Monday, March 13, 2017

Breakthroughs Conference, Processing Speed, 2e Achievers, and More

ACCORDING TO QUAD PREP, the "Breakthroughs" 2e conference on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in New York City is on, snow or no snow. Quad Prep says, "Our speakers are here and ready to go!" (The subject line of their email announcement was "Breakthrough the SNOW!" The NYC area is supposed to receive possibly 12-18 inches of snow tonight and Tuesday.) 2e Newsletter, unfortunately, will not be there. Southwest Airlines cancelled our flight to NYC. We hope that the conference draws many hardy and curious members of the 2e community. More about the conference.

PROCESSING SPEED -- more specifically, slow processing speed, is a topic of interest to many parents and teachers of the twice-exceptional. A blog at the site of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds provides an introduction to processing speed, with a sequel promised soon on coping with the condition. The blog describes processing speed deficits as potentially occurring during reception of stimuli, processing, or in responding.. The author provides results from several studies -- eg, that boys are more affected than girls -- and points out the importance of acceptance, accommodation, and advocacy. Find the blog.

2e ACHIEVERS are the topic of a book called The Power of Different, reviewed by CNN. The term twice-exceptional is not mentioned in the review, but the message in the book "is that those same brain differences that cause disorders such as dyslexia, depression and autism can lead to more creativity and artistic abilities, more empathy and an ability to visualize things in a different way." One takeaway from the review: the book's author firmly believes in addressing strengths as a priority. Read more.

BIOMARKER FOR ADHD? A recent study found that reported symptoms of ADHD were correlated with reduced gray matter in part of tahe prefrontal cortex. According to Medical News Today, "This relationship was particularly true for symptoms of inattention." Read more. Separately, the symptoms of ADHD foster important traits associated with entrepreneurship, according to researchers who found that entrepreneurs with ADHD embrace new experiences and demonstrate passion and persistence. Their intuitive decision making in situations involving uncertainty was seen by the researchers as a reason for reassessing existing economic models. Find a study write-up.

LANDMARK COLLEGE WEBINARS. Landmark College is dedicated to students who learn differently, and the college presents occasional professional development opportunities for educators. Coming up on March 31 is a webinar titled "How to Use the Science of Emotion Regulation to Facilitate Successful Learning." A fee applies. Find out more.

SUMMER CAMP. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities offers tips for finding the right camp when the 2e kiddo in question is a first-time camper. To help find a good fit, the article offers seven questions to ask. Find the tips.

JEN THE BLOGGER muses on the nature of giftedness -- what others might see versus what the holder of the "gift" might see and experience. Find out how she describes what's inside the "gift box."

RAISING A 2e GIRL? A talk on this week's TED playlist might be of interest to you. It's titled, "To raise brave girls, encourage adventure." From the blurb: "Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul." Find the talk.

DON'T FORGET that our recent special offer for the second editions of the parent's and teacher's booklets from the Spotlight on 2e Series is still in effect -- for a few more days, anyway. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- something else to worry about. A recent pilot study from Oregon State indicates that some chemicals added to furniture, electronics and numerous other goods to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children. According to one of the study's authors, "When we analyzed behavior assessments and exposure levels, we observed that the children who had more exposure to certain types of the flame retardant were more likely to exhibit externalizing behaviors such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, inattention and bullying," Find a study write-up.

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