Thursday, December 10, 2015

Publicity for 2e School; Pediatricians on Board? And More.

REID DAY SCHOOL in Orange County, California, was profiled in a very nice article in the Orange County Register on Tuesday. We think the article will very much help those not a part of the 2e community to "put a face" onto twice-exceptional young people. Find the article.

PEDIATRICIANS AND IDEA? The American Academy of Pediatrics is, according to Disability Scoop, urging pediatricians to play a role in "ensuring that children with disabilities get the services they need from schools." As part of this, the AAP report provides a primer on IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In particular, the AAP says that doctors "should identify and refer children who ought to qualify for special education services and communicate effectively with school-based programs about kids’ needs." Having informed pediatricians willing to actively advocate for LD and 2e kids would be a great step forward. Read more.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS. Most parents of 2e children know the feeling of aloneness that comes after discovering one's bright child has learning challenge. That's why parent support groups can offer so much to adults in the 2e community. A new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute describes how these groups can help and offers some hints for finding support groups. Read the article.

UNDERSTOOD this week offers two features on dyslexia. One is a re-post of an entry on stealth dyslexia by Brock and Fernette Eide; find it. The other is a video titled "Inside the Dyslexic Brain"; find it.

ADHD -- MORE OF IT. The incidence of ADHD in the U.S. is now over 10 percent, according to an NBC News report and a new study just out. Some of the increase might be due to better screening in certain demographic groups. The figures represent the incidence in 2011, apparently the most recent year for which data is available.

SENGINAR. The organization SENG is presenting a webinar on December 17 titled "Perfectionism: The Occupational Hazard of Giftedness." That might not apply to the twice-exceptional kids you raise or educate, but if it does, find out more about the webinar.

EDUCATION TALK RADIO offers on December 11 a discussion by the executive director of NAGC, Rene Islas, and an NAGC board member, Susan Dulong Langley, on "The State of the Nation in Gifted Education." Looks like the discussion is at 9 a.m., and you can find out more about it and how to listen at the site of Education Talk Radio.

WRIGHTSLAW reminds us of an ugly but true fact, that FAPE doesn't necessarily mean obtaining the best education possible. Find out more in the current issue of Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw. Hint: there are certain words you probably shouldn't use in an IEP meeting. 

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