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Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia

What are some of the best accommodations for students with Dyslexia? First, it is important to understand that an accommodation is just a way to level the playing field for a student with a Dyslexia. Accommodations do not CHANGE the curriculum at all, they just change the way it is delivered. Below are some examples […]

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Learning Differences and ADHD in School Aged Children

Academic difficulties can become especially pronounced during the adolescent years. This is when schoolwork begins to become more challenging and demanding, preparing students for more complex high school coursework and eventually, college- and university-level classes. Sometimes, young people have minimal academic struggles throughout their elementary school years, but then face difficulties in adolescence when academic […]

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Adult Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that is characterized by struggles with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. The reading difficulties experienced by an individual with dyslexia are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Individuals identified as having dyslexia typically […]

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ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders no longer includes the diagnosis of ADD. Instead, it includes all disorders of attention as ADHD and then qualifies them as one of the following: Primarily Inattentive Primarily Hyperactive Combined Type (both inattentive and hyperactive) Individual who are primarily hyperactive are typically easy […]

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Melissa Steele M.S.Ed

Melissa graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Science. She began teaching high school math and quickly found her passion teaching students with special needs. This led to her being a Special Education case manager. Melissa earned her Master’s degree in Special Education and her Diagnostician Certification from The University of […]

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Emotional Distress Syndrome and ADHD

So many of the kids and adults we see with ADHD experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and inadequacy.  This is due to repeated failures that they experience while living with ADHD. Day after day individuals with ADHD are faced with ways that they have not been able to measure up or get the job done […]

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ADHD – Misdiagnosed

ADHD is defined as a chronic condition that consists of a combination of persistent problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  A typical evaluation for ADHD includes a questionnaire for the teacher and a questionnaire for the parents. The questions are centered around observations of sustained attention, hyperactive behavior, and impulsivity.  Checking enough […]

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