Monday, March 25, 2013

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

JAY MATHEWS, education columnist at the Washington Post, yesterday actually mentioned "gifted and learning disabled" in his column -- but it was an aside in a piece in which he questioned the value of gifted programs. Mathews wrote, "there is little proof that designated gifted children are getting much more than they would get in any well-taught classroom." He notes that many unconventional gifted students might not be identified and included in gifted programs, and also likes the idea that good schools will offer challenging course to any student who wants to take them -- not just the gifted. Read the column.

THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted a success story titled "Late Bloomer: How Getting an IEP in High School Helped Me Succeed." A young woman describes how getting an IEP as a junior in high school helped her eventually graduate magna cum laude from college. Find the story.

PEDIATRIC BIPOLAR DISORDER hospital stays soared 434 percent between 1997 and 2010, Family Practice News reports. See more stats on the disorder.

AUDIOBOOKS can help students with receptive disorders such as dyslexia 
greatly improve their math abilities. A spokesperson for Learning Ally, formerly Recordings for the Blind, stated, “Results like these support the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and validate that providing content in multiple means makes it accessible for all students, truly leveling the playing field." Read more.

PARENTING TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL KIDS was the topic of a seminar presented recently by Megan Foley Nicpon at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. CTD says that the slides from the presentation are now available at the CTD website; find them.

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