April 11, 2014
Children with learning difficulties could slip through the cracks due to a shortage of specialists assessing and assisting them.
The demand for help for Kiwi children struggling with learning disabilities is increasing, with service providers reporting long waiting lists of children that need to be seen.
The New Zealand Dyslexia Foundation estimates one in 10 New Zealanders experience a learning difficulty, with more than 70,000 schoolchildren affected.
The small number of specialists who assess and diagnose learning difficulties have reported a growing workload, which education psychologists say is a concern.
Learning Disabilities Association of New Zealand has two registered assessors in Palmerston North with waiting lists three months long.
President Bill Glassey, who is based in the city, said he would assess one or two children a week – many of them referred by schools – for learning difficulties, such as ADHD, dyslexia or apraxia.
Read the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/9930188/Long-waits-for-extra-tutoring
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April 25, 2014
In the past 10 years, 80 people aged 21 and under have killed themselves in prison – the government has set up a review to find out why so many young people die in custody. One mother explains what it is like to have a child die behind bars.
Casework analysis by the charity Inquest suggests a large majority of young people who die in prison are diagnosed with ADHD, special educational needs and other disorders.
Mrs Rushton would like to see extra support for these young adults.
Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27067966
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