Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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

FAILING THE GIFTED. Chester Finn, a speaker at last month's NAGC Convention, notes in an opinion piece in the Atlantic that "gifted students have 'special needs' too." He writes, "despite plenty of evidence that America is failing to nurture its gifted students, the problem fails to awaken much interest from education leaders and philanthropists. Why is this so?" Then Finn proceeds to provide seven possible explanations, such as fear of elitism. Find the article.  

WHAT'S AD/HD LIKE?  At ADDitude.com, those with AD/HD describe what it's like to them: "like there is always noise in my head"; "like I need an 'off' button for my brain"; and "sometimes the funniest thing ever." Find more descriptions

AUTISM: COMPLEX GENETIC ORIGINS. Potentially hundreds of genetic mutations are related to autism, according to recent research. The research was based on studies of 1.000 families and used "high-throughput sequencing" to discover relevant genes. Read more. Separately, Autism Speaks has published its "Top 10 Science Autism Research Advances of 2012"; find them

IQ AND MATH ACHIEVEMENT. According to a new study, it's not how smart students are but how motivated they are and how they study that determines their growth in math achievement. The study involved thousands of German students and revealed that motivation and study skills were the most important factors of long-term (five-year) growth in math achievement. Find out more

ED SERVICES FOR AUTISM. An article in District Administration provides background on how K-12 districts might go about choosing and implementing educational services for students with autism. Noting that each student is different, the article also covers requirements of the law in providing such services. Read the article

AUTISM AND ANXIETY. Anxiety and anger are common in children on the spectrum, according to a study report at MedicalDaily.com. The report notes that because many ASD kids might be achieving well in school, educators might not recognized the amount of anxiety those kids experience. Find the report

DON'T FORGET: SMARTKIDS AWARD. The 2013 SmartKids application process for the 2013 Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award closes January 31. The award (along with honorable mentions) is presented to a young person with an LD or AD/HD on the basis of notable accomplishment in any field. Find out more.

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