DECODING DYSLEXIA is the name of a national movement encouraging legislation to help serve kids with dyslexia. An article in the Chicago Tribune describes how it can work at the state level. The article describes how the law, a state's education code, educators, and parents must come together to effectively support early recognition and intervention for dyslexia. Find the article.
THEATER AS INTERVENTION. Vanderbilt University researchers have developed an intervention to teach communication skills to those on the autism spectrum. The intervention uses a theater platform along with typically developing peers to improve social perception and interaction skills. Find out more.
SHANGHAI SECRET. An observation by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman after visiting Shanghai and observing schools in action: "When you sit in on a class here and meet with the principal and teachers, what you find is a relentless focus on all the basics that we know make for high-performing schools but that are difficult to pull off consistently across an entire school system. These are: a deep commitment to teacher training, peer-to-peer learning and constant professional development, a deep involvement of parents in their children’s learning, an insistence by the school’s leadership on the highest standards and a culture that prizes education and respects teachers. Shanghai’s secret is simply its ability to execute more of these fundamentals in more of its schools more of the time." Interested in excellence in education? Read the column.
OCD, TOURETTE'S, GENETICS. An international research consortium led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Chicago has answered several questions about the genetic background of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome (TS), providing the first direct confirmation that both are highly heritable and also revealing major differences between the underlying genetic makeup of the disorders. OCD seems to be associated with a few chromosomes, Tourette's with many. Find out more.
CONCUSSIONS AND SCHOOL. Aside from the playing field, sustaining a concussion has impacts in the classroom. Concussed students may require accommodations and understanding on the part of educators. Read more in the MotherLode column in The New York Times.
TIPS FOR TEACHERS. Scholastic.com has an article with seven tips for teachers to help students on the spectrum get as good an education as possible and reach their potential. The tips cover dealing with parents, inclusion, setting expectations, and more. Find the article.
THE LABELING DEBATE is treated in a Q&A column at the site of The Child Mind Institute. The Q: son has separation anxiety; what about labeling if he sees "somebody"? The A: "Sometimes naming a problem is a good thing." Read more.
ADHD COMORBIDITY. ADDitude, under the theme "ADHD Rarely Travels Alone," describes 10 conditions that can show up with ADHD. Find them.
ADDITUDE WEBINAR. ON October 29, ADDitude presents a free webinar by Dr. Ned Hallowell titled "Live a Great Life with ADHD: Best Medical and Alternative Therapies." Topics are to include alternative treatments, ADHD-friendly foods and supplements, and brain training programs. Find out more.
NEED A DUE PROCESS HEARING? Or, need to express a complaint to the state? Wrightslaw, in the current Special Ed Advocate, offers advice on crafting effective letters to accomplish those goals. Find the newsletter.
SIX-WORD STORIES. The National Center for Learning Disabilities asked parents to submit stories of six words about their experience with LDs. Almost 1800 people responded. The winner: "Family motto, 'label jars, not people.'" Lots of the entries will resonate with parents and educators of twice-exceptional children. Your can find the stories at the NCLD website.
GOT A YOUNG BUSINESS-PERSON? The Fairholme Foundation has announced the launch of the third year of competition for the Warren Buffett Secret Millionaires Club "Grow Your Own Business Challenge." The national online competition is open to kids 7-14, who are invited to create a new business idea. The competition launched on October 22 and ends on January 31, 2014. In May of 2014, five individuals and three team finalists in the competition will be flown to Omaha, Nebraska, to present their winning ideas to Mr. Buffett and a panel of VIP judges. One Grand Prize individual and members of one Grand Prize team will each be awarded $5,000. Find out more.