Learning Disabilities

Bullying and Children with Special Needs

Bullying is a serious problem affecting many children and teens, but it is not likely that most children, especially those with special needs, will walk up to their parents and tell them, “I’m being bullied.” Bullying can involve name-calling, exclusion, or violence and should be identified and addressed as soon as possible. The ability to pinpoint the signs of bullying and take preventative measures against future incidents can make all the difference in the life and academic progress of a child with special needs.

Conference Watch: International Dyslexia Association Reading and Learning Conference in Chicago, November 9-12

Every year, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) holds a four-day conference to bring people together and to spread knowledge about dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The conference, which is one of the largest conferences in the country and held in a different city each year, has been held for 62 years and gives parents, educators, individuals with learning difficulties, and all avid supporters of the IDA, an opportunity to come together and learn from one other.

9 Good Old Books on Learning Disability, ADHD and Dyslexia: 2 in a Series

Everyone has their favorite sources of information, and often that means a favorite book. New books are continually coming out. Sometimes new ideas come along. Sometimes they really change the game. Often, they don't.

The Right to Read

"The sadness experienced in school stays with you forever. Early wounds may heal, but the scars are a constant reminder of a painful experience with the traditional method of learning."

So says Joan Esposito, president and founder of Santa Barbara's Dyslexia Awareness & Resource Center. Joan and her husband, Leslie Esposito, started the non-profit group at 928 Carpinteria Street in 1990.

Children Coping with Learning Disabilities: Recognizing and Getting Help For Your Child with a Learning Disability or Speech Disorder

Children, unfortunately, do not come with a manual that tells us exactly how they will evolve as they grow up. Most of this process is extremely personal. Sometimes families appear to have a predisposition for areas of excellence. Children of physicists tend to be good in math. Children of artists tend to have excellent right hemisphere skills.

So how can we assess when someone is having a problem?

Agency Spotlight: Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center (DARC)

[Editor's Note: When I returned to Santa Barbara for good in 1990, I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Joan Esposito and her remarkable organization.  Although Ms. Esposito is a past president of LDA-CA (California's state-level Learning Disabilities Association), DARC is what would be called a local agency.

Short Takes on the Disabilities: What Students Must Know If They Have Dyslexia or ADD To Get The Help They Need

A person is not dyslexia and is not attention deficit disorder. We can have dyslexia or ADD, just as you may have blue eyes or brown hair or asthma.

Short Takes on the Disabilities: What Profess


The term learning disability describes a neurobiological disorder in which a person's brain works or is structured differently. These differences interfere with a person's ability to think and remember. Learning disabilities can affect a person's ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, reason, recall, organize information, and do mathematics.

Chiropractic Treatment and Special Needs

The child who is labeled as having ADHD, Aspergers, autism, dyslexia and other learning difficulties will generally present with an imbalance of hemispheric function called a "functional disconnection syndrome." Usually, diminished sensory input to one side of the brain begins as retained primitive (neonatal, survival or postural) reflexes.

Learning Disabilties and the Juvenile Justice System: Some Food for Thought

Imagine what it must be like for a young person with learning disabilities to be apprehended and questioned by the police.