Thursday, September 27, 2012

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

SCHOOL AND AD/HD. A commentator at the Washington Post site, in the column "The Answer Sheet," talks about his own AD/HD and that of his two sons. He writes, "School, particularly elementary school, was not for boys like me. And, 25 years later, even the very best schools have only changed slightly." Among lots of salient points are phrases that made us smile: a reference to "a normative learning style," which the author's sons evidently do not possess; how his younger son seems to be, according to teachers, "not sufficiently available for learning"; and more. He calls, not surprisingly, for change in the current educational model and mindset. Read this insightful column

ASD IN COLLEGE. The Ventura County Star examines how colleges are helping students with autism enter and succeed. The article includes perspectives from parents, ASD students, and faculty who teach (and accommodate) those students. Read more

UPENDING CONVENTIONAL WISDOM. A new study is out, and this sentence says it all: "researchers were surprised to find the effects of family meals on test scores and behavioral problems were either small or 'effectively zero.'" Don't want to believe it? We didn't want to -- but read for yourself

LD EVALUATION. NCLD has on its site an article titled "10 Things You Need to Know about LD Evaluation." The tips include the role of law and the school district in such evaluations. Find the article

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. The September issue of eNews Updates is out. If you're not familiar with all of the facets of DITD or the resources they make available to gifted kids and their families, check out the newsletter

CHICAGO-AREA EVENT. An educational consultant/advocate who serves twice-exceptional students and their families is teaming with five other consultants and advocates to present a workshop November 30th on the topics of 504 plans, RTI, and special ed. Organizer Matt Wanzenberg says, "many of my 2e students have 504's and IEP's (or RTI plans at a minimum), and it is critical that families know exactly how these legal accountability tools can assist them in reaching goals..." Find out more

WRIGHTSLAW. The current issue of Special Ed Advocate deals with the legal requirements about IEPs and what IDEA says about them. About this issue, Wrightslaw says, "Get answers to your questions and find out what you need to know about IEPs, IEP teams, and IEP meetings. Learn how to use tactics and strategies to get quality services in your child's IEP." Find the newsletter. Separately, Wrightslaw is offering a back-to-school sale -- 25 percent off their books and CDs through October 3. Find out more

AND FINALLY, THIS. Harvard researchers have used lasers to take over the brain of an animal -- a worm -- controlling its behavior and even some sensory input. For example, by activating a particular neuron, the researchers could make the worm turn in a specific direction. Now, the worms were genetically modified -- but imagine a remote control for your twice-exceptional child. "Calm down" -- zap. "Focus" -- zap. "Stop talking about dinosaurs" -- zap. Find out more.

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