Friday, May 10, 2013

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

MORE ON NIMH, DSM. Time Magazine has posted an article describing the National Institute of Mental Health's apparent break with DSM categories and diagnostic guidelines. The NIH is seeking a more science-based approach to classification. Find the article, and find out more about what this means for psychiatrists.

HOW RITALIN WORKS. A review of imaging studies of Ritalin (methylphenidate) shows that the drug appears to "normalize" activity in certain brain areas in children who have ADHD. The areas are diverse, and include the frontal lobes, basal ganglia, and cerebellum. Affected areas control inhibitory responses, selective attention, and time perception. Find out more.

DYSLEXIA: GENDER DIFFERENT. Researchers neuroscientists have found significant differences in brain anatomy when comparing men and women with dyslexia to their non-dyslexic control groups, suggesting that the disorder may have a different brain-based manifestation based on gender. According to the researchers, less gray matter volume is found in male dyslexics in areas of the brain used to process language. Less gray matter volume is found in female dyslexics in areas involved in sensory and motor processing. Find a write-up of the study.

SENG-BASED COURSE ON PARENTING 2e KIDS. A four-session course on parenting twice-exceptional children is being offered by the Oak Park Unified School District GATE Advisory Council in southern California. Beginning May 15, the course will use James Webb's book A Parent's Gide to Gifted Children. Find out more at Google Docs or from Judy Wiener, the course leader; JudyWiener@gmail.com.

NEW BOOK. Temple Grandin's new book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, has been released. Amazon calls it "A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate." Find out more.

WRIGHTSLAW SALE. Through May 15, Wrightslaw is offering 25 percent off materials on its website. If you're a fan -- or if you need advocacy resources -- check out the sale.

SENGINAR. May 14th is the date of a SENG webinar titled "Families with Gifted GLBTQ Youth." Presenters are Terry Friedrichs, Ph.D., Ed.D., and Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Friedrichs is a contributor to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. Find out more.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. May 14 is the date for a free ADDitude webinar called "Treating ADHD Across the Life Cycle." Dr. Steven Dickstein, of the Child Mind Institute, is the presenter. Find out more.

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