Special ed students learn life skills through entrepreneurship program

by Wendy Sledd – Kyliegh Courtland gently laid the green ribbon down on the glass, ensuring it was straight in all of the corners. The 17-year-old sophomore closed a screen over the ribbon, picked up a brush full of blue paint, and swiped it across the screen. She lifted the screen to inspect her work. […]

Summer camp founded for children with hearing aids and cochlear implants

by Pamela Ruben – Dana Selznick has been listening to the needs of deaf and hearing impaired children since she was just a kid herself at Lake Mary High School (LMHS class of ’05). Selznick befriended a deaf teen during her freshman year, and advocating on her behalf became second nature throughout her high school […]

Ballet gives children with Down syndrome another way to express themselves

by Gillian Mohney – About 30 students get ready for dance class every Sunday at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California. But, technically, the studio isn’t open for its usual classes. Instead the doors are open for the students of the Free 2 Be Me dance troupe. Started by Colleen Perry, the […]

The most common learning disability

by Erinn Hutkin – It’s the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It’s dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it […]

Student supports legislation for early dyslexia 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 […]

Weak phonemic awareness skills are main cause of dyslexia

Dyslexia remains one of the most misunderstood learning disabilities – despite being a common diagnosis. “Contrary to some stereotypes, dyslexia is not simply reading words backwards, nor is it a marker for intelligence or determination,” Kim Bellini, owner of The Woodlands LearningRx, explained. Dyslexia simply means “poor with words” or “trouble with reading,” Bellini said. […]

Program improves student motivation with real-time behavior

by Joseph Theriault – In special education, as in general education, the most effective way to deal with difficult behavior is to prevent it. In a well-managed classroom where teacher expectations are clear and positive behavior is reinforced, effective teaching and learning can thrive. In a disorderly classroom, however, teachers struggle to teach and students […]

Kids with dyslexia visit state Capitol to raise awareness

by Meghan Morelli – Governor Rick Snyder has declared October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month.  To help kick the month off, families from all over the state, including northern Michigan headed to the Capitol to spread awareness about the language-based learning disability on Wednesday. According to leaders from Decoding Dyslexia Michigan, one out of five people suffer from a form […]

Special ed students without a diploma may be entitled to additional services

by Jade Storms – Nearly two thousand special education students may have another shot at getting their education. A Federal appeals court found the Department of Education broke federal law by forcing out special education students who didn’t receive a diploma by age 20. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students are allowed to […]

Special needs students did not get state testing accommodations during field test

by Matthew Bowler – Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards. Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated […]