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Early Intervention the Key to Success: A Mother’s Story

I had to chuckle when I received my son’s daily progress report a few years back. The PE teacher wrote, “Excellent Athlete”. Although that may not seem significant to most, it was a reminder of what the pediatrician told me 16 years ago when my son was 8 months old. He had diagnosed Brad with hypotonia, low upper body muscle tone. When I asked the doctor what does that mean long term, he said, “Well, he may not be able to walk and probably won’t be an Olympian!” If I had stopped there and given in to that prediction Brad… Read More »

Early Childhood Intervention Makes a Difference

Parents are their child’s first teachers. Understanding what their child must have to grow, learn and thrive can be a tremendous learning process for every parent.  Much is known about how a young child learns and how their brains develop.  We also know that emotional, behavioral, motor and language development all occur differently in each child. Parents need reassurance as issues in development appear.  It is important for parents to find the support needed from their own self education, from family relationships and from their communities. Children develop at their own pace and our first job as parents is to… Read More »

Early Childhood Committee Targets National Concerns

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The Role of Parents/Family in Response to Intervention

IDEA 04 offers states and localities the option of using “a process that determines if the child responds to scientific, research-based intervention as part of the evaluation process…,” but it does not require that states or districts use Responsiveness-to-Intervention, often shortened to RTI. Although RTI is similar to the old pre-referral or problem-solving model first suggested by Dr. James Chalfant in the mid-70’s as Teacher Assistance Teams (TAT), parents have begun to hear a lot about RTI as a “new” way to help students with learning disabilities. What is RTI? Although there is no single RTI model, the many variations… Read More »

Assessment of Readiness Skills During Early Childhood

Young children develop rapidly, frequently experiencing tremendous change and growth physically, cognitively, linguistically, and socially. Preschoolers, for example, seem to race from one milestone to the next. Nevertheless, the rate of growth and development among young children varies greatly. Indeed, as a result of this high variability during early childhood that can be seen in nearly any environment with preschoolers and kindergartners, many professionals balk at labeling children as learning disabled. Studies indicate that early intervention can make a significant difference in a child’s development and many other professionals want to respond promptly when they note developmental delays or see… Read More »

Early Identification of Speech-Language Delays and Disorders

“Why is speech-language treatment needed? My baby doesn’t talk yet.” “Everyone in our family was a late talker. My child will talk when the time is right.” “Why worry now? Speech and language services will be available when school starts.” “Treatment? Looks to us like they are just playing games.” You may have had similar thoughts or comments. Usually, there is concern about a child’s speech and language skills if there is no speech by the age of one year, if speech is not clear, or if speech or language is different from that of other children of the same… Read More »

Early Childhood Assessment-Birth to Three Years

It is important for parents and professionals to work closely together. When they become a team, everyone has a better understanding of how an infant, baby or child is responding to the world, how he or she learns, and what he or she can do. To begin this process parents need to observe their child carefully and record their observations so they can discuss their child’s development with the professionals who work with babies and young children and their families. This type of assessment is a developmental assessment. The following guidelines will assist parents of a child from birth to… Read More »

Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a not for profit organization chartered in 1964, to advance the education and general welfare of individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). LDA is dedicated to a vision whereby learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. The membership of LDA includes persons with SLD, their families and concerned professionals. Historically, LDA has been predominantly funded by membership dues, annual conference fees and private donations. Response to Intervention (RTI) has far reaching implications for children with SLD and it is imperative that LDA responds to this initiative, supporting those components of RTI… Read More »

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week Four: Advocate!

Welcome to Week 4 of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. We hope you engaged with us and other LD Resources a bit more during week three and how #LDAWorksForYou! Are you still #withLDA?

This week is a week of advocacy – a week of advocating for those with learning disabilities. Imagine what we could accomplish with all our voices joining together #withLDA!

LDA Legislative News – August 2019

Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal As the congressional August recess approached, LDA and other advocacy organizations waited to see if Congress would finalize a deal to raise the budget caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA).  The BCA caps were set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (school year 2021-22).  The result of the BCA caps remaining in effect for Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 and 2021 would have been deep cuts to current spending levels in all LDA’s priority areas – education, health, job training, and environmental issues.  Members of Congress… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – January 2019

116th Congress Brings New Champions As reported after the 2018 midterm elections, there are significant changes in the 116th Congress.  First, the majority shifted to the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  Second, the Republican majority in the Senate increased slightly.  However, more important to LDA, there are some new members with histories that make them possible champions for individuals with learning disabilities. The best way to influence and educate members of Congress – and local and state legislators – is to build good relationships early on and nurture those connections.  Readers will find below a list of new members… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – December 2016

Congress Punts on Appropriations For the past several years Congress has failed to complete the appropriations process on time. The appropriations process involves setting spending for the federal fiscal year.  With the federal fiscal year beginning on October 1, Congress must establish spending for all federal programs and activities by September 30 or risk a government shutdown.   To avoid a shutdown, Congress passed a short-term bill known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) which expired on December 9, but now they have delayed final spending decisions for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) until the end of April. With the Republican party… Read More »

My Successful Transition Story

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U.S. Department of Education Announces $2.5 Million in Grants to Operate Centers for Parents of Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information they need to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities. For a list of Department-funded parent training and information centers, visit www.parentcenterhub.org.   The… Read More »

Disability and Criminal Justice Reform

More than 750,000 adults behind bars report having a disability, with two-thirds experiencing a cognitive disability. A recent white paper by the non-profit group RespectAbility advocates criminal justice reform that specifically addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Stories within the report give human faces to the numbers; people featured include those with learning disabilities. The group calls for reforms that will provide pathways to success: Early interventions to keep youth with disabilities from entering the school-to-prison pipeline; Adequate accommodations throughout the criminal justice system; and A re-entry process that understands the unique challenges facing citizens returning to the community… Read More »

LDA takes Action on Flint Crisis

One of the main reasons individuals join LDA is its strong advocacy for the health, safety, and education of children. When LDA learned of the dire situation with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, and the serious effects of high lead levels on children, a workgroup of LDA members sprang into action to support families in that community. Members of the LDA Public Policy Committee and the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) joined together to compose a letter (click here to see the letter) that has been sent to national news media including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – January/February 2016

LDA Mobilizes for Flint, MI Children One of the main reasons individuals join LDA is its strong advocacy for the health, safety, and education of children. When LDA learned of the dire situation with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, and the serious effects of high lead levels on children, a workgroup of LDA members sprang into action to support families in that community. Members of the LDA Public Policy Committee and the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) joined together to compose a letter that has been sent to national news media including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the… Read More »

LDA Takes a Stand on Flint, Michigan Water Situation

A letter to the editor
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) shares the distress of parents and professionals across the country over the situation in Flint, Michigan. The damage that has been done, and will continue to be done, by the contaminated water supply of Flint, is of immediate concern.

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You Understand Your Child Best: Finding Support for Developmental Milestones

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Laziness and Lack of Motivation is not the problem for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Neurological Impairment Is!, Part I

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LDA Legislative News – June 2015

Deal Needed to Save Education Funding Congress has begun its deliberations on spending – “appropriations,” in congressional parlance – for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 which begins on October 1, 2015.  The first step in the long process involves consideration of funding bills by the 12 appropriations subcommittees, one of which is Labor-Health and Human Services-Education. That bill contains most all the programs LDA follows.  The House Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee led off in mid-June with passage on a party-line vote of a draconian bill that would significantly reduce spending for most education programs.   Overall funding for discretionary programs in the Department… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – November 2014

LDA and NCLD Comment on Federal Research Agenda  In partnership with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), LDA submitted comments to the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education on the future work of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).  NCSER solicited input from researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders as they determine what issues need specific attention and how best to communicate the results of research to practitioners.  With the strong emphasis on evidence-based practices, LDA and NCLD felt it was of critical importance that IES and NCSER hear from families and practitioners with… Read More »

Across the States: October is Here

  Throughout the nation, the quiet soldiers who labor behind the scenes in our state affiliates and locals are volunteering to become a new marching band touting the good of the Learning Disability Association. Recognizing our vital need for members, each affiliate is asked to pledge to seek a 10% increase in membership throughout this year.  We are learning to use the 2014 IDEA Publication: “Leading by Convening:  A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement.”    Focus began with distribution of “Reasons to Become an LDA Member.”  Asking people to join is often the most forgotten approach, as simple as it may seem. … Read More »

LDA Legislative News – April 2014

Department Collects Comments on RDA The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education has undertaken to revamp its State and federal monitoring processes to focus on improving results for students with disabilities. While the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) called for this change, monitoring has continued to emphasize compliance with substantive and procedural requirements rather than educational outcomes. OSEP is now preparing to institute a new monitoring system – Results Driven Accountability RDA – and is examining stakeholder input on how best to use results data to ensure accountability. Monitoring… Read More »

Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D.: 1921 – 2014

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