Our education system does not support students with dyslexia

by David Cox – I have this issue with how I hear words, Gareth, a 31-year-old graphic designer, tells me. “So for example, while I was growing up, it was really hard to tell the difference between the words ‘girl’ and ‘grill’ because the ‘ir’ and the ‘l’ kind of overlapped in time unless you […]

COMMENTARY

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. […]

PARENTING

Teenager with dyslexia joins efforts to pass legislation for 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 […]

RESEARCH & TECH

Researchers find slower brain connectivity in subjects with ADHD

by Rachel Lutz – Slower brain connectivity developments may be the root of ADHD, according to a study from the University of Michigan.   The brains of children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are slower to develop some key connections, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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EDUCATION

Cognitive assessment test can help diagnose learning disabilities

by Michael Hart – New improvements to a cognitive assessment tool will allow school and clinical psychologists more access to test content and additional information about a student’s learning processes specific to learning disabilities. Pearson has introduced the fifth version of its Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), which gathers information about a child’s learning […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Senator shares parent concerns about cuts to autism coverage

by Bruce Parker – A Senate Democrat is coming to the rescue of military families who could lose medical help for their autistic children. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he is “concerned” by controversial changes to the military’s healthcare plan that could leave hundreds of autistic children without a healthcare provider. In a letter to […]

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PERSONAL STORY

We started advocating for our son with Down syndrome minutes after his birth

by Sam Perkins – Pearlene Varjabedian was in her kitchen on an early August afternoon when her phone rang. On the other end was John Howard, the behavior management specialist for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), where Pearlene’s 10-year-old son Aram was a camper. “He said, ‘Pearlene,’ your son made everyone cry […]