Archive for the 'Learning Disabilities and Mental Health' Category

In a landmark case, a US Court of Appeals backed a Colorado family’s right to place their teenaged child in a residential facility and their Colorado school district’s responsibility to pay for it, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Appeals Court Backs Parents in Special Education Placement “This court… that a school district [...]

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Over the years, an increasing amount of attention has been given to celebrities and successful people in general who happen to have dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities. This is a good thing. I do it myself. So do other excellent sites such as the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity. Young (and older) people who [...]

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Wilderness or Adventure Therapy can be a life-changing process that helps redirect teens or young adults who are struggling with self-harming behaviors, drugs or are just seriously lost in direction. Adolescents with learning disabilities, dyslexia or other types, are at risk for emotional turbulence. Their fundraiser is Thursday, Oct 25 8:00a to 9:30a at Crowne [...]

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Last week, I spent three days in Boulder Colorado, speaking at and particpating in The Wilderness Therapy Symposium. I also spent time visiting and getting to know a few “Young Adult Transition Programs” in the greater Boulder/Denver area. Firstly, I wanted to acknowledge how grateful I am to be a part of the community of [...]

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IndyCar racer Justin Wilson has been working with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to help raise awareness about this learning difference. Wilson, who grew up in England knows firsthand the challenges of growing up with splintered academic skills and difficulty reading and spelling. “It beats you down and knocks the confidence out of you; you [...]

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The other day I wrote about how positive it can be (The Beautiful Impact a Dyslexia Diagnosis Can Have) when someone finds out there is a name and a reason for their unexpected struggle with reading and spelling. I described the relief some people can find when, though an educational evaluation, they get a good [...]

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Today, I was part of the beautiful impact a diagnosis of dyslexia can have for a young teenage girl. It doesn’t always work out this well. But today it did. Going into high school next year, this teenage girl’s parents sought my help in pouring through a big pile of school documents, language evaluations, IEPs [...]

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Fascinating article in the NY Times about the DSM, the diagnostic manual used to identify all sorts of mental and learning disorders. The author is Dr. Allen Frances, a former chairman of the psychiatry department at Duke University School of Medicine, and the one who led the task force that produced D.S.M.-4. Dr. Allen fully [...]

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It always startles me to see the persistence of misunderstanding about people with learning disabilities. One in five of the American students identified as having a learning disability will walk away from their education. That’s compared to a dropout rate of 8 percent in the general population. Being understood and accepted is among the most [...]

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According to a PATS investigation of drug use, surveying over 6,000 high school students, 73% listed “school stress” as the number one reason they started using drugs. What’s the number one school-related stress? In-class and grade performance. What’s one of the leading causes of underperformance in school? Learning Disabilities. What’s the most common learning disability? [...]

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I’ve been writing a speaking around the country on the connection between LD and mental health issues. With upwards of 60% of kids in treatment centers having learning disabilities, the consequences are devastating. While it’s great for kids to have positive role models and public awareness is brightened by our attention on celebrities who’ve “overcome” [...]

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