Monday, November 21, 2016

ASD, ADHD, Late Diagnoses, More

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY supports students on campus who have ASD with the Kelly Autism Program. A member of that program is featured in the lead of a New York Times article about how colleges are supporting these students, with counselors, peer mentors, and more. Find the article.

AUTISM: LATE (REAL LATE) DIAGNOSIS. A reader pointed us to an article in the UK Guardian (thanks, Nancy) describing what it's like to receive an autism diagnosis late in adult life. Included are some heart-rending stories of how the subjects were treated as children by adults who didn't understand them, leading to bad memories that have persisted for four or five decades. The article includes a poem by one of these newly-aware adults:

Childhood nights were dreams
of being a sheep
then up and out of a morning,
a quick check to see

if by any chance in the night
there had been a change
of being just like all my friends
and not the odd one out


Find the article.

BY COINCIDENCE, Newswise just carried a story about a study published in the journal Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. The article starts off: "For most of his life, Kevin Hughes has felt like an outsider. A loner as a child, the 65-year-old comedian struggled socially as a teenager and lacked friends as an adult, often offending people without knowing why." Do you see where this is going?  Find this article.

SENG CALL FOR PROPOSALS. Presenters' proposals for the 2017 SENG conference, to be held next August in the Chicago area, are invited by December 30. We've said this before, but if you feel you have something to say to others in the 2e community, please consider submitting a proposal for conferences like this, or NAGC, or CEC. Of the "strands" planned for the SENG conference is this one: 'Multiple Exceptionalities -- gifted with behavioral, learning, physical and/or social challenges." Find out more.

ADHD DIAGNOSIS. Young adults diagnosed with ADHD may display subtle physiological signs that could lead to a more precise diagnosis, according to researchers. In a recent study, young adults with ADHD, when performing a continuous motor task, had more difficulty inhibiting a motor response compared to young adults who did not have ADHD. The participants with ADHD also produced more force during the task compared to participants without ADHD. This according to a study write-up at Science Daily. Find the write-up.

AND FINALLY THIS -- FOR DADS. Also from Science Daily: The warmth of a father's love has a special influence on young people, and makes them feel optimistic and determined to strive for greater things. It also boosts the math grades of teenage girls and the language ability of boys. Read more.

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