Thursday, January 26, 2017

FAPE, Section 504, ADHD in College, More

FAPE & SCOTUS. If you're following the Endrew F case in the Supreme Court, know that The Atlantic has an 1800-word piece on the potential effects of the Court's decision -- effects on kids, on education budgets, and on the states. Find the article.

SECTION 504 is the focus of the most recent Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw. Included: a new resource guide to Section 504; a "504 IQ" quiz; how to file a 504 complaint; and school retaliation based on 504 requests. Find Special Ed Advocate.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has published a new article, "Helping Kids with ADHD Succeed in College." Covered in the article: the benefits of an executive function coach for college students. Find the article.

NEW BLOGGER ON 2e. Psychologist and educational planner Devon MacEachron, who works with 2e kiddos and their families, has started blogging on the topic. Her first post is an excursion into the often murky and ill-defined areas of exceptionalities, Does a 2e kid have to be "globally" gifted? And how "disabled" does a 2e kiddo need to be. Find the blog.

TiLT PARENTING has released Episode 41 of its podcast series, this one titled "How to Foster a Genuine Love of Reading in Our Children." The guest is Dr. Colleen Carroll. Find the podcast.

COPAA is the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and its annual conference is coming up in early March in Dallas, Texas. Here's what the organization says about its conference: "The COPAA Conference provides unique opportunities for training and networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable special education advocates and attorneys on special education issues. Participants attend to learn about the most recent cases, legislative changes, and the latest disability specific educational interventions." Find out more.

SURVEY PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. Two doctoral students at Southeastern University are conducting research and are looking for 2e adults. From the survey intro: "The purpose of this research study is to find adults who may identify as both gifted and learning challenged.... We would like to use the results to identify appropriate twice-exceptional subjects for participation in further research. This goal of this line of inquiry is to identify coping skills and personality traits of twice-exceptional adults that have helped them to succeed. Hopefully, we can use that information to help struggling twice-exceptional children." Find out more.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is being screened in Silver Springs Maryland on May 2. The event is hosted by With Understanding Comes Calm along with SENG, and a small fee applies. Find out more.

ON THE TOPIC OF ADHD:
  • Antipsychotics for ADHD. The Toronto Sun reports on research indicating that 12 percent of Ontario children with ADHD were prescribed antipsychotic meds, in spite of what one expert calls "not a lot of evidence that they work for ADHD, [and] there’s good evidence that they could be harmful.” Read more
  • Relative age and diagnosis. An Australian study indicates that the younger children in a given school class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and medicated. Find a study write-up
  • Primer. Medical News Today presents a primer on ADHD, noting the three types and covering treatment for the various types. Find the primer
  • Left behind. ADDitude contends that race and ethnicity play a part in whether ADHD is properly diagnosed and treated. "Evidence shows that people of color — black and Latino in particular — are much less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, even though they show symptoms at the same rate as white people. And if they are diagnosed, they aren’t as likely to receive treatment..." Read more.

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