Friday, August 30, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

DAVIDSON FELLOWS ANNOUNCED. The Davidson Institute has named 20 high-achieving young people as 2013 Davidson Fellows. According to the Institute, the Davidson Fellows program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music and philosophy. The Davidson Fellows scholarship program has provided more than $5.3 million in scholarship funds to 226 Fellows since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report. Find out more about the Fellows and their achievements.

ADHD: LESS IN UK. A new study suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD in the United Kingdom than in the U.S. On the other hand, in the U.K. more children are diagnosed with ASD. The researchers suggest that cultural factors are to blame, and also the "destygmatization" of ASD. Read more.

AUSTISM, ENZYMES. Problems with a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases can affect the genetic machinery behind brain development and potentially lead to ASD, according to recent research. If the enzymes are inhibited, as they are by certain chemicals, the risk of ASD being expressed increases. The explanation of the cause and effect is a little complex, but you can read it here. Separately, another study of more than 2,700 mothers of children with autism shows that about one in 10 mothers have antibodies in their bloodstream that react with proteins in the brain of their babies. Some of these antibodies may pass into the fetus' brains, possibly causing autism. Find out more.

ASD AND CUES. Yet another study indicates that children with high-functioning autism may outgrow some social communication difficulties, for example integrating auditory and visual cues associated with speech. The lead study author says, "It suggests that the neurophysiological circuits for speech in these children aren't fundamentally broken and that we might be able to do something to help them recover sooner." Read more.

RESOURCE: DISEASE INFOSEARCH. A website called DiseaseInfosearch.org provides basic information on thousands of conditions, along with pointers to advocacy organizations, symptoms/disease/treatment, clinical trial information, scientific literature, and even recommended apps. We entered a few of the conditions relevant to the 2e community and got hits -- so consider checking it out as you research your favorite exceptionality. Try it out.

LD IN COLLEGE. US News has published an article titled "Succeed in College as a Learning Disabled Student." It provides tips for making the college experience easier -- such as having documentation about the LD, and communicating with stakeholders such as roommates and professors about the LD. Find the article.

VISION, DYSLEXIA. The International Dyslexia Association has posted a statement about false claims for dyslexia treatment, specifically that ChromaGen colored lenses have been approved by the FDA for treating dyslexia. Not true, says the association, which then goes on to list several sources of information about vision problems versus dyslexia. Find the statement.

AUTISM SPEAKS RESOURCES. This organization has announced scholarship funding to help colleges and programs help students with autism. The organization notes that about one third of young people with ASD attend college. Another resource announced is a free Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide. The organization says, "This new tool aims to give these families an inside look into the numerous opportunities available to their young adults after high school. It covers a wide range of topics including the various types of learning environments at different educational institutions, the transition programs and support services available to them and information about life on campus. The Guide also includes peer-to-peer advice and recommendations for parents." Find out more about these resources.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. On Wednesday, September 4, ADDitude is sponsoring a free webinar titled "Alternative Therapy: Using Mindfulness to Manage ADHD Symptoms." The presenter is psychiatrist Lidia Zylowska. Find out more.

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