Link: Full Story Kimberly Goss taught her sons how to crawl their way to success -- literally. Benjamin Goss, 26, and Christopher Goss, 23, suffer from learning disabilities.
When the two were children, Kimberly and her husband, Bill, took them to be tested at an area learning center and were told that neither boy would ever develop the intellectual capacity to attend college.
Refusing to accept that assessment, Kimberly took her sons out of public school, where they were in special education classes, and taught them at home.
"What I did was pull them out of a situation that was damaging to their self-esteem," Kimberly said. "We did a lot of praying, let them know they were smart and just believed in them."
Ben suffers from dyslexia and an auditory processing affliction that inhibits his ability to recall instructions. Christopher has dyslexia and dysgraphia, which is a deficiency in his ability to write.
Ben and Christopher credit their mother for putting them on a path to academic excellence.
Link: Writing Disabilities Learning disorders related to writing are just as common as reading disabilities, and are especially likely to affect boys, a new study suggests.
Written-language disorder, also known as dysgraphia, includes problems with handwriting, spelling and organizing thoughts on paper; it is diagnosed when a child's writing skills fall "substantially below" the norm for his or her age and IQ. In the new study, researchers found that among the more than 5,700 students they followed, between 7 percent and 15 percent developed a written-language disorder over their school career. The percentages varied depending on the criteria used to diagnose the problem.
Boys were two to three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with a writing disability, regardless of the criteria used.