Thursday, May 30, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

STIMULANT MEDS, DRUG ABUSE -- no link. That's the conclusion of a recently published study. Meds like Ritalin apparently do not correlate (positively or negatively) to later abuse of alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine. Find out more at The New York Times or at Science Daily.

SLEEP IN ADHD. Sleep consolidates emotional memories in healthy children but not in children with ADHD, according to a recently published study. The study suggests these deficits in sleep-related emotional processing may exacerbate emotional problems experienced in the daytime by children with ADHD. Read more.

HOURS IN CLASS. Do more hours in the classroom lead to better learning? Two recent articles suggest not. One article, in Edutopia, describes the New Zealand educational system, which mandates fewer class hours and fosters more teacher collaboration. The other article, at TwinCities.com, contends that the quality of instruction is more important than the quantity.

DR. JUDY WEBINAR. Judy Willis, educator and physician, and sometime contributor to 2e Newsletter, is offering a free webinar on June 6. The topic: increasing students' reading motivation. Find out more.

THE DSM won't go away from this blog, in spite of a comment we made last week. The Child Mind Institute has posted an article about the changes most relevant to children. The article discusses the new diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, changes in the autism diagnosis, and more. Find the article.

ADHD INSPIRATION FOR GIRLS? ADDitude has posted a story titled "Winning Women," profiling six successful women with ADHD. The women include a radio personality, a software developer, two entrepreneurs, an HR professional, and a psychiatrist. Find the article.

GIFTED RESOURCE. A university in the UK has founded a social networking site called a "thinking teenager's Facebook" for gifted kids. It's called IGGY, the International Gateway for Gifted Youth, and is intended for 13- to 18-year-olds who perform in the top five percent. Applicants must be recommended by a teacher or academic expert, according to an article in the UK Independent. Read the article; or go to the IGGY site.

AND FINALLY, THIS. "You are what you eat" takes on new meaning with a study showing that ingested gut bacteria can affect the functioning of the brain. The bacteria in probiotic yogurt affected the way test subjects' brains responded to an emotional visual stimulus and also the way the brains operated at rest. Read more.

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