Monday, June 17, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e; Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

TANTRUM OR DISORDER? If you've had the privilege of dealing with a strong-willed twice-exceptional child, chances are you've wondered during an outburst, "Is this normal?" The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in the U.S. has now added a new disorder: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. An article at livescience.com notes that the new disorder "has prompted protests that psychiatrists are turning a normal part of childhood into a mental disorder," but that "proponents say it will address the skyrocketing rate of another diagnosis that is leading to the inappropriate use of powerful medications on children." Read the article and decide for yourself. Separately, if you're not yet tired of the news about the new DSM, an article at sciencenews.com covers not only reaction to the fifth edition but also information about alternative classification systems, such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the National Institute of Mental Health's efforts to explore more biology-based classification. Find the article.

GENES, NICOTINE, AND DYSLEXIA. A recent study at the Yale School of Medicine has identified genetic variants that predispose children to dyslexia. If this interests you, you're going to have to read the article, but here's a hint: the genetics involve a READ1 gene regulator on the DCDC2 gene and another gene called KIAA0319. And the nicotine? An earlier study by this group of researchers linked prenatal exposure to nicotine to problems in reading and language processing. Find the study write-up.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. The ADDitude webinar last week with Dr. Larry Silver titled "Understanding Comorbid Conditions Associated with ADHD" has been recorded and is available, along with the webinar slides, at the ADDitude website.

EDUCATION WEEK WEBINAR. Education Week is hosting a free webinar on personalized learning, as enabled by technology. Since personalized learning -- individualized instruction -- is commonly seen as very beneficial for twice-exceptional students, this webinar might be of interest. Note however, an Education Week disclaimer that it is serving only as host and that "the opinions expressed in [the] webinar are those of the sponsor and do not reflect the opinion of or constitute an endorsement by Editorial Projects in Education or any of its publications." Registration is required. Find out more.

HARRY POTTER FANS. Those in the Millennial Generation, born 1982-2002, who were Harry Potter fans and read the books in the series apparently have characteristics that differ from "typically developing" [ :-) ] readers. Whether there's causation involved is open to question, but a study contends that "readers of the seven-book series and viewers of the movie franchise tend be more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; more politically active; and are more likely to have a negative view of the Bush administration." Find out more.

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