Thursday, February 21, 2013

News Items, Resources from 2e Newsletter

TV AND KIDS. A large study has shown that kids between 3 and 5 who watch less video with violent or aggressive content showed better behavior. That's not less TV overall -- just less "bad" content. Find out more. A separate study, however, indicates that too much TV per se for kids is linked to health and mental health issues later on -- and, interestingly, to a higher likelihood of a conviction or antisocial behaviors. Read more. Ah, Sarnoff, what have you wrought?

BRAIN MAP ACTIVITY PROJECT -- that's the name of a proposed decade-long effort to examine and map the human brain. The objectives: greater insights into the way the brain works; ways to understand how brain diseases work; and ways to find new therapies. Read more.

TREATMENT FOR CAPD. A Kansas State University program involving speech-language pathologists uses a variety of activities to try to improve auditory processing skills in kids with CAPD. Among those activities, according to a press release, are:
  • Phonemic training to address the brain's ability to process speech sounds
  • "Words in Noise" training to address the brain's ability to process speech with background noise
  • Phonemic synthesis training to address the brain's ability to process speech sounds across words.
Find out more.

BULLYING: LONG-TERM DAMAGE. Maybe it's a "duh" conclusion for you, but a study by researchers at Duke University shows that bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts. The longitudinal study involved 1270 children from 9 years into adulthood. Read more.

MULTILINGUALISM AND WORKING MEMORY. They're linked. Kids who are bilingual develop a better working memory, which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time. The lead researcher is quoted as saying, "The results of this study suggest that bilingualism does not only improve the working memory in an isolated way, but they affect the global development of executive functions, especially when they have to interact with each other." Read more.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN CHICAGO. 
Wolcott School, Chicago’s first high school for college-bound teens with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia, will open this fall at 524 N. Wolcott, northwest of the Loop. The school is now accepting applications from students who will be entering freshman and sophomore years in September 2013. Wolcott will feature a state-of-the-art learning environment, numerous extra-curricular activities, after-school programming, and a wide range of academic support services to foster individual strengths, cultivate confidence, and promote lifelong achievement, according to a press release. Class size will average about 10 students. The school's website is www.wolcottschool.org.

NCLD has posted an article called "Celebrities with Dyslexia and Other LDs," in case you happen to be looking for a story to inspire that great twice-exceptional kid you teach or raise. NCLD sums up the lesson to take away from the examples: "learning disabilities do not mean a lack of ability." Find the article.

WRIGHTSLAW has published the first of two issues of Special Ed Advocate dealing with RTI and how it can affect kids with LDs. The coverage should apply at least in part to kids who are twice-exceptional. Find the newsletter.

SOMETHING ELSE TO WORRY ABOUT. BBC reports on why we might want to pay attention to the discovery of the characteristics of the Higgs boson. According to one theory, a possible implication of the nature of the particle would be that "every so often all space is renewed." BBC puts it another way: "A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it." It won't happen before your twice-exceptional child is all grown up, but hey, it's never too early to start worrying. Read more.

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