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The LD OnLine Report offers news about learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine and 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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LEGAL BRIEFS

Matt Cohen, Esq., answers legal questions from parents and professionals.  
http://www.ldonline.org/article.php?id=0&loc=9
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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
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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
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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
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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 
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