I realized my dyslexia included many advantages

by Lakeisha Leo – International speaker and dyslexia researcher Thomas West attended a seminar held as part of the Embrace Dyslexia campaign by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Dyslexia is a type of learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. YOU ARE DYSLEXIC. HOW DID YOUR PARENTS […]

Yes, students can be dyslexic AND intellectually gifted

Gifted and Dyslexic: Twice Exceptional

by Kelli Sandman-Hurley – I would like to introduce you to Jennifer. Jennifer is in the eighth grade and earning good grades—no, she is getting great grades. According to her teachers she is a nice, compliant, intelligent student who is just a little on the quiet side. Her ideas are complex and interesting and she […]

ADHD treatments, Q&A

by Aisha Sultan – Can you share the latest treatment options for children with ADHD? My son has been on Focalin for one year and has completed a social skills and emotional learning counseling. What else can we do to help him? Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann: There are many pharmaceutical treatments for ADHD, and it is […]

ADHD has both pros and cons

by Erin Brodwin – You’ve cleared the afternoon to write the speech for your best friend’s wedding. As soon as you sit down, your mind wanders to the street outside your window; the sound of the faucet dripping in the sink; the empty refrigerator. You were supposed to buy groceries. You get up and check […]

The most promising autism research project is launched

A research project by Google and Autism Speaks to sequence and study human genomes and seek a breakthrough for autism was officially launched today. News of the partnership between the tech giant and the science and advocacy organization was first announced in June. The project aims to break new ground in understanding or treatment of […]

Nonprofits can be a valuable resource for kids with disabilities and their families

by Alison Grant – Meghan Drops recalls the swirl of feelings that she experienced the day she walked across the stage at Lakewood High School and collected her diploma. “I was crying, happy crying,” the 26-year-old said last week. “I was so excited to graduate.” Not that reaching goals that other kids have was out […]

Group tests charter’s openness to learners with special needs

by Arianna Prothero  – Fielding phone calls from parents asking about enrollment is part of everyday business for schools, but for some charter schools, the person on the other end of the line may only be posing as a parent. Modeled after “mystery shopper” or “secret shopper” services used in retail, authorizers in the District of […]

Mother’s advocacy efforts support students with autism

by James D. Watts Jr. – Many visitors to the home of Keenan and Kim Grayson are greeted by their highly energetic and enthusiastically vocal 10-year-old son, Asher. Like many young people his age, Asher has his favorite TV shows – ones that have been recorded and that he flips through by swiping the tablet […]