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Learning Disabilities

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

Amanda Golden | Posted 04.13.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

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

Big Girls Don't Cry

Nikki Luongo | Posted 03.05.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

Daniel Koffler Fuses Old Practices With New Technology, and Offers 5 Key Tips for Students Struggling With Learning Disabilities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Daniel and his team are experts in assisting students with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

The Teacher Who Saved Me, From Erin Brockovich (VIDEO)

Posted 11.25.2013 | MarloThomas

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich joined me on Mondays with Marlo to share some of her insight on bullying and learning disabilities. As a kid, Er...

Joy to the World

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

Some may say the heavenly visitors appeared at the exact time of TJ's passing by Divine appointment. What better way to help ease his little sisters' pain then by letting them know their brother and his friend were in heaven?

Breaking Dishes: A Lifetime With a Lesser-known Disability

Julia Musto | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Julia Musto

It's hard to show others who you truly are, and to have them see your life through your eyes. Some people won't understand, and cannot hope to. It's not like I have ADD or another well-known learning disability.

The 6-Letter Word Parents Need To Stop Using

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.05.2014 | Parents

This poem was written for my son....

Talking it Out

Cory Zacker | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Cory Zacker

Let's face it, raising children is a hard job. It's wonderful, fulfilling and life affirming, but it's also hard. For some that's a dirty little secret. For me, not so much.

Dyslexia: Our Children Deserve an Honest Chance!

Merel Bakker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Merel Bakker

Reading, writing, happiness and self-confidence are all fundamental rights and skills that can be learned. We just have to understand how and make them accessible to those who need our help!

Stunning Dollhouses Built For Children With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

These aren't your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to de...

It's Called Dyslexia

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

A diagnosis of dyslexia is not the end of the world. In fact it can be the beginning of a beautiful journey because as you learn to deal with the obstacles, you also discover the gifts that a dyslexic brain has that open doors to an amazing future.

How to Avoid Battles Over Homework

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

More often than not, battles over homework lead to vicious cycles of nagging by parents and avoidance or refusal by children, with no improvement in a child's school performance -- and certainly no progress toward what should be our ultimate goals.

Why Education Needs More Radioactive Spiders

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Scott Barry Kaufman

I wonder how many children we write off as "slow" when all it would take is a figurative radioactive spider bite to show what they are really capable of. I also wonder how many high-ability children fall between the cracks because of messages they receive from teachers that indicate that high ability is all they need.

People with Disabilities as Social Outcasts: Shifting the Perspective from Victim to Advocate

Helen Okobokekeimei | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Helen Okobokekeimei

My parents could not respect and accept me because I was different. They are still in denial that I have a learning disability.

Book Review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 09.28.2013 | Books
Alvaro Fernandez

Just a couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that "brain fitness" is a me...

A New Home: Accepting Ourselves and Others

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents
Sylvia Forrest

Finding the right atmosphere for both of our children has been an exciting and gratifying process. Along the way, we have always reassured them that they are wonderful just as they are, and that one day they would come to see themselves as we see them: Perfect in their imperfections.

Summer, Siblings, and Coping With Disability

Varda Epstein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Varda Epstein

Summer vacation is just around the bend. But for parents of children with learning and other disabilities, the term is relative. One parent's summer vacation may be another parent's busiest time of the year -- or even a nightmare come to life.

Why More Parents Should Consider A Mindfulness Practice

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 08.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

When my daughter is having a frustrated moment, it allows me the bandwidth to step out of my own frustration, to calm it, and to be with her in a connected, balanced way. Basically, it helps me to not get caught up in the drama and to focus on that strong part within myself.

My Son Seems So Uncomfortable in His Own Skin

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I can't count the number of children and teens I've worked with who genuinely believed they were stupid, despite being brilliant at something outside of a school setting.

6 Things You Should Do When You Want To Fire Your Teacher

Kyle Redford | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Kyle Redford

Next time you find yourself strategizing about how to fire your child's flawed teacher, consider exploring ways to strengthen the partnership between home and school instead. Your child will be much better served.

The Global Search for Education: Campus Talk

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Campus" is a professional seminar for all New York City public school teachers that will be held this Saturday, May 4th, with the aim of allowing experts on a diverse range of topics to share perspectives with educators on recent developments in their spheres.