Friday, May 16, 2014

News, Resources for Friday

SPD DIAGNOSIS: STILL NOT ACCEPTED? An article in the Washington Post notes that sensory processing disorder is still not accepted as a diagnosis by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and that the diagnosis didn't make it into the DSM-5, published last year. On the other hand, the article also quotes experts who do "believe." Find the article.

DYSLEXIC DISCONNECT. A blogger on parenting reports on evidence that there is a "disconnect" in dyslexics between the portion of the brain that processes sound and the portion that processes language. Research indicates that reading experience may play a big part in how dyslexia is manifested -- less experience means that less brain gray matter develops, which argues for intensive tutoring. Find the blog.

SES AND COGNITIVE ABILITY. If you're interested in the role of socio-economic status (SES) on cognitive development, check out an article at the website of the Dana Foundation. The article describes research into SES and specific aspects of cognition -- language, executive function, etc -- where developmental deficits arise early. The article focuses on language skills, one of the areas where SES seems to have a large effect. In addition, links between lower SES and structural/functional differences in certain brain areas -- the hippocampus along with areas of the cortex -- are also explored. Find the article.

A TEACHER'S DAY. Education Week Teacher, for National Teacher Appreciation Day, asked teachers who use Instagram to share their days via photos and commentary. The result is now online, and may lead to renewed appreciation of what teachers go through every day to educate our kids. Find the feature.

IN CHICAGO. The Child Mind Institute is hosting an event in Chicago on May 21 at the Museum of Science and Industry. Titled "Mind the Gap: Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care," the event is described as "a conversation about the integration of primary care and mental health services, and its promise of better access to quality care and improved outcomes for kids." If you're a fan of the Institute's work, find more information.

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