Thursday, September 29, 2016

LDs in College, Dyslexia Research, Child Psychiatry, and More

THE ATLANTIC has published an article with the title "The Road to Higher Education With an 'Invisible Disability,'" and it offers good perspective on going to college with an LD. Also embedded in the article: a couple resources for college-bound students with LDs, along with advice ("now" is not forever) and humor ("stupid is not an LD"). Find the article.

RECENT DYSLEXIA RESEARCH is summarized in an article at the site of the Dana Foundation. Most of the research summarized used brain imaging with purposes such as: examining language-processing areas in very young children to see if those areas are less developed in infants with a family history of dyslexia (they were); examining the development of the "visual word form area" and its connectivity to other brain areas; and assessing inter-generational patterns to see family influences in dyslexia. Read the article.

IF YOU LIKED THE ITEM ABOVE, you might be interested in a press release concerning research on the brain's white matter. The research indicates some white matter abnormalities are shared across multiple emotional disorders, among them depression, social anxiety disorder, and OCD. Find the write-up.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. The DITD eNews Update for September is out. In it, you can read about the 2016 Davidson Fellows; find out about DITD scholarships or Jack Kent Cooke scholarships; learn about the DITD Young Scholars program; and more. Find the newsletter.

CHILD PSYCHIATRY. Want to know what articles an industry publication thinks child psychiatrists should be reading? One article is on childhood bullying and its effect on depression and anxiety. Another is on depression screening tools. You can find all five articles at the site of Healio.com. Separately, we've noted the shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the U.S. If you're really desperate, we know where you can find some -- at the upcoming 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Find out more, including what psychiatrists will be learning about at the meeting. (This information came our way via an AACAP newsletter.)

UNDERSTOOD has put out three items on dyslexia in a recent email:
  • A personal account of why one person felt ashamed to use dyslexia accommodations; find it.
  • A parent's blog post titled "Why I'm Celebrating Getting the Word 'Dyslexia' Into My Daughter's IEP"; find it
  • And a video of a Harvard graduate on why it's hard to say "I have dyslexia"; find it

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has published "In Their Own Words," accounts from middle-schoolers on how their LDs affected them. Some issues of contention: accommodations, and even teachers. Find the piece.

DESIGN A BRAIN EXPERIMENT. This is a competition by the Dana Foundation for high school students. From the blurb: "We’re challenging high school students in the U.S. to use their knowledge of the brain and the scientific method of inquiry to develop innovative ideas and theories about the human brain. These original experiments should be designed to test creative theories about daily brain activity, brain disorders and diseases, and brain functions." Students to not have to actually complete the experiments. Find out more.

ADHD in the news and in research:
  • Children with ADHD are potentially more exposed to reproaches than typically developing children, according to research. A behavioral experiment on reward and punishment highlights the cumulative effect of punishment in children with ADHD. Find the research write-up.
  • Canadian researchers are looking at the brain similarities and differences in children with ADHD, ASD, and OCD to try to find better ways to diagnose and treat these disorders. Results so far? "We discovered in our study of 200 children that some changes in the wiring of the brain looked similar in children with autism, ADHD, and OCD, compared to children without a disorder." Read more
  • ADHD meds might not help kiddos complete homework or get better grades, says a small study that seems to fly in the face of what pharma companies say. Read more about the study. 

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