Wednesday, August 28, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

DISLECKSIA: THE MOVIE. A 2009 documentary on the topic of dyslexia is to be re-released for showings in October to help observe National Dyslexia Awareness Month, according to industry publication Variety. The film includes interviews with prominent dyslexics and advocates; covers schools for children with dyslexia; and covers research that was current at the time. Find out more at Wikipedia or at the film's website.

LD FOR PREMIES? Not so, says a new study -- at least for those born slightly early, between 34 and 37 weeks. A report at DailyRx.com says that the incidence of LD or ADHD is not higher in babies born in the 34- to 37-week window than in those born full term. Find out more.

AUTISTIC TRAITS WITH ADHD. Researchers analyzing 469 children found that kids with ADHD were more likely than typically developing kids to show traits of autism. And, according to a write-up of the study, "Children with ADHD and autistic traits were significantly more impaired in psychopathology, interpersonal, school, family, and cognitive domains than those with autistic traits and without ADHD." Read more.

ADHD, OMEGA-3. A new study shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce ADHD symptoms -- at least in mice. The effect is greater in guy rats than girl rats. The fatty acids also affected brain chemistry. Researchers cautioned about translating the results to humans, so it may be a little early to try this at home. Read more.

MEDIA, VIOLENCE LINKED? This is a hot button with us because of the tendency of young people -- especially ADHD young people, especially guys, and especially young, curious, gifted people -- to be engaged by media "stories," whether through games or movies or TV. An article in The New York Times examines the issue of whether violence in the media leads to violence in real life. From the article: "There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior — a link found by many scholars to be on par with the correlation of exposure to secondhand smoke and the risk of lung cancer." Concerned about this issue? Find the article.

TAMARA FISHER parses "same" and "equal" when it comes to education, especially gifted ed; her assertions also apply to the education of twice-exceptional children -- indeed, of all children. Three quotes from her blog on this topic:

  • Treating all learners as the same does not acknowledge their equal value as learners. 
  • Treating students as equals means acknowledging each one has equal value as a learner.
  • Denying some students what they need as learners simply because they are not the same as other learners robs them of their inherent state of being equal by ignoring their value as a learner.
Find her blog.

NCLD has posted "Seven Facts about Learning Disabilities and Written Expression." If your child or student is having difficulties with written expression, the article might be of interest; check it out.

DYSLEXIA WEBINAR. On Thursday, August 28, Dyslexic Advantage is hosting a webinar titled "Teaching Math to Dyslexic Students." Registration is required; a donation is requested. Find out more.

SOMETHING MORE TO WORRY ABOUT. We write often about taking care of the brain, so the following item was particularly disturbing. Apparently there are freshwater amoeba that can in rare cases infect and severely damage the brain. There is a new and apparently effective treatment, but this knowledge brings new meaning to the old phrase, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..." If you feel the need to self-induce more worry, go here.

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