IDENTIFYING LDs. Education Week noted recently that the use of RTI is spurring interest in how exactly to identify learning disabilities. The publication reports that the National Center for Learning Disabilities has issued new guidelines telling how it feels students with LDs should be identified, recommending a multi-pronged approach including assessment tools, observation, and screening out problems with vision, hearing, etc. Find the Education Week article. Or, go to the NCLD site.
SPD? OR SOMETHING ELSE? Reuters reports on new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics which suggest that doctors be careful not to miss another underlying condition when diagnosing or treating children who appear over-sensitive to stimuli. The article notes that children with AD/HD, Asperger's, or anxiety may have symptoms similar to those of sensory processing disorder. Find the article.
EXCLUDING 2e KIDS. A California attorney has blogged about a case where a magnet school did not have to admit a presumably otherwise gifted student because the student's writing abilities fell below the threshold required of all applicants. It begs the question, what if that magnet school is the best one available to nurture the student's strengths? Find the blog.
AUTISM DIAGNOSES: 5 AND OLDER. HealthDay reports on findings by the National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control on the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The findings include the fact that over half of diagnoses occur when the child is five year of age or older; and that over half of kids with ASD get at least one psychotropic medicine. Find the article.
DITD eNEWS-UPDATE. The May edition of this newsletter from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is out. It features news from gifted education, from Davidson, about legislation, and about web resources. Find the newsletter.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Diane Tran is an 11th grade honor student at Willis High School in Houston, Texas, who was placed in jail after repeated truancy. She apparently works a full time job plus a part-time job while taking advancement and dual credit college level courses in high school. A Texas judge ordered Ms. Tran to pay a $100 fine and spend 24 hours in jail as a lesson. In response, the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance established a campaign to raise funds to help Tran. According to a press release, the website www.HelpDianeTran.com and Facebook page www.Facebook.com/HelpDianeTran have greatly increased awareness to the plight of Ms. Tran and raised more than $50,000 to help her and her family. The president of the Louisiana organization said, "Our hearts broke when we read Diane's story. It's bad enough that she's the victim of the failing public education system, but for the judicial system to attempt to use her as 'an example' to others is reprehensible." Google "Diane Tran" for more information, opinion, and outrage.