Tuesday, July 16, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

TODDLER TANTRUMS? Maybe it's not ODD or the new label Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, but simply not enough sleep. A recent study linked behavior problems to lack of sleep -- to less than 9.4 hours of sleep a night, to be precise. (The nightly average for four-year-olds in the US is 10.5 hours, evidently.) Read more.

BRAIN WAVE DIAGNOSIS FOR ADHD? The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has approved an EEG-based device, the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid, to help clinicians be more certain in their diagnoses of ADHD. The device measure theta and beta brain waves, and the results are intended to be used on conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as behavioral questionnaires. Some clinicians are skeptical, according to The New York Times. Read more.

SPATIAL REASONING ABILITY can predict, along with intelligence tests, later creativity and innovation and accomplishment. A longitudinal study dating to the late 1970s tracked very intelligent young people based on their SAT scores at age 13 and their spatial reasoning ability at that same age. According to a study write-up, "...spatial ability at 13 yielded additional predictive power, suggesting that early spatial ability contributes in a unique way to later creative and scholarly outcomes, especially in STEM domains." Find out more.

AUTISM DIAGNOSIS. Early intervention with autistic kids pays off, and early intervention depends on early diagnosis. A Vanderbilt University research program trained community pediatricians in Tennessee on autism diagnosis. Participating pediatricians were able to better screen for and diagnose autism with accuracy rivaling specialists. Read more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. Today's webinar on "erasing math anxiety" is full, but the session will be recorded and posted at the site of Dyslexic Advantage and on YouTube. Find out more.

BELIN BLANK. To commemorate 25 years of programming and support for high-ability students, the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has produced and released a video. You may find it on YouTube.

WRIGHTSLAW, for its Summer School 2013, is presenting a four-part series on becoming a special ed advocate. If you're the parent of a twice-exceptional child, those could be skills that are useful to you. Find out more at Wrightslaw.

SENG. To observe National Parenting Gifted Children Week (July 21-27), SENG is offering four free webinars next Monday through Thursday, a different webinar each day. Registration for these webinars was $40 each when they originated. Find the schedule in the SENGVine Newsletter.

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