Monday, April 22, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

LD PREVALENCE. Up to 10 percent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to two or three pupils in every classroom, according to a new article. The article also notes that specific learning disabilities also co-occur for more often that would be expected. As, for example, in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 33 to 45 percent also suffer from dyslexia and 11 percent from dyscalculia. And remember that SLDs do not include conditions such as ADHD and Asperger's. Read more.

SIR RICHARD BRANSON offered his opinions on education and dyslexia to the BBC recently. In terms of education, he called for a more enterprise-related curriculum. About dyslexia, the billionaire said, "I just don't think people who are dyslexic need worry because they are often really good at other things." Find the the interview.

THERAPIES. An article at the site of NCLD throws cold water on the use of sensory integration therapy or movement therapy in treating LDs or ADHD. The article uses the words "no data" in explaining its conclusion. Find out more.

AUTISM AND TECH JOBS is the topic of a story at NPR, which notes that high-functioning young people may find success in the tech field because of hyper-focus. The story also notes a Texas school that trains kids on the spectrum for jobs ranging from programming to 3-D modeling. Read more.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has two upcoming events of interest, both streamed live for those unfortunate enough not be be able to live or work in Manhattan. One is "Anxiety Disorder in the Classroom: Treatment and Diagnosis," on April 23 at 8-9am EDT; find out more. Another is "Depression in the Classroom: Treatment and Diagnosis," on April 30, same time; find out more.

ADDITUDE has an upcoming free webinar titled "Clutter Cures: ADD-Friendly Answers for At-Home Chaos" scheduled for April 25 at 1pm EDT. Attendees may post questions beforehand. Find out more. Separately, ADDitude has announced seven new bloggers, four of whom will blog on topics of interest to parents and three on topics of interest to adults with ADHD. Meet the bloggers.

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