Monday, July 29, 2013

News Items, Resources from the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

SPD: REAL. A couple weeks ago we noted the publication of research showing that sensory processing disorder apparently has a detectable neurological basis. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of the SPD Foundation, has issued a statement in reaction to that research. The statement reads in part, "“Dr. Mukherjee and Dr. Marco’s research is groundbreaking and provides the first biologic evidence that SPD is indeed a valid disorder, answering the claim of some that SPD is not a ‘real’ disorder. In the recent release of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (edition 5), the application of the SPD Scientific Workgroup to include SPD as a valid diagnosis was turned down. This new study suggests perhaps that the decision should be reconsidered.” Read the statement.

ADHD OVERDIAGNOSED? An article recently posted at Philly.com notes that ADHD is being diagnosed with increasing frequency, so that as many as one in five high school boys may have received such a diagnosis at one time. The writer, a clinician, offers several reasons for the increased diagnoses, including inappropriate evaluation and increased exposure to "environmental risk conditions for ADHD" -- a phrase we've not heard before but that can be a catch-all category for certain ADHD links we've blogged about in the past. Find the article.

CHILD PRODIGIES probably have extremely high working memory capabilities, as well as uneven cognitive profiles -- this according to a study of eight children published in the journal Intelligence. A review of the study provides a couple of profiles of the prodigies, along with patterns discovered by the researchers. For example, IQ scores ranged from 108 to 147; working memory was at the 99th percentile or better; and four of the prodigies have family members or close relatives with autism. The writer goes on to compare prodigies to savants and to speculate on the role of dedication and intensity in allowing prodigies to blossom. Find the review. And read another review of the same study in Time.

SEE THE TRAILER: "NEUROTYPICAL." Yep, that's right -- a broadcast billed as "an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves." It premiers on PBS today, July 29, and will apparently be available online through August 28. Find out more.

NEW RESEARCH INTO DYSLEXIA. A Binghamton University researcher has received a grant to perform a five-year study of children with and without dyslexia to try to identify types and degrees of the condition. Study participants will go from K through grade 4 with researchers collecting voluminous EEG data. In the Binghamton area? The researchers are looking for participants. Find out more.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has on its site an article titled "A Teacher's Guide to ADHD: What it is, and how you can help children who have it." That sums it up. Check it out if you're an educator looking for tips.

BIPOLAR DEPRESSION. "Among youths with bipolar spectrum disorder, depressive symptoms more adversely affected their psychological functioning and quality of life than did manic symptoms," according to a study widely quoted on the web. Depression, not mania, predicted negative outcomes for the 54 study group members, average age of 9. Read more.

PRUFROCK PODCAST. Through iTunes, Prufrock Press has launched a second podcast, this on differentiating instruction in a mixed ability classroom. Find it.

EIDE WEBINAR. A video of a presentation by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide is available at YouTube. It's titled, "A Critical Review of the Neurobiology and Co-Morbidity of Learning Disorders," and addresses dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. Watch it.

UNWINDING AUTISM is a series of presentations from July 11 to August 3 from doctors, therapists, educators, and others with something to contribute on the topic. Rich Weinfeld, one of the presenters, pointed us to this site, which says that registration is free. Find out more.

LINKEDIN. If you're on LinkedIn, there are a couple current, lively discussions that might interest you. One is on the use of IEPs, or alternatives, especially for kids with ADHD or executive function issues; find it. The other also concerns organization difficulties and whether they should be "seen as a distinctive disorder that needs specific intervention"; find it.

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