Is ADHD a Learning Disability?
Editorial: the Dyslexic, ADD/ADHD Attorney

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ISSN: 1538-320

December 7, 2010

Does your child's ADHD adversely affect his educational performance?

Kids who have ADHD often have learning disabilities that affect other areas - math, writing skills, etc.

If your child has ADD/ADHD he may be eligible for special education services under several existing categories - including LD, OHI, ED.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find answers to your questions about services and accommodations for a child with ADHD, a special award for kids with ADHD/LD...and an editorial comment from Pete Wright.

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Pete Wright - the Dyslexic, ADD/ADHD Attorney

Editorial: When "People First" Narrows Your Focus

We get thousands of questions from readers. Here's a question in response to our newsletter on the 35th Anniversary of IDEA. Pete answers the question about "people first language" and sets the record straight.

I was surprised at the language you used regarding the name of the ACT. If we do not use 'People First Language' how can we expect others to? Could you not have shown the name of the ACT as Individual Education for Children with Disabilities even though the official name of the Act is different?

Pete answers: You must be kidding me? We use "people first" language when we can, but we are not going to misinform or mislead our readers by...Read the rest of Pete's answer.


ADD/ADHD Can Result in Significant Learning Problems

Do you have a child diagnosed with ADHD, yet the school says it is not a learning disability?

Read this article that includes the OSEP/OCR Joint Policy Memo on children with ADD/ADHD. Is ADHD a Learning Disability? I've Been Told "No, it's Not".

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Youth Achievement Award for Young People with ADHD and LD

It's time for the 2011 Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Youth Achievement Award. This $1,000 award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Download an application.

Meet the winner of the 2010 Youth Achievement Award, 16-year-old Melissa Rey of Chesterfield, MO. When Melissa accepted her award, she told the audience, “When I succeeded in learning how to read, I discovered my secret weapon.”


Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention

Check out the newly revised third edition of this short paperback book created to be read by parents to children ages 6 through 11 who have ADHD.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD by Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Dixon.

Includes information for kids who need to understand ADHD better, and need age-appropriate tips for:

  • Remembering stuff
  • Getting ready in the morning
  • Staying focused
  • Asking for help

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