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Conference Watch: International Dyslexia Association Reading and Learning Conference in Chicago, November 9-12

Every year, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) holds a four-day conference to bring people together and to spread knowledge about dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The conference, which is one of the largest conferences in the country and held in a different city each year, has been held for 62 years and gives parents, educators, individuals with learning difficulties, and all avid supporters of the IDA, an opportunity to come together and learn from one other.

Enrichment Programs Make a Real Difference

Parents of children with special needs often face a great challenge in finding after-school, camp, and weekend recreational programs for their children. Most community based programs are not designed to accommodate children with special needs. Yet extracurricular programs that promote socialization, friendship building, and other enrichment opportunities can be of great benefit to children with autism spec- trum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

Chiropractic Treatment

The child who is labeled as having ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties will generally present with an imbalance of hemispheric function called a "functional disconnection syndrome." Usually, diminished sensory input to one side of the brain begins as retained primitive (neonatal, survival or postural) reflexes. This results in some areas of the brain developing appropriately while others are delayed. In many cases, brain imbalances can cause gut imbalances resulting in altered digestive processes and the creation of food hypersensitivites and picky eating.

The Right to Read

"The sadness experienced in school stays with you forever. Early wounds may heal, but the scars are a constant reminder of a painful experience with the traditional method of learning."

So says Joan Esposito, president and founder of Santa Barbara's Dyslexia Awareness & Resource Center. Joan and her husband, Leslie Esposito, started the non-profit group at 928 Carpinteria Street in 1990.

Leaning on CHADD - San Fernando Valley

A mother's desperate call regarding her son who was given detention every single day of the week. A frazzled email from young parents about their daughter's recent diagnosis. A skeptical father who doesn't even know if ADHD is real. These are just some examples of the many individuals who are struggling with ADHD.

Agency Spotlight: Special Needs Network--Reaching Out to Families Dealing With Autism

Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism. It is an epidemic currently affecting 1 in every 166 children. Unfortunately, while the number of families impacted by autism continues to increase, the funding for school support, education and services is decreasing. Raising a child with autism is a 7-day a week, 24-hour a day job that can be overwhelming for most parents. There are countless families living in isolation and despair because they don't have the resources to help.

Agency Spotlight: Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center (DARC)

[Editor's Note: When I returned to Santa Barbara for good in 1990, I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Joan Esposito and her remarkable organization.  Although Ms. Esposito is a past president of LDA-CA (California's state-level Learning Disabilities Association), DARC is what would be called a local agency.

Conference Watch: Jed Baker Speaks Thursday, October 25th in West Nyack, NY

Because SpecialNeeds.com is based in California, some people think we tend to ignore the O.C. (That's Other Coast, of course, not Orange County.) But that's not so.  Here's an event we think is of interest, and it's certainly not in California.

Enrichment Programs Make a Real Difference for Young People with Autism and Other Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs often face a great challenge in finding afterschool, camp, and weekend recreational programs for their children. Most community-based programs are not designed to accommodate children with special needs. Yet extracurricular programs that promote socialization, friendship building, and other enrichment opportunities can be of great benefit to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

Agency Spotlight: The International Dyslexia Association

Watching a child struggle with reading, writing, and other academic areas can be heartbreaking for parents and other family members. The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) strives to help parents of dyslexic children, as well as, others with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences overcome these challenges.