Monday, October 15, 2012

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

GOT AN LD QUESTION? NCLD, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is offering "Access LD: A Conversation with the World's Top LD Experts" on Monday, October 20. The experts are members of the organization's professional advisory board, who will be convening in New York on that day. Questioners may ask via Twitter or via a form on NCLD's website. Check it out

AD/HD WEB CHATS. ADDitude is offering a series of free web chats on AD/HD-related topics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 16 to November 15. Topics include accommodations, meds, organization, and more. (Some chats deal with adult AD/HD, some with kid AD/HD.) Find out more. Separately, ADDitude also has on its site right now an article about differentiating AD/HD and OCD. Find it

ILLINOIS PSYCHOLOGISTS TO PRESCRIBE? A news item from Illinois notes that psychologists in Illinois are pushing a bill that would allow them to prescribe medication, something that psychologists in New Mexico and Louisiana can already do. For parents of 2e kids, this would simplify the process of obtaining meds for conditions such as AD/HD, anxiety, and depression. Prescribing psychologists in New Mexico take an extra 450  hours of training to gain prescription authority, and Illinois' requirements would be similar. Read more.

DSM-5, AUTISM. The discussion continues over exactly who might be excluded under revised criteria for autism diagnosis. Will it be those with Asperger's or PDD-NOS? A Forbes column tries to shed light on the issue and "calls into question blithe assurances that people who might fit current Asperger’s and PDD-NOS diagnoses have nothing to worry about." Read more.  

A.T. -- AGENT FOR SUCCESS. A personal story at the site of the NCLD relates how Bookshare and other A.T. tools helped a young man with dyslexia on the way to academic achievement. A standout athlete, he had been labeled "lazy" but was able to gain confidence and success -- not to mention some words of encouragement from Connecticut's dyslexic governor Dannel Malloy, who told the young man, “Maximize your strengths and move forward. Don’t let it get you down!” Read more

SLEEP, BEHAVIOR. The journal Pediatrics has published a study showing how, for kids not getting enough sleep, "a modest addition of sleep each night – an average of 27 minutes among children ages 7 to 11 – resulted in significant improvement in their ability to regulate their emotions, including limiting restless-impulsive behavior in school," according to the AAP. "Conversely, children who decreased their sleep 54 minutes were associated with detectable deterioration of such measures." Read about the study in Time

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND ASD. The blog BestPracticeAutism.com notes the increase in diagnosed instances of ASD and states "Although school psychologists are often called on to assume a leadership role in evaluating, identifying, and providing interventions for students with ASD in our schools, there is little research to show how closely school psychologists align their practices with the parameters of best practice." The blogger goes on to examine the issue more closely. Find the blog

SAD BUT FAMILIAR STORY. The site of CNN contained an article titled "A letter to my special needs son's school principal" intended to help that principal understand her son, who was diagnosed early with AD/HD and later developed Tourette's. The letter reprises things familiar to many parents of twice-exceptional kids -- academic floundering, tutoring, social ostracism,  little help (but dire predictions) from school. If you're in the mood to be depressed, read more. (But root for the parents to get the school to do more to help their son.)

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