Archive for the 'Social Issues and Ideas' Category

This article, from Slate, Comfort Food, hit home. Larry Lake describes the difficulty many people have with knowing how to be supportive when someone they know has a mental illness, or has a child with a mental illness. People have learned to respond supportively when there’s a physical illness, but not nearly so well to [...]

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I want to weigh in on the on-going and often heated debate on effective treatments for dyslexia and related learning differences. There is a kind of intellectual territorialism within the field of experts who diagnose and treat, as well as parents and others with a vested interest. This territorialism that I refer to sometimes borders [...]

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This disturbing article in today’s NY Times, describes a trend (?) by some doctors who are reportedly prescribing ADHD medications for kids who clearly do not suffer from AD/HD. Sometimes doctors are apparently prescribing meds knowing that the patient-child does not in fact have ADHD, and some of the times it is the parents who [...]

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(Image credit: Jason DeCrow) I saw this great news segment on ABC the other night about this then-young-man, who fled warn-torn Yugoslavia for America, and who now at the age of 52, earned his degree from Columbia University. Be sure to watch the video on the linked article. It’s an amazing story of focus and [...]

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Despite the compelling and alarming statistics on the impact Learning Disabilities (LD) has on the mental health of our youth, there remains a great need to better understand the relationships between language-based LDs, Autism Spectrum, and depression, substance abuse, and defiance, and low self-esteem. While some in the therapeutic community know that upwards of 60% [...]

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I’ve felt for years that teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism really need help understanding and negotiating romantic and sexual relationships. Moving from Social Skills or even Social Thinking curriculums (there’s a difference) to dating, sex, love and adult relationships is no easy task when your primary difficulties are [...]

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Too often we as educators and parents, get hyper-focused on the things our/your kids can’t do or struggle with. Even with the best of intentions, adults lose perspective. We run the risk of trying so hard, too hard, to squeeze children with learning disabilities into the mold of what we want for our kids in [...]

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There’s plenty of posts and testimonials about Steve Jobs, as there should be. I wanted to say here how much he truly did for the worldwide community of people with various disabilities and learning differences. Apple’s ease of use and its features that help all of us, but particularly help people with disabilities was never [...]

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I get angry when I read headlines that either intentionally mislead and inflame people about anything, and in this case dyslexia, or do so out of some form of laziness. There’s been a recent study released that should lead to more kids getting more resources and services and hope. Unfortunately there are some headlines that [...]

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Yesterday I spoke with LA Talk Radio host Lon Woodbury on his show, “Parent Choices For Struggling Teens.” The show was called “Learning Disabilities or Therapy: You Shouldn’t Have to Choose”. Speaking to the integration of best practices between Learning Disabilities and Therapeutic Intervention, I’m advocating for all the kids in treatment centers, therapeutic boarding [...]

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I’ve heard great things about Harvey Hubbell’s upcoming movie and am looking forward to seeing it. I always wonder however, how anyone knows whether or not Einstein was really dyslexic. I wish folks would rely on people they are sure have learning disabilities when naming “role models” with dyslexia There’s plenty of them. Here, the [...]

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