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Manawatu Standard: Long waits for extra tutoring (ADHD, dyslexia)

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.

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Spectrum Bloggers Network: Feedback Friday

Spectrum Bloggers Network has now been online for a whole month!!! In that time we have had over 1,390 views to the page! We have a good number of blogs linked up now and we have recently started posting up current affairs to get people talking and sharing their relevant blog posts on the topic.

We would love to hear your views and what you would like to see more or less of on the page. What do you feel would attract more readers or more bloggers to the page? How do we raise more awareness of the different learning difficulties covered and engage more people into the debate?

Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

BBC News: Diary of a mother of children with special educational needs (Autism)

April 29, 2014

A mother who has three children with special educational needs has recorded an audio diary of her typical morning.

Debs Aspland’s nine-year-old son has hydrocephalus and autism, her eight-year-old son is visually impaired, and her daughter has language, speech and communication needs.

Ms Aspland said her typical day was around 21 hours long and “on a good day” she could expect just under five hours sleep.

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Bastrop Daily Enterprise: Bastrop High School and Morehouse Jr. High students learn bullying is not okay (ADD, ADHD, BEH, dyslexia and dysgraphia)

April 30, 2014

Students at both Bastrop High School and Morehouse Jr. High attended assemblies this week where bullying was the topic of discussion.

Keith Deltano drew on his background of working with youth in various roles as well as his own personal experiences as a child who was bullied to engage students in a conversation regarding various ways of bullying. He also teaches them how to stop and overcome the effects of this serious problem. Deltano was labeled with ADD, ADHD, BEH, dyslexia and dysgraphia and was bullied because he was “different.” Instead of letting his learning disabilities dictate his future, Deltano overcame, attended college and became a teacher.

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Newsletter 28th April

Sorry a very quick newsletter this week with the blogs added before the weekend. I’m trying to get my dissertation in for university at the moment, so I promise that we’ll be back on track next week. No time to add all the latest blog posts either I’m afraid.

Please check out the awesome new blogs that have signed up!  Also check the latest section, Pathological Demand Avoidance. Read the rest of this entry

Croydon Advertiser: Dad of dyslexic schoolgirl calls on Michael Gove to rule Croydon’s special needs policy ‘illegal’

April 25, 2014

The father of a severely dyslexic schoolgirl has called on Education Secretary Michael Gove to compel the council to change its “unlawful” policy towards children with special educational needs.

For a child to receive specialist support, parents must show they require “significant assistance” in at least five of eight areas – only one of which is education.

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Newsletter 21st April

Sorry I’m a little bit late in posting up the latest newsletter this week! Essays and dissertation for university at the moment is taking priority.

There are a few new blogs this week joining us in the network which are listed below. If you missed the big news yesterday, head here:

Things will be a little more organised in a couple of weeks, promise! Until then, check out the newest additions to the network this week and all the new blog posts at the bottom! Read the rest of this entry

Newsletter 14th April

Well this week has been absolutely fantastic! Spectrum Bloggers Network has grown in size a lot faster than I initially expected! There has been quite a buzz on Twitter, so a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been discussing and spreading the word!

Since originally starting the blog I have added in another couple of sections of Irlen Syndrome and more recently Sensory Processing Disorder. If you are a blogger discussing a learning difficulty that hasn’t been mentioned you can register under ‘other’ and say in your description what you are covering. I started with the difficulties I was already aware of, but am sure I am probably missing out a fair few. The more awareness we can raise as a group, the better!

New blogs in the network this week. Please note that blogs that cover more than one SpLD will appear in more than one section. Read the rest of this entry

Newsletter 7th April 2014

Hello and welcome to the first Spectrum Bloggers Network Newsletter!

First of all, thank you very much to the bloggers who have so far joined the network and thank you all for taking time to check the blog. It is very early days but hopefully as word gets around we’ll develop a thriving community. Trying to get the ball rolling is always a tricky task, but hopefully word will get around over the next few months.

New blogs in the network this week. Please note that blogs that cover more than one SpLD will appear in more than one section. Read the rest of this entry

Spectrum Bloggers Network: Blogging across the SpLD Spectrum

Spectrum Bloggers Network Blogging across the SpLD Spectrum

Greetings to you all! Thank you very much for checking out Spectrum Bloggers Network!

I created this blog to try to bring together as many blogs on specific learning difficulties as possible in the hope to raise awareness and also to inspire! I started blogging about my experiences with dyslexia and scotopic sensitivity syndrome two months ago and found it quite difficult to promote amongst the hundreds of fashion, make-up and lifestyle blogs across Twitter and Bloglovin. I noticed on a friends blog on her experiences with Fibromyalgia and IC that there was a network of bloggers on the Fibro Bloggers Directory and thought that it would be great if there was something similar for dyslexia! Read the rest of this entry