Tuesday, September 4, 2012

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AD/HD AND THE EYES. Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a way to screen for several neurological conditions, including AD/HD, by tracking and analyzing eye movements. The screening identified kids with AD/HD with 77.3 percent accuracy, according to Science Daily. The screen also can detect Parkinson's disease in older adults and fetal alcohol syndrome in children. Find out more.
AD/HD AND CBT. David Rabiner, at SharpBrains.com, describes a study showing that cognitive behavioral therapy can apparently help teens with AD/HD, resulting in "bet­ter adjust­ment among ado­les­cents in mul­ti­ple domains as reported by par­ents, teach­ers, and ado­les­cents them­selves; school record data also indi­cated bet­ter class atten­dance and fewer late arrivals to school." Read more.
IMs AND INTROVERSION. Kids who are introverted may find emotional support and relief through instant messaging, according to Time Magazine. Got an introverted teen? Find the article.
BACK TO SCHOOL I. It can be difficult for kids with special needs, and that can include gifted kids who have learning challenges or emotional challenges. A blog posting by Oxford University Press addresses the issue and offers teachers tips on ways to ease the transition back to school. Parents may find the tips useful in that they (parents) can take the initiative for many of the actions recommended for teachers. Find the blog
BACK TO SCHOOL II. In another blog concerning special needs kids, a lawyer has posted "Ten Reasons Why You Should Have an Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs." The reasons will sound "reasonable" to any parent of a twice-exceptional child who has had to advocate on  his or her own with a school. Find the blog.
ASD AND CO-MORBIDITIES. A blog entry at Best Practice Autism discusses common conditions that might occur along with autism or high-functioning autism, including depression (50-70 percent co-morbid), AD/HD, social anxiety, ODD, and Tourette's. Find the blog.
ADDITUDE's most recent e-newsletter contains an article on AD/HD meds and how to persuade a child to take them. Got a compliance issue at your house? Find the newsletter.
CANADA'S EDUCATION GUIDE -- the fall issue -- is now out, according to its publishers. The issue features an article on psychoeducational assessments as well as educational resources in the Calgary area. Find out more.
IN AUSTRALIA. Jo Freitag says that she has revamped the Gifted Resources blog, which has recent posts about The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students and a review of Derrin Cramer's new book Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side (which has a chapter about twice-exceptionality). Find the blog.

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