Thursday, November 19, 2015

2e Adults, ADHD, PD, the U.S. Department of Education, and More

2e ADULTS. Know one? Are you one? Dan Peters and Paula Wilkes from California's Summit Center explore the topic in a Q&A at the site of Psychology Today. Find the blog.

MINDFULNESS, WORKING MEMORY. Mindfulness training might help improve working memory capacity, according to study from the University of Cincinnati. The study compared groups receiving mindfulness training, yoga sessions, and no intervention using tests of working memory before and after the interventions. Only the mindfulness group showed improvement in working memory, according to a write-up of the study. Read more.

ADHD RATES are rising globally, according to Katherine Ellison, author of Buzz. She also writes in the New York Times "Well" blog that "public understanding has not kept pace." Evidently recognition, treatment, and acceptance lag in the rest of the world. Find the blog.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has a new article titled "Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed." Apparently kids with autism are often first diagnosed as having ADHD or sensory processing issues, which prevents early intervention for ASD. Read the article.

OHIO 2e PD EVENT. Michael Postma, Ph.D. is presenting a one-day session titled "Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-exceptional Students" on December 10th in the Cincinnati area. The audience is specified as administrators, counselors, psychologists, classroom teachers, intervention specialists, gifted specialists, and more. Registration ends about a week before the event. Find out more.

WRIGHTSLAW. The current Special Ed Advocate covers considerations in drafting an IEP, and how a draft IEP is not "set in stone." Read more about the drafting process. Separately, if you're in Oklahoma don't forget that on December 3rd Wrightslaw presents training that's free to parents, family members, and those who work with kids with LDs and reside in Oklahoma. The training is sponsored by the Oklahoma Disability Law Center and held near Oklahoma City. Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's November e-newsletter is out, covering news of the Davidson Fellows award ceremony, the Google Science Fair, STEM, and more. Find the newsletter.

UNDERSTOOD right now is offering several things that might be of interest to those in the 2e community.

  • On November 23, Understood presents an interview with Michal Yudin of the U.S. Department of Education on the use of the terms dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Find out more
  • Understood also offers "At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Slow Processing Speed" on its website; find it.
  • Also on the site: "Respecting a Child's Processing Speed in a Fast-paced World"; find the article
IDEA RESOURCES. One of our sources pointed us to a page at the site of the U.S. Department of Education. The site notes the 40th anniversary of IDEA. It also lists some "select federal resources" associated with the anniversary. Of special interest is a "Dear Colleague" letter from this November 16th emphasizing that "an individualized education program (IEP) for an eligible child with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) must be aligned with the State’s academic content standards for the grade in which the child is enrolled." This is to discourage lowering of expectations, and it certainly applies to 2e students. Find the letter and the resources.

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