A monthly newsletter from www.LDOnLine.org The LD OnLine Report offers news about learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine and The LD OnLine Report are made possible in part by generous support from Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes®; and The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.
If you are an AOL user and you want to link directly to the Web addresses listed in this newsletter, please visit our web-based newsletter: http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=729&loc=29 To cancel your subscription, please follow the directions at the end of this newsletter. ___________________________________________________ IN THE NEWS Researchers at Rutgers have discovered new information about a protein in the brain that affects learning and memory. http://ur.rutgers.edu/medrel/viewArticle.html?ArticleID=3708 Questions and answers from research about at-risk children and literacy instruction. http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/features/lesaux12012003.html Some schools are offering programs that help students increase their reading skills by providing tutors and making reading fun for children. http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/7677809.htm A study conducted by the University of Maryland emphasizes the importance of testing the parents of children diagnosed with ADHD. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26254-2004Jan17.html Scripps Howard News and Ohio University conducted a poll in which 30% of those surveyed responded that they have a close family member with a diagnosed learning disability. Read about other results from this survey. http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=CHILDPOLL-12-16-03 ___________________________________________________ IN FOCUS: Summer Programs for Children with a Learning Disability or ADHD In many areas the ground is still covered with snow; coats, hats and gloves are daily attire, and summer seems far away. But this is the time of year to begin to think about summer programs for children, and begin to get information about the summer program that will be a good match for a child with a learning disability or ADHD. The possibilities of summer camps and programs are almost endless! Would your child like a sleep-away camp or day camp? Should you choose an educational or recreational camp? Would your child benefit from an academically focused camp or a camp that is focused on a special interest (art, music, technology, sports, etc.)? This month’s In Focus concentrates on summer programs for children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Read these tips about choosing a summer camp. http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/parenting/camp_tips.html What is an Extended School Year program and is it right for your child? http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/legal_legislative/extended_school_year.html If you are thinking about a sleep-away camp for your child, read this article. http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/summer/sleepaway_camp.html Visit LD Online’s Yellow Pages for listings of camps and summer programs for children with LD or ADHD. http://www.ldonline.org/yellowpages/findschool.php?mode=search ___________________________________________________ NEW ARTICLES ERIC Digest - Learning Strategies (1999) - A learning strategy is the way in which an individual uses their skills to learn something new. Some learning strategies include mnemonics, think-alouds, and reciprocal teaching. This article has research findings about the benefits of learning strategies and information for teachers about how to teach your students new learning strategies. http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=728&loc=27 ___________________________________________________ LD ONLINE YELLOW PAGES Each day LD OnLine receives requests for specialized help for students all around the world. When you advertise your services, parents can find you. Let the local schools know about your services, put flyers out in the local library, or better yet ... place an ad in the LD OnLine Yellow Pages. Let us help you find clients who will value your expertise. Here is how you can advertise with us. http://www.ldonline.org/yellowpages/index.php ___________________________________________________ FIRST PERSON Melissa Coleman, a medical assistant in Nicholasville, Kentucky, reflects on her daily struggles with a mathematical learning disability. Melissa reflects on her roller coaster ride through school with dyscalculia. http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=539&loc=11 ___________________________________________________ LINKING RESEARCH TO PRACTICE Many individuals with learning disabilities struggle with mathematics, from number sense to algebra. What is ‘Number Sense’ – and is it a necessary building block to successful mathematics skills? Read about the research that was conducted to learn more about teaching mathematics to individuals with learning disabilities. http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/math_skills/gersten_dyscalculia.html ___________________________________________________ KIDZONE Try these printable Valentine’s Day activities Valentines Day word search (easier) http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/word/word2.gif Valentines Day word search (harder) http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/word/word4.gif Valentines Day word puzzle http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/word/ladder1e.gif Valentine’s Day math secret code puzzle (addition) http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/print/mathadd1.gif Valentine’s Day math secret code puzzle (subtraction) http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/print/mathsub2.gif Valentines Day activity http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/print/placemat1-90.gif Here are some on-line games, and activities, and printable winter activity pages. http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/winter/print.html ___________________________________________________ ASK DR. SILVER Dr. Silver, former President of LDA and a psychiatrist in private practice, answers questions. http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=0&loc=4 ___________________________________________________ LEGAL BRIEFS Matt Cohen, Esq., answers legal questions from parents and professionals. http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=0&loc=9 ___________________________________________________ LINK Kids Camps summer camps and program web sites http://www.kidscamps.com/special_needs/learning_disab_add.html The National Camp association http://www.summercamp.org Camp Resource http://www.campresource.com ___________________________________________________ KIDZONE - BOOKS FOR KIDS It’s Valentine’s Day - Silly poems by Jack Prelusky - ISBN: 068814652X. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D068814652X/ldonlinelearningA/ngA/102-7040225-5473745 Valentine Mice – Four mice deliver Valentine’s in this silly, rhyming tale by Doug Cushman - ISBN: 061805152X. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D061805152X/ldonlinelearningA/ngA/102-7040225-5473745 One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell - This wonderful Valentine’s Day tale makes a great math-literature connection - ISBN: 0688073298. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0688073298/ldonlinelearningA/ngA/102-7040225-5473745 Visit our KidZone Bookstore at http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?max=20&id=0&loc=40 ___________________________________________________ BOOKS FOR ADULTS Be your child’s Best Advocate: 100 Strategies for Parents of Children with Learning or Behavioral Issues by Peggy Schmidt - Helpful, parent-friendly strategies for assessment, IEP meetings and family relationships - ISBN: 1401029957 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D1401029957/ldonlinelearningA/ngA/102-7040225-5473745 Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers 2002 - Petersons Publishing - ISBN: 0768905672 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0768905672/ldonlinelearningA/ngA/102-7040225-5473745 Visit our bookstore at http://www.ldonline.org/ld_store/LD-Store.html ________________________________________________ UPCOMING CONFERENCES "Making Parents Partners" - February 18, 2004 and "Teaching English Language Learners to Read" - March 17, 2004 - WETA's Reading Rockets project presents the 2003-2004 teleconference series, "Achieving Success in Reading." If you'd like to join us, please R.S.V.P. by email ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) or call Ann Martin at 703-998-2088. Location: 2775 S. Quincy Street Arlington, Virginia. http://www.readingrockets.org/teleconference/parents.php http://www.readingrockets.org/teleconference/ell.php Council for Exceptional Children Annual Special Education Convention and Expo, New Orleans, LA, February 13-17, 2004 http://www.cec.sped.org/ Annual Conference Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Anaheim, California, March 11-13, 2004. Annual Conference Learning Disabilities Association, Atlanta, Georgia, March 17, 2004 http://www.ldanatl.org/events/index.html Council for Learning Disabilities Spring Regional Conference, Minneapolis, MN, March 19-20, 2004. http://www.cldinternational.org/c/@Tyt3KSw6FS_Go/Pages/conference.html Special Education Law for Parents and Professionals: Understanding the Issues and Processes, Arnold, MD, April 30th and May 1st, 2004. http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/04.04.md.htm Learn more about events in your area. Visit our calendar for a listing of upcoming events around the nation at http://www.ldonline.org/ld_calendar/ld-calendar.php ___________________________________________________ HOW YOU CAN HELP LD ONLINE CONTINUE TO GROW Help us spread the word about LD OnLine! Here are two ways: 1 - We've provided an attractive flyer that you can download, print, and copy for distribution. 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