Monday, May 11, 2015

Kicked Off the Plane, DSM-5 Resource, SENG Honor Roll, More

SMART, AUTISTIC, AND KICKED OFF THE PLANE. An incident on a United Airlines flight in early May prompted anger from the mom of a girl with ASD after they were asked to get off -- from first class, no less -- during an emergency landing prompted by a "behavior issue" in the girl. The issue: apparently needing some warm food to help keep calm and under control. The mom describes her daughter as smart but with difficulty in social situations. According to news reports, a paramedic responding during the landing referred to "an over-reactive flight attendant." United stood by its flight crew's actions. Autism Speaks issued a statement saying, in part, "The incident aboard the United Airlines flight underscores the vital importance of awareness and education so that people are better equipped to recognize the signs of autism and support those with special needs." Read more.

IS THAT 2e CHILD A STUDENT-ATHLETE? A new study published in Pediatrics highlights problems in the classroom that might be caused by concussion -- among them "concentrating, keeping up, and paying attention in school," according to a write-up in Time Magazine. Read more.

DSM-5 RESOURCE. The American Psychiatric Association has released Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5, explaining disorders and treatment in "plain English." The consumer guide is not free -- it'll cost you about $20 on Amazon -- but if you have encounters with mental health professionals it could be worth it. Find out more.

SENG offers lots to think about this week. On May 12 psychologist Dan Peters presents a "SENGinar" on stealth dyslexia; find out more. Earlybird registration rates for SENG's annual conference end at the end of this month. And SENG offers an end-of-the-school-year chance to recognize an educator who might have made a difference in the life of that gifted child you know. A donation of $50 or more allows you to list that educator on the SENG Honor Roll with its attendant recognition (part of which is a one-year subscription to 2e Newsletter, compliments of us because we support SENG). Find out more.

ADDITUDE offers a free webinar (if they were like SENG they'd call it an ADDinar) this Wednesday on sensory processing disorders and ADHD. Learn more.

2e: THE MOVIE. If you're in the LA area, you have two chances on May 30 to see the documentary 2e: Twice Exceptional, one in late morning in Hollywood and the other in late afternoon in Beverly Hills. No word on dress codes for either of these events. Find details.

SUMMER READING. Scholastic encourages summer reading and has set up a Summer Reading Challenge to get young readers involved. As part of that, according to the Washington Post, Scholastic asked some of its authors to tell how they get kids excited about reading. Want to know? Find out more.

DON'T FORGET that we have lots of 2e resources listed on in the public area of our website -- articles, websites, free downloads, and books. Find the resource page.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a fad among some people to treat conditions or boost brainpower. The University of North Carolina School of Medicines has cautions, saying that tDCS, the most common form of electronic brain stimulation, can actually lower IQ scores. So: use AC instead? Maybe -- researchers at the med school are investigating that "alternative" as well. Read more, and maybe for the time being find other ways to stimulate your brain.

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