years old. Beyond that, I was terrified that she would be ostracized or abused by society. Through parenting my brilliant daughter, my fear turned into amazement […]

Recognizing dyslexia early is key to effective interventions

By Emma-Jayne Schenk – Dyslexia has been brought into the open in recent years, but there remains some misunderstanding and stigma, says the Australian Dyslexia Association. Dyslexia is different than just misspelling words and being slow at English – those with it have trouble hearing sounds within spoken words, meaning they can often be left […]

Exploring our culture’s options to manage ADHD

Exercise and counseling are two effective treatments.

by Dr. Gregory Ramey – Controversy regarding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder began with the first scientific description of this condition in 1902 by Sir George Still. He described the problem as a behavior “which cannot be accounted for by any fault of environment.” The view that ADHD is caused more by biology than environment has […]

We mistakenly assume children with autism will not achieve literacy

by Dr. Marion Blank – In recent years, there have been a number of inspiring reports on non-verbal (i.e., non-speaking) children with autism displaying masterful language via reading and writing. One of the most recent appeared this summer in the recounting of a non-verbal autistic teen who, with the assistance of technology, gave the graduation speech at […]

Special education spending is an investment

by Bruce Parker – Special education spending is headed higher again this year. But not to worry. Leaders of Vermont’s public schools say the money’s well spent. Amid calls for property tax and education reform, little attention is being paid to Vermont’s spending on special education. This school year, the Agency of Education projects it […]