Friday, September 20, 2013

News and Resources from 2e Newsletter

DYLEXIA, ESTEEM -- low esteem, that is. An educational consultant offers five tips for combating the low esteem that can accompany dyslexia in a young person, tips such as "special time," developing problem-solving skills, and more. Find the tips.

DYSLEXIE is a typeface to help individuals with word and letter recognition. It's available for online and computer-based media. The typeface has been subjected to research on its effectiveness, according to MedicalDaily.com. Find out more.

e-READERS: GOOD FOR DYSLEXICS. A study at Landmark School in Boston indicates that students with dyslexia can improve comprehension and speed through the use of an e-reader, where only a few words per line are displayed. This type of assistance would apparently benefit those with visual attention deficit, about one third of dyslexics. Find out more.

NAGC NEWS. Tracy Cross is the new president of NAGC; George Betts is the new president-elect. Find out more. Separately, NAGC's fall series of "Webinars on Wednesday" is underway; go here to see if any of these fee-based webinars are of interest to you.

GOT A SHY KID? "Listen," says a health and science writer in The New York Times. Apparently, half of the kids in the U.S. describe themselves as shy, and the writer offers tips for helping a shy child feel comfortable with him- or herself. Read more. Separately, the same section of The Times has an article describing how "children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape." An expert quoted in the article suggests that to get fit children should engage in at least an hour a day of vigorous activity. Read more.

NUTS! Nuts and fish (and the omega-3 fatty acids they contain) can help improve reading, improve memory tests, and improve behavior, according to an Oxford University study; read more, and be content in your knowledge until the next, contradictory study on the topic comes out (on September 25).

ADHD? OR NARCISSISM? In The Atlantic, a writer makes a case that we're mistaking ADHD for "normal" childhood narcissism, which he defines as four tendencies:
  1. Overconfident self-appraisals
  2. Craving recognition from others
  3. Expressions of personal entitlement
  4. Underdeveloped empathy.
Read the article and see what you think.

ADHD AND WRITTEN EXPRESSION. ADDitude offers a slide-show titled "The Write Stuff: Helping Your Child with Written Expression." If that's an issue in your house or in your classroom, check it out.

NCLD. A recent email from the National Center for Learning Disabilities notes that Congress has cut funding from IDEA, and the amounts differ from state to state. You can find out how much your state lost. The email requests input from readers on how these cuts have affected children in your family, information to be used in advocacy with Congress. Find the letter.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. Wondering how electronic technology affects families? An article at the site of the Child Mind Institute addresses that topic in a review of the book The Big Disconnect. The book describes the differences in experiencing virtually and in real life, and some of the consequences on our children. Read more.

AUTISM INFOGRAPHIC. Aria Cahill contacted us with a link to an infographic on autism she has developed, with information about autism's prevalence, symptoms, economic costs, and comparisons to ADHD. Find the infographic.

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