Friday, November 6, 2015

2e-Friendly Schooling, A.T. for Dyslexia, U.S. DOJ/ADA on Accommodations, More

A FAMILY IN ORLANDO, Florida (ZIP 32814) is looking for a 2e-friendly middle school, public or private, for sixth-seventh-eighth grades for their son. Gang: can anyone offer what would be a much-appreciated suggestion for this family? Email Mark at you-know-where. Thanks for any input!

ARIZONA 2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL. Raising Arizona Kids contains an article about a Phoenix school that serves the twice exceptional and includes comments from neuropsychologist Paul Beljan, a frequent presenter and writer on 2e topics. In the article, Beljan provides some insightful (and scary) comments related to misdiagnosing giftedness as pathology. And it's great to know about this 2e-friendly school! Find out more.

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTS FOR DYSLEXIA. KQED News, in an article titled "Tech Tools that Have Transformed Learning with Dyslexia," describes a very bright fifth-grade boy who had great difficulty writing and whose teacher got him started with an iPad. This and other students had great results with the tool. The boy's teacher is quoted as saying, “The same kid who would give me one incomplete sentence is now telling me in complete paragraphs exactly what he knows.” Find out more.

ELIMINATING THE ASPERGER'S LABEL. Apparently, whether a child is labeled with Asperger's, or on the autism spectrum, or with no label at all makes no difference to the way the child is perceived by others. Researchers who used a survey to gather reactions to the various ways of describing ASD found that the label "had no bearing on the likelihood that those surveyed would harbor stereotypes, prejudice or discriminatory attitudes." Read more at Disability Scoop.

OXYTOCIN, AUTISM. A small study in Australia suggests that doses of oxytocin administered via nasal spray can provide "significant improvements in social, emotional and behavioral problems." Not clear from a write-up of the study: how severe the study subject's problems were. The write-up notes plenty of caveats, including a lack of knowledge of the long-term effects of the hormone. Read more.

KIDS AND MEDIA USE. The American Academy of Pediatrics is revisiting its 2013 recommendation that children older than 2 get two hours or less of screen time per day, according to the Huffington Post. The new guidelines are expected to be released on 2016, and it sounds as if they'll take into account recent changes in the use of technology and associated opportunities, as well as the effect of parents' own screen use on the family. Find out more.

MULITPLE MEDS. Is that 2e kiddo you raise on more than one medication? A new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute addresses that situation, which is called "polypharmacy" and is becoming more common. Find out more about risks and things to consider.

UNDERSTOOD has on its site a video of actress Wendy Davis talking about her ADHD and her daughters. Understood says, "In this series of videos, hear her story about growing up with ADHD, how it helped her as an actress, and how she responded to her daughter getting the same diagnosis." Find the videos.

ADVOCATE FOR GIFTED AND SPECIAL ED. As the parent of educator of 2e children, you have a foot in two camps -- gifted ed and special ed. The Council for Exceptional Children offers you a chance to "tell Congress to invest in programs for children with exceptionalities." Find out more and take action.

ADA RESOURCE. If you'd like to go right to the source to discover the U.S. government's policy on accommodations for standardized and high-stakes testing, there's a PDF on ADA requirements located in the Disability Rights section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice that might interest you. It tells what kinds of tests are covered (like the SAT); examples of accommodations, including extended time or a distraction-free room; eligibility for accommodations, even for those with "a history of academic success"; documentation to support a request for accommodations; and more. Find the document.

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