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Did you know that October is Learning Disability Awareness Month? On October 11, 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation dedicating October as the month to increase public awareness of ADHD and Learning Disability. These are challenges that are neurobiological in origin and unrelated to IQ or parenting style, but are life-long. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ State of LD report (2016), at least one in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues.

No matter how difficult things are for you as a parent or an individual with LD/ADHD, there are agencies and resources available to assist. It is the mission of Springer School and Center to empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. We are here for parents and professionals who are struggling to understand what to do, and most of all for the children who need to be understood, first as individuals, and then as children who CAN learn, given the tools and strategies to do so. 

Today you can learn more on Springer’s Resource page on our website about learning disability and ADHD, and follow links to other helpful websites. Share what you have learned with teachers, childcare workers, camp counselors, scout leaders and anyone else you know who interacts with students who have LD/ADHD. Then everyone will know that people with dyslexia don’t read backwards (!) and that being able to play a video game for 30 minutes or remain seated for 30 minutes does not mean you can’t have ADHD. 

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann at mmulcahey@springer-ld.org.

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