Monday, October 26, 2015

Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD... The Usual

SEEING A CLINICIAN. Many families with twice-exceptional children see professional service providers of one sort or another, often on a recurring basis. A new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute offers "tips for knowing whether your clinician is following best practices" to provide good care. For example, does the treatment have a specified goal? It's your kid and your money -- find the tips.

SENG has announced that its Interim Executive Director, Elizabeth Ringlee, has been appointed Executive Director. We offer our congratulations. Find out more about SENG.

DYSLEXIC "TRIBE." Psychologist Dan Peters describes in the Huffington Post what it was like to attend the most recent Dyslexia and Innovation Conference, put on by Dyslexic Advantage -- finding a tribe and returning "home." Besides that, he shares some of the things he learned at the conference, for example how Singapore has teacher training for dyslexia as well as national programs for the condition. Find the article.

UNDERSTOOD LIVESTREAM TODAY. The organization Understood is offering a live online event today at 6:30pm ET on the topic of ADHD. Find out more. Separately, the organization offers an article on how to create a sensory-friendly Halloween; find it.

2e, THE MOVIE. Another screening of this movie has been added to the schedule, this one on Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30pm, at the Harkins Theather, Tempe Marketplace 16, 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway #1160, in Tempe, Arizona.

ADHD AND GENDER. Evidently ADHD is structurally and functionally different in girls than it is in boys, according to new research reported at HealthDay News. The differences were in the white matter that faciliates communication between different regions of the brain. Researchers speculated that the brain differences might explain differences in the way ADHD behaviors manifest in boys and girls. Read more.

AUTISM ON SESAME STREET. A new character on Sesame Street, according to the New York Times, gets upset over loud noises, knows the words to lots of songs, and flaps her arms when excited, among other behaviors. This new character, Julia, has appeared in a digital storybook and has generated coverage in the NY Times, the LA Times, Disability Scoop, and Medical Daily. That's quite a splash in the news for a fictional character, albeit part of America's most storied kids' program.

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