Friday, February 14, 2014

News, Resources for Twice Exceptionality

SID CEASAR has died, and, for anyone old enough to remember his comic genius, there were a couple interesting anecdotes in his obit. He was evidently three years old before he started talking. And one of his earliest teachers once called Caesar "one of the dumbest pupils I ever had." Interesting, huh? Read the obit.

ADHD MEDS, PEDIATRIC STROKE are not linked, according to a new study. The study covered stimulant med use in 2.5 million kids. So you can rest easy on that one, maybe. (Plenty of other thinks to worry about, though.) Read more.

MULTIPLE MEDS is the topic of an article at the site of the Child Mind Institute. If your bright young person is on meds for more than one condition, you might want to check out the article.

TEEN STRESS -- lots of it, and not handling it well. That's the gist of an article in USA Today. The paper reports on a survey by the American Psychological Association indicating that more than half of teens feel moderate levels of stress, and that they're at risk of physical and emotional problems as adults if the pattern continues. Read more.

GUYS: BIGGER BRAINS. (But whether they use them well is another issue.) Researchers reviewing two decades of neuroscience conclude that males have brains that are 8 to 13 percent larger, on average, than females. But there are certain regions of the brain where females tend to have larger brain volume. One researcher is quoted as saying, "The sex differences in the limbic system include areas often implicated in psychiatric conditions with biased sex ratios such as autism, schizophrenia, and depression. This new study may therefore help us understand not just typical sex differences but also sex-linked psychiatric conditions." Find out more. Separately, scientists have identified a gene linking brain structure to intelligence, according to a write-up at Science Daily. In some teens, a particular gene causes a thinner cerebral cortex, resulting in lower performance on tests of intellectual ability. Go to Science Daily.

MATH, ART, MUSIC -- beauty in those pursuits activates the same brain region. People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty. Read more.

LD IN COLLEGE. Reveal it? Accept help? Those are questions facing college students who have learning disorders. An article at The Hechinger Report examines the choices students make, and their consequences. Find the article.

DYSLEXIA AND VIDEO GAMES. Apparently video games may help improve concentration and reading in dyslexics. It's based on "cross-sensory shift of attention." Find out more.

LD ONLINE focuses on social-emotional considerations for students with LDs and ADHD in its most recent newsletter. One article is on facilitating success for kids with language-based LDs; another on social-emotional problems related to dyslexia. Find the newsletter.

BULLYING is the topic of an upcoming webinar from SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. The event is on February 20 at 7:30pm ET in the US. Fee: $40. Find more details.

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