Monday, June 24, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

BOYS, BEHAVIOR AND EDUCATION. A female middle-school teacher noticed that she disciplined boys more than girls, usually for behavior issues. From that observation, she segues into how to engage boys in learning, citing sources and giving examples. If you're raising or teaching twice-exceptional boys, you might be interested in this article. Read it.

DYSLEXIC MENSAN. A Colorado news organization writes about a man who discovered at 70 that he was dyslexic, and then discovered at age 76 that his intelligence is in the 99.6 percentile. He had dropped out of high school before graduation, thinking he'd never be able to pass final exams. Later, in the Air Force, he discovered that he loved teaching, and was good at it. Read the article to find out more about this twice-exceptional person who found success.

MAX, SON OF MEL Brooks and Anne Bancroft, has "the stature and frenetic affect of his father," writes The New York Times. He also has anxiety issues... and dyslexia. The younger Brooks has written a book, The Zombie Survival Guide, skits for Saturday Night Live, and the book on which the movie "W.W.Z." is based. Read more.

DEBORAH RUF RIFFS against same-age classrooms in a blog at her TalentIgniter website, noting how while we typically relate best to those within 12 IQ points of us, a typical same-age classroom has an IQ spread of 70 to 80 points. Ruf concludes, "School is not a very happy time or place for many, many bright children." Read the blog and subsequent reader comments.

MINDFULNESS TRAINING in children can reduce symptoms of low-grade depression, according to a British study. Find a write-up of the study.

AUTISM, GLUTEN. Columbia University Medical Center researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism, according to a news release from the university. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies and the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms in the affected children. They did not find any connection, however, between the elevated antibodies and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder known to be triggered by gluten. Find the release.

AUTISM RESOURCE. Autism Speaks funded the creation of a tool kit called "Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use." The purpose of the tool kit is to make sure that families and healthcare providers have information necessary to choose safe and effective meds for kids with autism. Find out more.

BRAIN MAVENS: TED Talks has "bundled" eight presentations on brain-related subjects ranging from "The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain" to brain plasticity to "the quest to understand human consciousness." Find them.

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