Friday, May 2, 2014

News, Resources from 2e Newsletter

NO COLLEGE FOR YOUR KIDDO? You're not alone. "Motherlode" at The New York Times asked readers for stories about kids choosing non-traditional paths, and got some good ones. Some of the reasons will certainly resonate with parents of 2e kids: "...loves to learn but heavy-duty academics are not something he relishes..."; "being intelligent is not the same thing as being scholastically inclined..."; a bright son "who struggled with attention deficit disorder, anxiety and depression throughout high school." Find the stories.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE, whose work we respect, is sponsoring an "Speak Up for Kids" campaign to highlight children's mental health. This is obviously part of what we do at 2e Newsletter and integral to our mission of "helping twice-exceptional children reach their potential." We ask that you find out more and "speak up" if you're so inclined. Find out more.

GENDER AND GRADES. The girls have the advantage-- despite the topic, in dozens of countries, and throughout the school years. A write-up at Science Daily explains the results and offers a few possible causes.

ADHD AND BRAIN IMAGING. Chinese researchers have used brain imaging to discover certain areas of altered brain structure and function in boys with ADHD. One area of the brain in which differences were found plays a part in executive inhibitory control. Find out more.

THE ADHD EXPLOSION is the topic of a free webinar scheduled by ADDitude for May 6th. The presenter is Stephen Hinshaw, author of, appropriately, The ADHD Explosion. Learn more.

ADHD AND NEUROFEEDBACK is the topic of a column by David Rabiner. At SharpBrains.com, he discusses new research on the topic. Find out more.

ADDITUDE offers a "slideshow" listing 11 actors, musicians, athletes, and others who have "made it big with ADHD." Find the slideshow.

OCD AND DBS. New research suggests that deep brain stimulation may be have some effect in OCD patients previously unresponsive to treatment. The mechanism is supposedly through the normalization of dopamine release in one part of the brain, the striatum, which is involved in reward and behavioral control. Read more.

AUTISM AND MOTOR SKILLS. Children with autism tend to develop gross motor skills more slowly than typical counterparts, according to research reported at HealthDay.com. The lag was not linked to intellectual ability. Read more.

LD NEWS offers articles on tips for helping a child with attention issues learn. The tips center on organization, strategizing skills, self-monitoring, and others. Find the newsletter.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE offers an article on how sensory processing disorders can affect students, and how SPD issues can be confused with ADHD. The article offers tips for dealing with SPD at school. Find the article.

THE SIEMENS COMPETITION in STEM is open for registration for 2014. Find out about participation at the Siemens Competition website.

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