STRESS IN KIDS. According to a press release from the University of Florida, when children experience three or more stressful events, they are six times more likely to suffer from a mental, physical, or learning disorder than children who didn’t face these traumatic experiences. Chronic stress can trigger changes in a child's developing neuroendocrine and immune systems that lead to poor control of the stress response and a reduced ability to resist disease, the researchers said. Read more.
EXERCISE AND LEARNING. A blog post at Edutopia covers the benefits of regular physical exercise for children. Among those benefits are improved on-task behavior -- more focus on learning. Other benefits may include improved memory, better concentration, and a more positive outlook. Find the post.
NCLD e-NEWSLETTERS. Find a couple e-newsletters from NCLD concerning children's learning and mental health:
- NCLD's "Three Things to Know," with articles on key ADHD symptoms, ADHD myths, and brain chemistry and reading.
- NCLD's March newsletter, with articles on math and dyscalculia.
DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE is holding a celebration of dyslexia this coming weekend in San Francisco. On Friday is a free event called "Dyslexia Beyond Reading: Memory, Cognition, Expertise, and Innovation," with speakers covering topics such as visual spatial abilities, the biology of stealth dyslexia, creativity and mind wandering, and intuitive thinking. Find out more. On Sunday is a chance for families and kids to hear high-achieving dyslexics talk about their work in fields such as game design, nature, poetry, and science. Find out more.
DITD NEWS. The Davidson Institute eNews-Update for March is out. It includes summary of the Intel Science Talent Search, in which several Davidson Fellows were recognized; Davidson news and upcoming deadlines, and pointers to gifted and 2e-related resources and articles. Find the newsletter.
WRIGHTSLAW. The current issue of Special Ed Advocate promises to teach you "how to include all the accommodations and interventions your child needs in the form of a medical management plan in your child's IEP." Got (or need) and IEP? Read Special Ed Advocate.