Schools should be initial support for the lifelong struggle with dyslexia

by Maureen Bragg – It was not so long ago that a left-handed student was forced to write with their right hand in the classroom. Some even tell of having their left hand tied to their sides, until a lightbulb went on somewhere and the school system stopped trying to force square pegs into round […]

Help kids with dyslexia by volunteering to create audio books

by Ashley Roten – Dyslexia is receiving more acknowledgement and awareness lately and is a growing problem for children and their ability to learn. Founded in 1948, national nonprofit Learning Ally aims to provide children with dyslexia with audiobooks to help with their learning battles. Learning Ally also provide parents, families and educators tools to […]

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 […]

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 […]

State report calls for special ed system overhaul

Washington’s special-education programs are in dire need of a major overhaul. Not only are students’ experiences in the classroom at stake, but also their ability to contribute to society and thrive as adults. A new state report on special-education programs found that more special-education students should graduate from high school, receive better instruction and leave […]

Try adding nature to your child’s ADHD treatment

by Nicole Oran – According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 statistics, 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, accounting for 6.4 million cases nationwide. Although a lot of cases are successfully treated with behavioral therapy and stimulant medication, not every patient is so fortunate. For some, […]

Mother shares daily life moments raising a child with autism

by Dominique Mosbergen – Just before his second birthday, Kimberly Maschi’s son, Jase, was diagnosed with autism. In that moment, as the doctor delivered the news, Maschi says she’d “never felt more alone.” “I honestly thought no one would ever understand this,” Maschi, 30, told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday. “Autism is not […]

Earlier and better detection explain the increase in autism rates

by Dr. George Schreiner – According to survey data released in 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year. Boys are almost five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ASD. The Diagnostic and Statistical […]

Accommodating employees with dyslexia

by Kate Everson – I have a lot of magazine and print designer friends, and the first thing they’ll tell you is that Comic Sans is the worst font ever created. Why this typeface is the subject of so much animosity is still a mystery to me, as the only time I’ve ever seen it […]