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,” […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

PARENTING

Danielle Pellizzeri

Teen with ADHD brings music to indigent children through her nonprofit

by Rob Kuznia – It is often said that getting good grades will open doors. But for 18-year-old Danielle Pellizzeri of Rolling Hills Estates, the key was a ukulele. And, in a sense, another key has been her difficulty getting through school. Diagnosed with ADHD and plagued by depression, Pellizzeri was so down and out […]

RESEARCH & TECH

Animal therapy is a good supplement to autism treatment

by Lane Therrell – Children with autism may benefit from spending time with animals, whether the animals are part of a formalized animal therapy program, farm animals or family pets. The presence of an animal can help a child to focus, and provides an opportunity for interaction that is soothing to the perpetually over-stimulated synapses […]

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EDUCATION

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 […]

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LAW & POLITICS

State strives to provide strong special ed services as its student population rises

by Bruce Parker – Vermont’s student population has declined sharply in recent years, but the number of special education students receiving individualized instruction has remained high, and appears to be on the rise — at a cost of $20,000 per-pupil. “The numbers have stayed pretty constant for the past five or six years. We’ve gone […]

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PERSONAL STORY

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 […]