Friday, November 22, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

NVLD: NOT THE SAME AS ASPERGER'S. A Michigan State University study has discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability may be different than those of other children, notably those with Asperger's or high-functioning autism, often confused with NVLD. Understanding the biological differences in children with learning and behavioral challenges could help lead to more appropriate intervention strategies. Read more.

INCIDENCE OF ADHD DIAGNOSIS. On November 22, the Centers for Disease Control released data indicating that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. About half of the children were diagnosed by 6 years of age. Find out more.

TANTRUMS AND MELT-DOWNS. The Child Mind Institute offers guidelines for handling tantrums in children. The Institute sees tantrums as a learned response to certain situations; so the challenge is, how do you get the child to unlearn that response. Find out how.

GENETICS, BRAIN FUNCTION, AND AUTISM. UCLA researchers have grouped  autism-risk genes by function, and identified when and where the genes affect brain development. According to the lead researcher, "“We need to figure out where genetic changes appear in the brain, at what stages during development and which biological processes they disrupt. Only then will we understand how mutations cause autism.” Read more.

CCSS AND IEPS are the topic of an upcoming online chat sponsored by Education Week. The topic covers part of the 2e equation, so parents and educators of 2e kids might be interested in this presentation. From the blurb for the event: "The Common Core State Standards mean big changes for teachers of students with disabilities, who face the challenge of providing grade-level content to students with disabilities through individualized education programs (IEPs). Experts Carol Kosnitsky, a New Hampshire-based special education consultant, and Barbara Van Haren, a director of special education in Pewaukee, Wis., have experience working with teachers who are learning how to weave core standards into IEPs. They will answer your questions on this vital topic." Find out more.

SENG HONOR ROLL The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted takes nominations from parents who want to recognize educators committed to helping gifted children and young adults. (Part of the recognition is a one-year subscription to 2e Newsletter, courtesy of us, because we support SENG's goals.) A minimum donation is required. If you're enthusiastic about the way a teacher has helped your young person, find out more.

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