Monday, December 9, 2013

News Items, Resources from 2e Newsletter

2e ABOUT TO GO MAINSTREAM -- in Los Angeles, at least. Bridges Academy, in the Studio City area, is readying an ad campaign to attract students to its campus and to perhaps give a new twist to the concept of "learning disabilities." The ads, developed pro bono by a New York agency, carry the theme "Educating the exceptional 2," where the "2" is in superscript (a new twist on the term "twice-exceptional"). The campaign is to use historical figures, including their names in this phrase: "After all, we could be teaching this generation's ________." According to The New York Times, the campaign also includes collateral material such as brochures and posters. Way to go, Bridges! Read more.

LONDON'S MAYOR, TWICE EXCEPTIONALITY. A writer in the UK Guardian, starting with comments about IQ made by London's mayor, Boris Johnson, segues to how pop psychology might see IQ but then launches into a discourse that includes cortical pruning, asynchrony, the Columbus Group, and over-excitabilities. The article rests briefly, explaining that twice exceptionality is more recognized in the U.S. than in the U.K., then pivots to include thoughts from James Webb on misdiagnosis and observations on gender differences in the brain. It's quite a trip for one column; find it. (And we still don't know exactly what the mayor said to prompt all this.)

DYSLEXIA. An article in the Los Angeles times concerning recent research says, "A faulty connection between where the brain stores the auditory building blocks of language and where it processes them may be to blame for dyslexia." Research imaging showed a weak connection between the speech area of the brain and the area that processes phonemes. Read more.

DYSLEXIA FACT SHEET. The International Dyslexia Association has published a fact sheet titled "Gifted and Dyslexic: Identifying and Instructing the Twice-Exceptional Student." Professor Jeff Gilger, who has contributed to 2e Newsletter, assisted in the preparation of the fact sheet. Find it

DUKE TO STUDY SMOKE, ADHD. Duke University has received funding to study the effect of secondhand cigarette smoke on ADHD, according to the university. While 76 percent of the risk of ADHD comes from genetic factors, the remainder comes from the environment. Environmental factors such as secondhand smoke can alter gene expression. Find out more.

1 comment:

Christine Broughal said...

Places like Bridges Academy provide a mixed blessing when it comes to raising awareness of the twice exceptional child. While the program sounds great and the advertising seems full of noble intentions, the extremely prohibitive price tag of $35K/yr with little financial aid available indicates a presumption that twice exceptionality is a condition exclusive to the extremely wealthy.