Monday, May 13, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

DBS AND OCD. A recent study has shown that deep brain stimulation can help severe cases of OCD, and has also given some indication of how it helps. The study combined DBS with imaging techniques that showed brain activity, so researchers could see how the stimulation changed activity in the brain. The trick, evidently, was to use the magnetic imaging in a way that wouldn't interfere with the stimulation. Stimulation appears to decrease cross-talk and communication between the brain's nucleus accumbens and the frontal cortex. Find out more.

MORE ON DSM-5. A psychiatrist and author asserts that practicing psychiatrists will view the release of a new DSM as a "nonevent," but that "the same cannot be said for other institutions — insurance companies, state and government agencies, and even the courts — which will continue to imbue the DSM with a precision and an authority it does not have." If you have a child whose condition might require special services in school or insurance coverage, you might want to check out this article.

AUTISM AND THE THEATER. While movie theaters across the country occasionally hold special screenings for autistic and other sensory-sensitive audiences, a live theater company in Chicago offered what they called “Chicago's first autism-friendly live theater performance.” Held by the companies of Chicago Children's Theater and Red Moon Theater, the production was titled "Diving In." Read more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. Dr. Fernette Eide of Dyslexic Advantage is offering a free webinar on May 22 -- a dyslexia Q&A. The website says that class size is limited. Check it out at the site of Dyslexic Advantage.

TED TALK ON EDUCATION. If you like your edification laced with humor, check out a recent TED talk on education in the U.S., and how in spite of high spending we have a dropout crisis and an epidemic of disengagement. The speaker is Sir Ken Robinson, and he discusses individual differences that affect learning; innate curiosity; the point of education (getting people to learn, not just passing on information); standardized testing; and how countries like Finland succeed educationally. It's a 20-minute talk, but if you can't spend the time to laugh along, there's also a transcript. Find the talk.

TRANSITIONS. The U.S. government is holding a two-week, online dialog on the topic of transition outcomes for those with disabilities, according to Disability Scoop. This sounds like an opportunity for parents of young people with LDs (or the young people themselves) to bring up "regulatory and legislative barriers that young people with disabilities are facing in accessing employment, education, Social Security and health and human services." Find out more. (Thanks to subscriber Tammie for pointing this out to us.)

AUTISM SPEAKS has posted coverage of "the latest developments from the International Meeting for Autism Research," If Asperger's or autism is a matter of interest in your home or classroom, you might be interested in the coverage; find it.

MORNINGSTAR has an article on its site called "College-planning Tips for Special Needs Families." While some of topics do not concern parents of twice-exceptional kids, much of the article is about 529 plans as a way to save for college. Find the article.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. Remember that this organization records some if its live, Manhattan-delivered workshops on topics of interest to the 2e community. You can see what's available at the moment by visiting www.childmind.org/en/workshop-series/ and checking to see if there is a "view recorded events" link under each of the major topics there (ADHD, Learning and Development, Pediatric Psychopharmacology, and so forth).

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