SUNSHINE, AD/HD -- they might be related. A study indicates that rates of AD/HD are lower in geographic regions of "solar intensity." This is a correlation -- not necessarily cause and effect -- but AD/HD expert Russell Barkley called the report "a very important paper." Find out more.
VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENCE. A study from Iowa State supposedly demonstrates a link between video game play and youth violence and delinquency. The study was able to determine that while video game exposure was not the sole cause of violence, it was a risk factor. Read more.
AUTISM REGISTRY. To encourage participation by families in clinical research, a group of academic medical centers has collaborated to launch an autism spectrum disorder sub-registry within ResearchMatch, a disease-neutral national database connecting patients with ongoing research. The new ASD sub-registry helps act as a matchmaker, linking families with autism researchers around the nation. Find out more.
ANXIETY AND DISRUPTIVE DISORDER. The Child Mind Institute has posted an article on how oppositional behavior or melt-downs may be caused by anxiety. The article says, "Anxiety manifests in a surprising variety of ways in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body's ability to either face danger or escape danger. So while some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation." Find it. Separately (but on a related topic) the Institute is offering a workshop this evening titled "You Make Me So Mad: Approaches to Understanding and Helping with Anger." We realize that most of our readers are not in Manhattan and so unable to attend in person, but the event will be streamed live and also available afterward. Find out more.
WRIGHTSLAW. Part 4 of the series on assessment is now posted, with a focus on understanding test scores; find it.
IEPs. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has posted a list of "Top 10 Things to Know about IEPs." Not sure if this is new material, but check it out.
DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. The March edition of DITD's eNews-Update is out, with news of the Intel Science Talent Search; a new administrator toolbox from NAGC; ability grouping; and more, including, possibly, gifted ed news from your state. Find the newsletter.
LINKEDIN NEWS. Belinda Seiger has announced on LinkedIn the opening of Great Minds Gifted and 2e Counseling and Resources in New Jersey. From Sieger's website: "As a psychotherapist working with gifted, talented and 2e persons for over two decades, I am thrilled to be offering counseling, resources and networking opportunities specifically for highly capable and talented individuals and family members of all ages! We also provide training, workshops and networking events for educators and mental health professionals on issues relevant to working with gifted and 2e individuals and families." Separately, author Barbara Esham has posted a link to a research article titled "Cortical Signatures of Dyslexia and Remediation: An Intrinsic Functional Connectivity Approach." It looks a little technical, but if helping a dyslexic kid is part of your job, go for it; find the article. Find Esham's LinkedIn page.