Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Things to Worry About, Not Worry About, and Take Action On

AUTISM AND THE "SOCIAL BRAIN." New research indicates that high functioning children with ASD are characterized by brains that are organized differently. In particular, the "pruning" of neurons that occurs in most children as they grow older doesn not occur, resulting in lots of neurons and lots of blood flow to the frontal areas of the brain. Also noted: less connectivity between nodes in the front and back of the brain, suggesting "impairment in the default mode network in people with ASD," according to a write-up of the research. "The default mode network is a major brain network used in social and emotional processes, self-reflection and the ability to attribute mental states to oneself and others." Read more.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT teen mood swings, says a new study. They decline as the perpetrator gets older. The study also identifies when such mood swings might be a cause for worry, however. Read more.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT late blooming, says a blogger at Motherlode in The New York Times. Citing the tale of Leo the Late Bloomer as well as her own experience as a mother and as a middle school teacher, the blogger explains 
why you might not need to worry about a child developing on his or her own schedule. Find out more.

DO WORRY ABOUT whether the rewrite of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act will make schools responsible for achievement in all students, including those with LDs. That's the message from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, which urges parents to urge lawmakers to write and pass a bill that will serve kids with LDs effectively. In the words of the NCLD, "This means that schools should be required to provide evidence-based interventions and support when students—including those with disabilities—aren’t making progress." You can take action here.

WORRIED ABOUT ADHD and your child? Understood can help, with a live streaming event covering "science, skillbuilding, [and] success" when it comes to ADHD. From the event's blurb: "On October 26, Understood will gather top experts for a unique panel discussion on the science of ADHD and ways parents and educators can help children build skills, and you can join thousands of parents across the country for this livestreamed event." Find out more on Understood's Facebook page.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is scheduled to be shown at a recently-announced screening on October 28 at Bluffton University, Stutzman Lecture Hall, at 7:30 pm. It's free. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Presumably, if you know where Bluffton University is you're close enough to attend.

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