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Learning Disabilities

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has Super Stellar Reply To Girl's Question About Learning Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

Neil deGrasse Tyson has already taught us all about the cosmos and outer space. But his response to this question is what’s really out of this world...

Who Do You Trust on REAL Reform: The Chemical Industry or 450 Environmental and Public Health Orgs?

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Rizzo

Consumer demand for safer products has led Congress into a heated debate about how to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That debate has reached a critical juncture.

Intelligence and Learning Disorders Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Kelseigh Ingram | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Kelseigh Ingram

I ended up texting my mom to tell her that I was giving up for the night and that I felt like a failure. She then responded with this: "You are not a failure. Just because it doesn't come easy for you doesn't define you. We all have our weak areas."

Do This When Your Child Lies About School

Liz Frank | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Liz Frank

As he leaned in sheepishly, his steely blue eyes gleamed with a fascinating mix of fear, shame, and a dash of hope. "Please don't tell my mom." He was referring to his big confession: four overdue math assignments that piled quickly.

Failure to Launch Syndrome: What You Need to Know to Help Your Dependent Adult Child

Michael Ascher, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Ascher, M.D.

Persistence, the development of resiliency, introspection and self-understanding, and appropriate family support are the key to moving an adolescent into true adulthood.

5 Ways You Are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (And What To Do About It)

Liz Frank | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.

3 Easy Steps to Shift a Student From Struggle to Success

Liz Frank | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

The motivation was fear induced and devoid of a plan. I wasn't learning for the sake of learning. I was learning so my mom wouldn't yell. Not exactly fostering natural curiosity.

4 Common Dyslexia Myths Debunked Using Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Although scientists now understand dyslexia better than ever before, it is still a condition shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. Structural and functional neuroimaging have contributed to a modern understanding of phonological processing deficits in dyslexia and their possible causes.

A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem

David Flink | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
David Flink

We need to transition from placing all the weight on our kids' shoulders to the understanding that learning is transactional -- it happens between the child and the environment.

Download Information About Stress Through Poetry, Painting and Innovation?

Dorote Lucci | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dorote Lucci

"The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything." -- Bill Murray The experiment of experiencing information in a blog The process of str...

Why We Should Stop Worrying if Other People Like Our Kids

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Lisa Abeyta

It is not our job to make our kids likable by conforming to others' expectations but to help them blossom within their own uniqueness. Think about that.

3 Things You Should Know About Learning Disabilities

Karem Ensley | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Karem Ensley

Many people associate learning disabilities with low intelligence, laziness, lack of success, and not being able to learn. Sadly, the people who make these associations include the very children and adults that have been diagnosed with a learning disability.

Eye-Opening Ads Show What It's Like For Kids With Learning And Attention Issues

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents

According to the National Center For Learning Disabilities, one in five kids have learning and attention issues. These two PSAs give parents a gl...

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of depression. I've had bouts, but with my practice I could always get out of it.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Meet An Inspiring Former Special Olympics Athlete From 'The Specials'

OWN | Posted 09.05.2014 | OWN

Megan, Sam, Hilly, Lucy, and Lewis are five childhood friends with intellectual disabilities who live together in Brighton, UK. The ups and downs they...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay!

Collin Diedrich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Science
Collin Diedrich

Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, clinician or business woman.

Reading -- A Matter of Health

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Bill Couzens

Reading is not only critical for getting food on the table, but also for understanding what food makes a difference in impacting health.

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

Learning Differences in College: When Students Seek Help and When They Don't

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Amanda Golden

By the time students reach college, they are familiar with the kinds of challenges that their own learning differences present for their ways of study. Rather than trying to get special assistance, many students prefer to "just deal with it" on their own.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

Big Girls Don't Cry

Nikki Luongo | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

We all have that ambition to be remembered for something great, and when you're learning-disabled, it's even harder because you're constantly fighting the system to pull yourself out of this label that because your disabled you aren't able to do anything.

Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

Kyle Redford | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

Last week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a predictor of college success was released. My hope is that the findings will launch a long-overdue cultural conversation about the "gatekeeper" role these tests play in the college admissions process.

A Present for Colin

Nikki Luongo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It doesn't matter if you're the most popular kid in school or the A/V nerd, but what happens when someone who's trying desperately to make friends can't because of a disability? People don't understand what they can't see and because of it kids like a boy named Colin from Michigan suffer.