Thursday, February 14, 2013

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

AD/HD TREATMENT. Nine out of 10 young children with moderate to severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) continue to experience serious, often severe symptoms and impairment long after their original diagnoses and, in many cases, despite treatment, according to a federally funded multi-center study led by investigators at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In addition, children who had oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder in addition to AD/HD were 30 percent more likely to experience persistent AD/HD symptoms six years after diagnosis, compared with children whose sole diagnosis was AD/HD. Read the press release.

DWECK UPHELD. What psychologist Carol Dweck has been saying about praising effort versus traits is substantiated by a new study described at HealthDay.com. In examining the effects of parental praise, the researchers found that "in situations in which parents tended to praise actions more than a child's characteristics, the children reported having more positive attitudes toward challenges, were better able to come up with ways to overcome setbacks and believed that they could improve with hard work." Find out more.

MIX AND MATCH EDUCATION for the gifted is the topic of an article at Scholastic.com. The article describes how some school districts allow gifted students to study at home or a tutoring center, or even to take advanced classes at a community college. Read the article.

MUSIC AND THE BRAIN. Research done at Concordia University suggests that musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, and that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions. According to materials provided by the university, the study provides strong evidence that the years between ages six and eight are a “sensitive period” when musical training interacts with normal brain development to produce long-lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. Read more.

WRIGHTSLAW. The current edition of Special Ed Advocate is devoted to college for kids with LDs, including which colleges might be best, accommodations, and dealing with life post-IEP. Find the newsletter.

A NEW ZEALAND SITE on giftedness has a section on twice exceptionality, including materials on characteristics, methods of identifcation, strategies for teachers and families, SLDs, and resources. Find the site.

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