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 […]

Five advantages of inclusive education for students with learning disabilities

Inclusive education is a term used to describe the type of education in which special students or students with a learning disability are encouraged to attend general education classes instead of being enrolled in a special day class. Although inclusive education can be a little controversial for parents, there are numerous advantages to this method of schooling. […]

Defining learning disabilities

By  Michael Ginsberg Have you ever wondered how your child can be so funny, creative, and smart, but still struggle with school? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents run the gamut of emotions when helping their child through three hours of homework. Is the school giving them too much? Is their child just disorganized? […]

Is it a learning disability, or a vision problem?

For Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, this October, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is bringing attention to the fact that vision problems can often masquerade as learning disabilities. “When a vision problem is at the root of a child’s struggles with learning, it is often very correctable,” shares Ida Chung, OD, FCOVD, President of COVD; […]

Kids with learning disabilities do not struggle for lack of effort

by Rifka Schonfeld – She has trouble reading. He can’t write in a straight line. She doesn’t focus unless she can see the person speaking to her. He can’t remember something if it’s not written down. She can’t add. He can’t follow directions. All of the above describe symptoms of children who suffer from language-based […]

Understanding learning disability basics

by Nilooka Dissanayake – Today let’s talk about learning disabilities. The first person that comes to my mind when thinking of learning disabilities is Richard Branson of Virgin Group, with over 400 companies. “I left school when I was 16 years old,” says Branson, “Partly because of my dyslexia, I couldn’t always follow what was […]

Coping with a son’s mental illness

by Jessica Firger and Eliene Augenbraun – It was Dec. 14, 2012, and Liza Long headed to work at Carrington College-Boise. It was just another Friday morning until Long, the mother of four children, logged on to Facebook, where news of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was just beginning […]

Intellectual versus learning disability


by Dr. Lorin Bradbury – Question: Is Intellectual Disability a Learning Disability? And if it’s not a Learning Disability, what is the difference? Great question! Intellectual Disability, until recently was called Mental Retardation, and it is not a Learning Disability. Intellectual Disability is a neurodevelopmental disorder and in which there is subaverage intellectual functioning that […]

When you’re dealing with a disability you need to be ahead of the game

When Denise Rose thinks about her son, Andrew, graduating in two more years she gets very emotional. “I expect it to be one of my proudest moments as well as one of my most nerve-wracking.” That’s because Andrew, who is autistic, currently receives most of his therapies and resources through the Saugerties Central School District. […]

How double-abled kids are falling through the cracks

GTLD Characteristics

by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. – The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that “students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students.” […]