Saturday, May 19, 2012

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

VIEWING AD/HD. An article by a developmental behavior pediatrician at the Huffington Post emphasizes how AD/HD should be viewed as a developmental delay in executive function skills. The article describes how executive function affects learning in the classroom and how educational policy could change to benefit kids with AD/HD. Find this article.
PRUFROCK PRESS is offering a free download of a portion of Beverly Trail's book Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children. The download consists of the first two chapters of the book, "Unique Learners" (including identifying 2e children) and "Response to Intervention" as a way to find and intervene with these kids. Find the download.
ADDITUDE is offering a free handout, The Babysitter's Guide to AD/HD, that explains AD/HD symptoms to the babysitter and offers tips on working though common challenges, surviving separation anxiety, encouraging positive behavior, and understanding stress points. If AD/HD is the flavor of that second "e" at your house, this might be worth a look. Find it.
LD ONLINE's May newsletter is out, and it focuses on motivation as the key to academic success, including one article on  motivating kids with AD/HD. These articles are directed at both parents and educators. Find the newsletter.
BRAINWORKS, in its May newsletter, addresses a parent's request for advice: "My 8th grade son is very intelligent, but he struggles with making decisions." Find out what Carla Crutsinger has to say about the problem.
ABOUT.COM has posted an updated article titled "Mindful Awareness and AD/HD," describing how that technique can help a person with AD/HD. Find the article.
SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. We mentioned this program awhile ago, but the Institute for Educational Advancement's Apprenticeship Program still has available spaces. According to the Institute, this is "a residential summer program that provides gifted high school students with an invaluable and intensive learning opportunity working with teams of professionals in medicine, industrial design, science, law and business at some of the nation's leading universities, corporations, and research facilities. Participants of the Apprenticeship Program apply their talents in real-world environments where they are encouraged to employ creative problem-solving techniques and strive to realize the full intellectual and personal potential of their intelligence." Find out more.
DYSLEXIA-VILLE.COM. A Harvard-educated, Academy Award-winning producer is putting together a team to build Dyslexia-ville.com, a web-based resource for young people with dyslexia. Says the producer, who herself is dyslexic, "This virtual city on the web will be a home, safe haven, and launching pad to success for the approximately 1 in 8 children who live with dyslexia. Since we know how visual kids with dyslexia tend to be, the D-ville site is colorful, vibrant, and completely interactive." She is seeking funding at Kickstarter.com to help build the site. Find out more.
RESOURCES. eSchool News reports on six websites offering special ed resources for parents and teachers. The sites offer assistive technology, apps, and more. Find the report.
WRIGHTSLAW. Any child with a learning disability, including 2e children, can benefit from an evaluation to identify the learning issues and provide a plan for addressing those issues. The current issue of Special Ed Advocate includes articles addressing evaluations. Find it.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION global finals begin May 23, and the problem-solving competition will be streamed online 24 hours a day. Over 1200 teams will be competing for world honors. Find out how to watch.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Parents are happier, according to new research. From the authors of the paper "In Defense of Parenthood": "We are not saying that parenting makes people happy, but that parenthood is associated with happiness and meaning. Contrary to repeated scholarly and media pronouncements, people may find solace that parenthood and child care may actually be linked to feelings of happiness and meaning in life." So there -- it's okay to feel good about being the parent of a child -- and especially one of those great 2e kids.  Read more.

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