Friday, November 7, 2014

ASD Celebrity, Note-taking, Helicopter vs Rescuing, More

FAMOUS ON THE SPECTRUM. That's Jerry Seinfeld, according to an NBC interview the comedian gave to Brian Williams. He says he has trouble with social engagement, and with taking language literally. Read more.

2e-RELATED SEMINAR IN CHICAGO. Well, Evanston, Illinois, actually -- at the Center for Talent Development on Northwestern University's campus. It's a free primer titled "Recognizing the Capacities of Twice-exceptional Learners," presented by Erik Parsons, and it's presented at 9:30 and 12:30 on Saturday the 8th. Find out more.

ADHD AND PAH. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the air increase the chances that a child will be be diagnosed by age 9 with ADHD -- specifically, inattentive ADHD. PAH are air pollutants from a variety of sources. Read more.

ON NOTE-TAKING. We blogged on a recent pan-versus-laptop study that seemed to indicate that students taking notes by pen retained information better. However, an article at the site of Edutopia asks, "what if we approach the concept by identifying what is best for individual students?" That's reasonable -- we in the 2e community are always happy when our kids are considered on the basis of their individual needs. The writer goes on to consider four factors in choosing AT for note taking, including support for the student's learning needs, the ability to save notes in different locations, the ability to search the notes, and the ability to share. Find the article.

"HELICOPTER" VERSUS "NO-RESCUE." Almost by definition, our 2e kids have a problem -- or even multiple problems. As such, our natural instinct as parents is to try to help. But helping is a spectrum disorder, too -- too much can damage a child. What's the ideal? A writer in "Motherlode" in The New York Times addresses this issue. Find out what she arrives at between "helicopter" and "no-rescue."

DR. JUDY WILLIS is presenting a "Learning and the Brain" session on December 3 and again on December 4 in Southern California. For educators, it's titled "Powerful Classroom Strategies from Neuroscience Research," and it deals with (among other issues) maximizing student attention, helping construction of working and long-term memory, motivation, and promoting growth mindsets. Find out more.

SOCIAL ANXIETY is the topic of a couple of new articles at the site of the Child Mind Institute. One article deals with how the fear of the way you appear can get in the way of functioning; the other offers tips for managing social anxiety. Both articles are written "to" teen readers.

IF ONLY IT WERE TRUE FOR 2e. As a final item, we offer a pointer to a study write-up that says sometimes adding disorder to existing disorder can lower the overall disorder (of a system). Alas, it apparently applies only to disciplines such as chemical physics, statistics, and economics -- and only in some cases. Find the write-up.

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