ADHD TRAINING PROGRAMS are ineffective, according to a psychology professor who analyzed the data involving 25 studies of those programs. The programs are supposed to help improve cognitive abilities, academics, or behavior. One note: the analysis seems to indicate that training programs can help short-term memory, but not working memory, a deficit in ADHD kids. Read more.
BIOFEEDBACK FOR ASD. A researcher at the Rochester Institute of Technology has developed a method for helping people with ASD regulate the "fight or flight" mechanism, among other things. The method employs biofeedback and hypnosis. One of the uses of the treatment model is helping students with ASD at the Institute develop coping skills. Find out more.
TEENS, SOCIAL MEDIA. An article at the site of the Child Mind Institute explores the effect of social media on teens, in particular on their anxiety and self-esteem. The article offers tips for parents for minimizing the risks to children associated with social media. Find the article.
NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS EDIT BOOK. Katharina Boser and Sarah Wayland, both of whom have contributed to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, have edited, along with Matthew Goodwin, a book titled Technology Tools for Students With Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning. Amazon calls the book “in-depth guided tour of technologies that support learners with autism and help them fully participate in their classroom and community.” Find out more from the publisher.
VIDEO GAMES is a recurrent topic in this blog -- are they bad, good, neutral? Today, November 27, the Diane Rehm show on NPR addresses the impact of video games on mental health; find the discussion. Coincidentally, two days ago a review of research published by the American Psychological Association concluded, "Playing video games, including violent shooter games, may boost children’s learning, health and social skills." Find out more about that review.
AUTISM WEBINAR. On December 10, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is offering a free webinar titled "Autism: Progress and Promise for the Future." The highly credentialed presenter is Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., primary author of the DSM IV's section on autism and PDD. Find out more.
SENGINAR. The title of a December 3 webinar by SENG is "It Takes More than Cheering from the Sidelines: Supporting Gifted Students in Competitions." From the blurb: "Discuss strategies for supporting gifted and talented students who are competing in academic, artistic, leadership, and service-related competitions as individuals or in teams. Preparing students for competitions and working with them after the event are as important as cheering them on as they compete." Find out more.
ART AND SMART. A study involving exposure to art was able to find a causal link -- not just a correlation -- between arts education and outcomes such as strong critical thinking skills, social tolerance, and historical empathy -- not to mention a taste for art museums. Find out how researchers determined this link.
AND FINALLY, THIS. You probably know, if you've followed links from this blog, that some of the items we link to are press releases. In the case of research-related items, those releases are usually from universities or research institutions. We point to what we believe are reliable sources. However, a cartoon called xkcd recently touched on the topic of press releases, prompting us to make explicit the sources of some of our news. Find the cartoon -- and, hopefully, get a laugh.