Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

MISS MONTANA is, according to the Great Falls Tribune, intelligent, capable, and friendly. She also is on the autism spectrum with a diagnosis of borderline Asperger's. She says as a student she was awkward at socializing, didn't get jokes, and flunked classes. Her presentation for the Miss Montana competition was “Normal is just a dryer setting — Living with Autism.” Find out more about Miss Montana and how she lives on the spectrum.

PARENTS AND TEACHERS. The New York Times says the parent-teacher relationship can be "a deeply rewarding partnership or the kind of conflict found in some joint-custody arrangements." An online "opinionator" who is both a parent and a teacher offers guidelines on establishing and maintaining successful relationships. Read more.

SNORING, SLEEP, AND AD/HD. We've blogged about this before, but a new article/press release from an ENT specialist explores the links between nasal congestion, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea on behavior and learning. A quote from the article: "Children with sleep problems such as snoring, apnea, and mouth breathing are 40-100% more likely to develop AD/HD-like behavioral problems, as published in the March 2012 journal Pediatrics." Got a kid with sleep problems? Find out more.

DEMYSTIFYING LDs in a way that allows students to understand their strengths and challenges can empower those students. An educator writes about her success with the "demystifying" process on an extremely smart ninth grader with AD/HD. The educator writes, "When we were finished with our conversation, it was like a light bulb had gone off in his head. He had always had the tools to succeed – he just didn’t know what they were." Chances are you know someone who might need "demystifying" -- find out more.

HIGH IQ, LOW TEST SCORES. Sound familiar? In this case, the subject is a young man with dyslexia, described in an article in the Rapid City Journal. The young man is in college now, using technology to help him make school manageable, but he and his mother still have bad memories of earlier school years. His mother says of having to have a private tutor in spite of school accommodations, " It's like taking your own medicine to the hospital." Read the article.

HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM. Kids with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders can respond well to intensive, five-week, five-day-a-week intervention, according to a study. From a report on the study: "Following the 5-week program, children in the treatment group demonstrated significantly higher scores on child measures of non-literal language skills and knowledge of appropriate social behaviors, as well as significantly higher parent-ratings for targeted and broader social skills and significantly lower ratings of autism symptoms compared to children in the control group." Read more.

ASD AND BULLYING. Recent study findings say that not only are kids with ASD more likely to be bullied, but that most of those bullied will suffer both short-term and long-term trauma from the incidents. Read more.

FMRi AND BIPOLAR DISORDER. Ever wonder how bipolar disorder affects brain activation patterns? A recent study tackled that issue and found that abnormal activation in manic and depressed patients was the result of different stimuli. Study subjects were shown happy faces, sad faces, or neutral faces, and activation patterns depended on the phase of the bipolar cycle. Find out more.

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