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About the Author

Kate Kelly 

has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.


Short for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. A condition characterized by symptoms that include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But not all of these need to be present for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD.

nonverbal learning disabilities:

Difficulties recognizing and responding to unspoken or nonliteral communication. Often referred to as NVLD. These difficulties may make it hard for kids to understand body language or sarcasm. Kids with NVLD may also have weaknesses in such areas as abstract reasoning and physical coordination.


A specific learning disability in reading. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing.


A tool or procedure that provides equal access to instruction and assessment for students with disabilities.