Friday, August 16, 2013

News Items from the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

STOMACH PAIN, ANXIETY. Researchers believe that children with chronic stomachaches are at higher risk of anxiety disorders as they grow older. Of kids with pain and no clear medical explanation, about half later developed symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Find out more at Reuters or at The New York Times. Separately, for a gross cartoon that illustrates stomachache without anxiety, see Baby Blues for August 16th.

YOU KNEW THIS: Adolescents with ADHD are at higher risk for motor vehicle accidents than their typically developing peers, who in turn don't have exactly a great record. A simulator experiment found that distractions from a cell phone or texting especially affected driving performance in these kids. Read more.

GIFTED HOMESCHOOLERS FORUM is now making its periodic newsletter available to nonmembers. Find it. Or, visit their site to find other resources.

WRIGHTSLAW now has posted Part 2 of "Summer School 2013" on advocacy. Find it.

ADDITUDE has an article of possible interest on is site; it's on the possibility of dual diagnosis -- ADHD and ASD; find it. Separately, ADDitude is also explaining IEPs and 504 plans, and providing a slide show of 40 accommodations for ADHD students. Find out more.

RIGHT-BRAIN/LEFT-BRAIN -- NO MORE? Researchers at the University of Utah don't think the distinction is valid, saying that brain imaging shows no evidence for the label. While some brain functions do occur in one side or the other, the assumptions that some people use one side of their brain more, or that personality traits are linked to "brainedness," are not valid. Read more.

DYSLEXIA AND BRAIN STRUCTURE. How's your arcuate fasciculus? Brain scans show that it's evidently smaller and less organized in adults who have poor reading skills. The study opens up the possibility of an early detection of a predisposition to dyslexic-type problems, with resultant early intervention. Find out more.

NOT DEFICIENT -- DIFFERENT. That's the way a researcher describes her findings about superior math ability in some autistic children compared to non-autistic peers. According to an article on the study, "Images of the autistic children's brains while calculating math problems revealed a different pattern of activity than those of non-autistic children." Read more.

DYSCALCULIA: BIOLOGICALLY DRIVEN. A study of processing in elementary students with dyscalculia revealed that they seem to have a problem with the "internal representation of numbers." Researchers speculate that the deficit is biologically driven. Read more.

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