Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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

2012 DAVIDSON FELLOWS NAMED. According to the Davidson Institute, the 2012 Class of Davidson Fellows consists of 22 bright young people 18 or younger who will receive $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships.  The Fellows have all created significant projects with the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, literature, music and philosophy. Find out more.
CHOOSING THERAPY FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY can be guided by brain scans, according to a new study done at MIT. Two common therapies are cognitive behavioral therapy and medication, and an fMRI can spot a difference in the brain's reaction to a face-response task, where subjects look at images of faces. Subjects who are good candidates for CBT show more brain activity in high-level visual processing areas, according to the researchers. Find out more.
PREPPING FOR COLLEGE WITH AD/HD is the topic of an article at Education Week on the experiences of a group of freshman with AD/HD. Those without coping strategies -- for studying or scheduling, for example -- felt overwhelmed when they reached college. The point: take AD/HD into account as you prepare for and enter college. Read more.
READING RESOURCE. A program called Bookshare helps students with learning issues like dyslexia gain access to the written word by giving voice to words and highlighting them as they're read on a device such as an iPad. About 160,000 titles area available through Bookshare. Know a struggling reader? Find out more.
LEARNING RESOURCE. The Khan Academy is an online resource for learning about all kinds of topics, and may be useful to twice-exceptional students as a way to both remediate areas of weakness and enrich areas of strength. A library of lessons and practice sessions in areas such as math, science, computer science, and finance contains 3,300 videos in all. For example, the biology section contains several dozen videos on topics ranging from evolution to cell division to immunology. The site's motto: "Learn almost anything for free."  Go to the site
MORE ON BPA. Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) early in life can evidently lead to higher levels of anxiety. The reason? The chemical, commonly used in plastics, causes gene expression changes in the amygdala, which mediates fear and stress. Oddly, a soy diet seems to ameliorate at least some of the effects. Read more.

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