Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Special Ed, ASD, Anxiety, Gifted Adults, More

ANYONE WHO'S HEARD JONATHAN MOONEY talk about the "short bus" will appreciate an opinion piece in last Sunday's New York Times. Titled "A Special Education," it describes the writer's early experience with special ed in upstate New York. Some of the experiences are funny, some sad, some pivotal. As an adult, the author now describes himself as "a writer and musician." Read this special opinion piece.

NEW ASD THEORY. Researchers at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory think there's a set of genes affecting brain development that might be vulnerable to spontaneous mutation and, as such, the cause of about half of the cases of ASD. This view is different than one in which a group of individually harmless mutations cause ASD when they occur in combination. Read more.

THE ANXIETY CYCLE. Are you anxious? Is your spouse? Do you worry about affecting your children, or "infecting" them with anxiety? The University of Connecticut and Johns Hopkins tested a family-based intervention therapy to try to forestall anxiety in the children of parents with anxiety disorders, and it was apparently successful. According to a write-up at Science Daily, "The families who participated in therapy were taught to identify the signs of anxiety and how to reduce it. They practiced problem-solving skills, and exercised safe exposures to whatever made their child anxious." Read more.

A RECOMMENDATION. A stalwart newsletter supporter recently emailed us with this message: "A book you need to get and read: NeuroTribes. The best thing I've read in several years (and I read a lot)." Find out more at Amazon, and thanks, Steve.

FOR EDUCATORS, and maybe parents too. A recent playlist of the week from TED consisted of nine talks from inspiring teachers. TED says, "A great teacher can change the trajectory of your life. Here, talks from teachers you'll wish you had." Find the playlist.

SENG WEBINAR. Coming up on October 6th is a webinar from Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) titled "If I'm So Smart, Why Am I So Dumb?" It's for gifted adults, which probably includes our entire community here. SENG says the presenter "will present strategies and resources that have helped these adults live more meaningful and fulfilling lives." Find out more.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, will be screened at 6:30 on October 1 at Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall on the University of Denver Campus 1999 E. Evans Avenue, Denver. There's no charge, but registration is required.

UNDERSTOOD is offering on October 1st live, 24-hour access to experts who'll answer questions via Twitter or Facebook or video chat. Find out more at Understood.

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