Four ways to mitigate ADHD behavior

by Michael Clatch – “If he would only listen!” This phrase has been spoken by more parents of children with ADHD than any other. Although all children have behavior issues that exasperate their parents, children with ADHD face significant impediments which continually make it difficult for their parents to cope with their behavior. Behavior issues […]

Understanding the brain process for math fact memorization

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. “Experience really does matter,” […]

New special ed school will reduce out-of district enrollment

by Sarah Hofius Hall – A new school in Scranton will give special education students opportunities the district could not previously provide. The Scranton School District opened its new school, Monticello, to the public on Tuesday. “I can see this really changing children’s lives,” said school Director Carol Oleski, the chairwoman of the board’s special […]

Personal dyslexia struggles drive tutoring center owner to help kids like her

The first book Laurel Sullivan ever read all on her own was the Green Mile by Stephen King. The second was Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio. It’s likely not surprising to those who know her, but key characters in both books were resilient and overcame challenges. Surprising to those that don’t know Sullivan is […]

Goverment mandates medicaid autism coverage

by Michelle Andrews – When Yuri Maldonado’s 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough. Medi-Cal, as California’s plan is called, does provide coverage of autism services for some children who are severely […]

Individuals with Down syndrome are key contributors to Alzheimer’s research

by Jon Hamilton – When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer’s drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome. “I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It’s called an MRI,” says Justin McCowan, […]

Public schools blame bureaucracy for federal fund reimbursement loss

by Juan Gonzalez – City public schools lost $356 million during the past three years in federal Medicaid payments for special education services because city and state officials failed to properly apply for reimbursement, the Daily News has learned. “Red tape and bureaucracy should not stand in the way of (the city) being reimbursed for […]

A century later: From “defect of moral character” to ADHD

By Timothy Denevi – We were running errands at a shopping center in Los Gatos, my mother, sister, and me—that night the San Francisco Giants were playing the Oakland A’s in the 1989 World Series, and friends and family would be coming over for dinner to watch the game—when I heard what sounded like someone […]

Service options become limited for young adults with autism turning 21

Travis Rohrer stocks eggs at the Giant supermarket in Leola.

by Jeff Hawkes – As clanging high in the church’s bell tower died away, Travis Rohrer, a husky 21-year-old with autism, prepared to record the Sunday service. In a Plexiglas-enclosed booth in the back of the church, Rohrer had control of geeky electronics and a view important to him: six twirling ceiling fans, four above […]

School district tries to sue another district under IDEA

by Joel Stashenko – A school district does not have a private right of action to sue another district under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal judge has determined. Northern District Judge Lawrence Kahn dismissed the attempt of the Brunswick Central School District in Rensselaer County to sue the Gill Montague […]