September 4, 2011 |
Julius English works as a behavior therapist for children with special needs and, over the years, has developed a magical touch. The 39-year-old has a learning disability, but basketball has helped him push his limits. That's one reason English uses the game in his work: He teaches basketball to his new students and spends his weekends playing with former ones as a way to reconnect. The game means a lot to English because his life hasn't always been this fulfilling. Eric Calhoun doesn't play baseball, but he's the biggest fan at college and minor league parks across the Southland.
July 11, 2011 |
Here’s another reason not to light up around little ones: Not only are children who are surrounded by secondhand smoke at greater risk for asthma and other health problems, but they may be more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities too. The new analysis comes from a national phone survey in which parents were asked whether they smoked and if they’d been told by a health professional that their child...
May 22, 2011 |
From Bishop, Calif. Jill Kinmont Boothe is not one to sit idle. Though the former ski champion, Olympic hopeful and subject of two weepy Hollywood biopics has spent most of her adult life in a wheelchair, she has hardly let it slow her. A painter and retired schoolteacher, she recently staged her 13th annual in-home Spring Art Show and continues to oversee the Jill Kinmont Indian Education Fund, which provides scholarships to Native American...
November 4, 2010 |
Applying a mild electrical current to a particular part of the brain could improve mathematical abilities in people who suffer impaired skills or in patients who have suffered strokes or other neurological problems, British researchers reported Thursday. The weak current apparently allows neurons to fire more freely, stimulating the ability to learn, the researchers reported in the journal Current Biology. Reversing the flow of the current made it more difficult for neurons to fire, impairing learning ability.
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March 21, 2010 |
Los Angeles Police officers shot and killed a man in Koreatown early Saturday morning after he reached into his waistband for what officers believed was a weapon, authorities said. Steven Eugene Washington, 27, died from a single gunshot wound to the head shortly after midnight. Although no weapon was found, officers said they feared for their lives because Washington did not respond to their commands and appeared to be reaching for his waistband. Hours after the shooting, Washington's relatives criticized police and said the dead man had suffered from learning disabilities and was generally afraid of strangers.
June 23, 2008 |
"Heavy Load," which gets its American television premiere at 10 tonight on IFC, tells the story of a band from the south of England, three of whose five members have learning disabilities. (The other two had worked as support staff.) Subtitled "A Film About Happiness," it's framed by director Jerry Rothwell's own midlife and career crisis; the band members seemed to him the embodiment of pure joy, of the pleasure that had gone out of his own work.