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 […]

Dyslexia advocates stress the importance of early diagnosis

by Kristy MacKaben – In preschool Lucas Baronello of Antioch had difficulty learning the alphabet, even though his mother Angela faithfully read to him every day and tried to teach him. In kindergarten, Lucas dreaded going to school, and by first grade he complained of daily headaches and stomach pains. Lucas, 10, has dyslexia, but […]

Designer with Down syndrome launches clothing line

Clothing Designer, Ashley DeRamus

by Margot Peppers – A mother-daughter team have founded one of two new fashion lines designed specifically for people with Down syndrome. Due to her genetic disorder, Ashley DeRamus, 32, from Hoover, Alabama, is a petite 5ft tall, has shorter arms, a wider build, a short torso and high knees – characteristics that are typical […]

Author’s new novel features girl with autism

by Ashley Strickland – It’s been almost 15 years since “The Baby-Sitters Club” held its last meeting, when author Ann M. Martin decided it was time to move beyond Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Jessi and their friends from the popular book series. But Martin has continued to write about adolescent experiences, from first loves to […]

Awareness events support families and children with autism

by Erin McPherson – Autism is a developmental disorder that many people think is an intellectual issue, but that’s all wrong. It’s a genetic based syndrome that affects social interaction and behavior. Over the years there have been many improvements in helping all of those with this disorder and their family members. 5 News spoke […]

Children with ADHD just have a different way of learning

by Michael Henrich – A rising number of Hoosiers are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) every year and advocates dedicate the month of October to raising awareness about the issue. In the most recent statistics available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 15.7 percent of Hoosier children aged 4 to 17 have been […]

The magical world theory of autism

By Geoffrey Mohan – The brain is a biological machine that makes predictions. But what happens when a wrench is thrown in the works, and jams up the ability to foresee the trajectory of a moving object, or what happens after a frown? Researchers at MIT believe such a wrench lies at the core of […]

Getting diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult

Senator Eamonn Coghlan

by John Costello – Former running world champion turned senator, Eamonn Coghlan‘s athletic ability helped him survive both inside and outside of school. So, were you the life and soul of the party at school? I didn’t spend much time socializing in school because of training, unless there was a girl hanging around I fancied. […]

Securing friendships for my child with Down syndrome

by Amy Julia Becker – Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received a diagnosis of Down syndrome for our daughter Penny, and for a while I felt as though I had been […]

A TV series’ big contribution to autism awareness

NBC's Parenthood

by Emily Orley – In a series that has depicted teenage pregnancy, abortion, alcoholism, a breast cancer battle, and a young war veteran’s PTSD, one of the most emotional, and painful, scenes to watch on NBC’s critically acclaimed Parenthood came when Max Braverman (Max Burkholder) went on his first unsupervised school field trip in Season […]