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ASPERGERíS SYNDROME

Asperger Syndrome
A vast array of info and links to sites providing resources and information about A.S. which has been described as one of the several forms of high-functioning autism. Also includes a section on Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Good descriptions of resources are included; site is very user-friendly!
Barbara L. Kirby
http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/

ASPEN of America
Provides annotated links to articles and other sites providing info about Asperger Syndrome, Semantic Pragmatic Disorder, Hyperlexia, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, etc. and serves as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on educational, scientific, and therapeutic research for those concerned with AS and similar disorders.
ASPEN of America
http://www.asperger.org/

Australian Scale for Aspergerís Syndrome
This rating scale was adapted from Tony Attwood's book, ďAspergerís Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and ProfessionalsĒ and will help in the initial screening process as well as providing an overview of the key elements for educators and care providers.
Mind-Steps;   David B. Goldstein, Ph.D., Director
http://www.mind-steps.com/assessments/assessment.htm


DYSCALCULIA

Math Learning Disability - Dyscalculia
Includes a listing of many resources available; read Renťe M. Newman's excellent, Letter to my Math Teacher which provides insight into this learning disability as well as concrete suggestions.
compiled by: Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Support Services of Shiawassee County
http://www.shianet.org/~reneenew/mathLD.html

Math Skills
Learning disabilities in mathematics (often referred to as dyscalculia), are complex and require skillful intervention. This collection of informative articles can help educators and parents understand and provide appropriate assistance to those having difficulty with math.
LD Online
http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/math_skills/math-skills.html


DYSGRAPHIA

Poor coordination
Many high-ability individuals have difficulty with eye-hand coordination and/or poor fine-motor control which results in difficulties writing.
The National Association for Gifted Children   (UK)
http://www.rmplc.co.uk/orgs/nagc/coordin.html


DYSLEXIA

Advice and information for adult dyslexia
Resources available include:
  • A check list for Adult Dyslexia
  • Possible difficulties in eveyday life and education
  • The learning styles of adult dyslexics
  • Dyslexia in the workplace
Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)
http://www.futurenet.co.uk/charity/ado/advice.html

The British Dyslexia Association - Index to Information Sheets
Here is a well-organized listing of the online informational resources available from the BDA website; topic areas include:
  • Parents, including pre-school pointers,
  • Teachers, and all in Education.
  • Adult Dyslexia in college, in employment and in job-hunting.
  • Computers: Hardware and software for dyslexic users.
The British Dyslexia Association
http://www.bda-dyslexia.org.uk/d01general/g01index.html

Dyslexia
Sally E. Shaywitz's article from the Scientific American gives a solid overview of the puzzling reading disorder. This new model emphasizes defects in the language-processing rather than the visual system, and helps explain why some very smart people have trouble learning to read. Includes The Myths of Dyslexia.
Scientific American; November 1996
http://www.sciam.com/1196issue/1196shaywitz.html

Dealing With Dyslexia
Current research and the implications for ways to improve the education of those with reading disabilities. Info about the effect of techniques to improve auditory-discrimination is also included.
Education Week on the Web
http://www.edweek.com/ew/vol-17/12dyslex.h17


HYPERLEXIA

Hyperlexia Information Resources
Annotated information from a variety of sources. Home Page also includes info on parent groups, how to subscribe to the Hyperlexia Listserver, etc.
American Hyperlexia Association
http://www.hyperlexia.org/hyperlexia_information.html

Hyperlexia in Older Children
Although the communication and social skills of hyperlexic children typically improve dramatically by the time they reach "school age", these children still face difficulties in their academic and social lives.
Charlotte Miller
http://pages.prodigy.net/charlotte/Older_Children.htm

Hyperlexia
Comprehensive article [P. Kupperman; S. Bligh; K. Barouski] detailing this syndrome (typified by children who learned to read before the age of 5 with little or no formal training, but who have language disorders and display difficulty in social relationships); includes:
  • Description of the hyperlexic child
  • Diagnostic methods useful in identifying hyperlexia
  • Effectual teaching techniques
Center for Speech and Language Disorders
http://www.hyperlexia.org/gordy20t.html


GENERAL INFO & RESOURCES

The Facts About Learning Disabilities
LD Online provides an overview, including:
  • Complete Definition
  • More Facts About Learning Disabilities
  • Warning Signs
  • Public Attitudes & Awareness of Learning Disabilities
LD Online
http://www.ldonline.org/ccld/ld/ldfacts.html

GENERAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
Includes a section on Disability-Related Information for the General Classroom Teacher
compiled by Sarah (Pleasant) Blake
http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/9641/sped.html

TEACHER RESOURCES
Listing of Resources; topics include:
  • Special Education
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Portfolio Assessment
Ken Task
http://www.esc3.tenet.edu/~ktask/BYTEONET/teachersres.html

LEARNING DISABILITIES
The National Institute of Mental Health provides this booklet of information; includes section on Sources of Information and Support, as well as:
  • Types of learning disabilties; possible causes
  • Initial identification; formal diagnosis
  • Educational options; use of medication
  • Current research
Sharyn Neuwirth, M.Ed
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/learndis.htm

The Instant Access Treasure Chest
The Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities would be useful to any educator, parent, etc. who wants information about effective techniques for use with a variety of learners. Sections include:
  • Assistive Technology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Auditory Deficits / Visual Deficits
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Styles
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
Sonja Moore, Virginia Commonwealth University.
http://www.fln.vcu.edu/ld/ld.html

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
Access to databases, research, listservs, etc.; includes info on The Learning to Read/Reading to Learn Initiative Reading: The First Chapter In Education.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
http://www.cec.sped.org/ericec.htm

Abuse it -- Lose it
Logical Consequences for Teaching Self-Control to Mischievous Children
David Keirsey
http://keirsey.com/abuselose.html

The Info Service:
Education Links
The Info Service
http://info-s.com/edu.html

Office of Special Education - Learning Disabilities
Listing of resources provided by the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; includes:
  • What is a Learning Disability
  • Organizations for People with Learning Disabilities
  • General Resources on Learning Disabilities
  • UVa's Selected Topical Information about LD
  • Resources on Dyslexia
  • Articles and Publications Related to Learning Disabilities
  • Computers and Learning Disabilities
John Lloyd
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/cise/ose/categories/ld.html

Learning Disabilities
An exceptionally well-organized collection; includes a section on: Nonverbal Learning Disorders / Disabilities. For additional information, check out the incredible variety of resources available in the Specific Diagnoses Card Catalog.
Family Village;   Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.familyvillage.Wisc.Edu/lib_ld.htm

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