Monday, February 18, 2013

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

IDEA, PARENTS' RIGHTS. A New York Times article provides a primer on ways to make sure a child with an LD is getting the help needed, such as an IEP. The article offers tips on communicating with the school, parents' rights, and "thinking creatively." Special ed attorney Peter Wright is quoted in the article. Find the article

JUST FOUND. An article last fall in a University of Iowa publication featured Megan Foley Nicpon, an occasional contributor to 2e Newsletter, and her team's research into gifted children with AD/HD. The team performed a study which found that gifted kids with AD/HD are twice as likely as typical gifted peers to have lower self-esteem, perceive their own behavior less positively, and be less happy overall. On the other hand, the subjects with AD/HD "felt just as smart, popular, and self-reliant as their gifted peers without AD/HD," according to the publication. Find it

SOCIAL THERAPY FOR AUTISM.  Yale University researchers have found that Pivotal Response Treatment, a therapy to improve social engagement of kids on the spectrum, is correlated to brain changes that indicate the children are better processing social stimuli, based on fMRI results. Find out more

ALL KIDS EXCEPTIONAL? If you're on LinkedIn, there's an interesting current discussion started by the questions, "What if we focus on the child's needs and consider them all exceptional? Do you think labels get in the way?" The discussion currently has 115 comments covering both LDs and twice-exceptionality. Find the discussion. (You might have to join the CEC group on LinkedIn to access it.)

RESOURCE. Landmark College, in Vermont, caters to college-capable kids who have learning challenges such as AD/HD, ADD, dyslexia, etc. The college has established an "ask the experts" site where one may query professionals from the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training on issues such as those. Current Q&A covers academic writing, whether dyscalculia is real, executive function, and more. Find the site

HORMEL SYMPOSIUM. The Fifth Annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium is scheduled for June 10-13 in Austin, Minnesota. Intended for educators, counselors, administrators, and parents, A number of the sessions will deal with 2e-related topics. Find out more

NCLD now has a presence on Pinterest, an online "pinboard" where members can share items of interest on given topics. NCLD's board is here; you can find out more about it at the NCLD site

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