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The Answer Sheet Archive: Learning Disabilities

Why so many bright kids fail to launch in college

Nationwide, there is a large and growing group of bright kids whose brains aren’t wired right for a demanding college routine. The strategies and supports that worked in high school when they were living at home are not adequate to the new demands that college places on the executive functions of the brain.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Higher Education, Learning Disabilities  | Tags:  SAT scores, add, adhd, college dropouts, college freshmen, college graduation, college work, executive functioning, graduation rates, high school, higher education, landmark college, learning disabilities  
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Willingham: Is a paradigm shift really needed?

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham critiques a popular video that insists that we "do not simply need to fix or improve our schools but to completely rethink how they operate."

By Valerie Strauss  | October 25, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Learning, Learning Disabilities  | Tags:  cognitive science, daniel willingham, reformation, renaissance, rousseau, school reform, sir ken robinson  
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Poll: Americans misunderstand learning disabilities

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans have severe misperceptions of learning disabilities, the causes and even the definition. This can affect when children are diagnosed and given help that they need.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Learning Disabilities, Research  | Tags:  autism, learning disabilities, mental retardation, research, roper  
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Understanding ADHD -- Willingham

Yes, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very real disorder, and cognitive scientist explains what parents and teachers should know about the condition.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 21, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Learning Disabilities  | Tags:  add, add medication, adhd, adhd and school, adhd and symptoms, adhd medication, all about adhd, all about attention deficit disorder, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, children and adhd and dignosis, daniel willingham, diagnosing adhd, is adhd real?, kids with adhd, symptoms of adhd, treatment for adhd, understanding adhd  
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Special ed arts teacher walks in students' shoes

Pamela Michaels worked for 28 years in four schools with at-risk special education students in the arts. She developed two art programs in schools for students with learning disabilities and taught numerous subjects. After years working with learning disabled students, Michaels suffered her own disability--severe hearing loss--that helped her gain a new understanding of the challenges her students had faced throughout the years. Here is her story.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Learning Disabilities  | Tags:  learning disabilities  
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Does this sound fair?

The National Board of Medical Examiners denied a request by medical student Frederick Romberg to have extra time to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Romberg is a 41-year-old student at Yale Medical School who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. He is appealing the decision. Here is what Romberg told the board, and what the board told him. How would you decide the case? ... It wasn't until he was an adult that he finally learned what was causing his academic difficulties. A professor asked him why he was taking so much longer than anyone else to finish a 10-question quiz.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Learning Disabilities  | Tags:  learning disabilities, test accommodations  
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