Therapy that looks like all play and no work

by Kate Stringer – To the casual observer, speech pathologist Mary Heath’s job looks like all play and no work. But amongst the building blocks and play dough, Heath helps children find their voices. Heath, 40, works for the Douglas Education Service District Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education program, which helps over 300 infants, […]

COMMENTARY

Dyslexia fonts lack studies to support their effectiveness

by Deborah Kots – For the 5 to 10 percent of Americans who have dyslexia, reading can be a maddening experience of flipped, reversed, or unrecognizable letters. “It’s total frustration. You read a word and one letter is turned around so the whole thing doesn’t make sense,” said Christian Boer, who has dyslexia. “Your eyes […]

PARENTING

RESEARCH & TECH

Number of toddlers taking ADHD stimulants shocks doctors

by Josiah M. Hesse – Thousands of the nation’s poorest children under the age of four are being prescribed stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall for ailments they’re too young to even have. A first-ever Centers for Disease Control study estimates that under the Medicaid health care program, doctors have given some 10,000 American toddlers a […]

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EDUCATION

District to pilot intervention program for students with dyslexia

by John Best – The Pen Argyl Area School District could be one of six districts statewide to participate in the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently interviewed Pen Argyl Area School District officials as part of a process to find the most appropriate schools to test the […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Military families to receive improved autism coverage

More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better Tricare coverage of applied behavior analysis therapy and related services, which can improve a child’s development and quality of life. But a Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration that began a slow rollout in late October will still leave retirees and reserve component families facing heavy […]

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PERSONAL STORY

Fighter with Down Syndrome gets MMA fight

by Damon Martin – All Garrett Holeve wanted was a chance to fight. The 25-year old Florida native battled for more than two years for the chance to step inside a ring or cage and live his dream to compete in a mixed martial arts fight.  The thing that stopped Holeve from being sanctioned in […]