Monday, January 7, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AD/HD AND LIVE LONGER? Researchers have concluded that a genetic variant linked to those with AD/HD, among other conditions, may help people live longer. Such genes lead to "active personality traits," which motivate  people to engage in social, intellectual, and physical activities. A Science Daily write-up of the research says, "The variant gene is part of the dopamine system, which facilitates the transmission of signals among neurons and plays a major role in the brain network responsible for attention and reward-driven learning. The DRD4 7R allele blunts dopamine signaling, which enhances individuals' reactivity to their environment." The gene appears in significantly higher rates in older persons -- meaning that those without the gene die out earlier. Read more

INTERNEURONS, THE CORTEX, AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS. Apparently, "genetic lesions known to be associated with autism and other behavioral diseases disrupt cellular and molecular mechanisms that ensure normal development of a key type of cortical neuron: the interneuron." AD/HD is also linked to this process, according to a new study with the catchy title "Cxcr4 regulation of interneuron migration is disrupted in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Read more.  

AUTISM SPEAKS reviews 2012 from the perspective of autism-related science, covering advances in diagnosis and prevalence, the costs of autism, risk factors, treatments, and more. If the ASD is relevant in your home or classroom, check out the review

CEC is requesting success stories related to special education, one-half of the 2e equation, for inclusion in The Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, a document distributed to legislators, educators, and federal administrators to spur funding for special and gifted education programs. CEC seeks "personal stories and photos of children and youth participating in special education, early intervention, and gifted education programs across the country. These success stories help put a human touch on the graphs and charts that typically illustrate the need for increased funding for programs such as IDEA and the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act." Find out more. Separately, CEC has announced its newly-elected 2013 board of directors, an apparently well-credentialed group. We have one problem: on the almost 5,000-word web page containing the announcement and credentials of the board, the word "gifted" appears not one time. See for yourself

GIFTED RESOURCES NEWSLETTER pointed us to the site of Kids Like Us, an Australian group founded by a "dual exceptional" kids, most apparently dyslexic, who are supported by a steering group of adults. From "About Us" on the site: "Our first goal is to raise awareness of, and pride in, the good bits of dyslexia and to help you and others cope with the "challenging" bits." The site has a section for "More Info," but seems to be missing one link that might help kids and parents in the group -- a pointer to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. If any of our Australian friends or subscribers are part of Kids Like Us, perhaps gently point out what we offer to the dual exceptional/twice exceptional community! Find the site

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