Friday, June 2, 2017

Diagnosing 2e; Homeschoolers as "Missing Voices"; Survey Opportunities; and More

PSYCHOLOGIST DEVON MACEACHRON specializes in twice exceptionality, and she has written an insightful blog posting on the topic of giftedness and dyslexia. The posting, however, applies to other "e's" beside dyslexia and brings some clarity to how learning disabilities should be diagnosed in high-ability kiddos, endorsing the discrepancy model (the difference between potential and performance) as a key to ferreting out LDs. Find the posting. (Thanks to the Eides and Dyslexic Advantage for making us aware of MacEachron's post.)

A GIFTED AND DYSLEXIC young man shares his experiences at the site of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. Despite early academic success, he wound up in the "low math group" and took hits to his self-esteem. Until an eighth-grade diagnosis with dyslexia, sports maintained his self-confidence. Read his story.

GIFTED HOMESCHOOLING. The Gifted homeschooler's Forum (GHF) says that as part of its mission it "seeks to advocate for the gifted/2e community, providing an informed voice to organizations and policymakers who otherwise would hear little to nothing from this unique demographic." GHF surveyed its constituency about educational choice and found this: "The most significant result of this research is the documentation of a melding of educational options. Families surveyed by GHF are not making choices based on ideology so much as they are seeking the best fit for each child, based on the needs of that child and of the family at any given place and time.​ Families of all kinds deserve a seat at the education policy-making table, and families who homeschool should not be permanently marginalized—left unheard—because they have chosen to do what they believe is best for the academic and developmental needs of their children." Read more.

NAGC, in its periodic survey of news, pointed us to three items of possible interest to those in the 2e community:
  • A CNN article titled "How to Make Sense of the School Choice Debate; find it
  • A Politico article, "Five Programs Trump Wants to Scrap You Might Have Missed" (hint: one is the Javits program); find it
  • A letter from Senators to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting funding for the Javits program; find it

GENERIC STRATERA for ADHD has been approved by the FDA. Find out more.

TEEN GIRLS AND DEPRESSION. Teen girls experience depression at a much higher rate than boys, 36 percent to 14 percent, according to research reported at The Washington Post. If this statistic is of potential relevance in your family, find the article.

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION may soon be done in human brains without invasive wiring. The trick involves beaming two currents of different frequencies that intersect at the desired location. The technique is called "temporally interfering stimulation." Beside Parkinson's disease, the technique, now being tested in mice, might be useful for treating OCD and depression. Find out more in a study write-up or a New York Times article.

SURVEY OPPORTUNITY 1: LD Online is looking for input on the topic of assistive technology for students with learning challenges -- "why you are looking for AT/IT, where you look for information, what works in your classroom or at home, and more." Find out more.

SURVEY OPPORTUNITY 2. A researcher at the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training seeks input on the topic of LDs and stigma -- in particular, "Does the age of diagnosis of an individual with LD/ADHD cause a difference in the amount and type of stigma the individual perceives throughout their life?" The survey is for different learners of all ages and should take 5-10 minutes, according to the researcher. Deadline: June 7. Find out more.

SUMMER CAMPS AND PROGRAMS. Our May/June issue, just out, included the annual listing of camps and programs. After we published, TiLT Parenting issued a podcast from the point of view of TiLT's founder's 12yo son on prepping for a successful time at sleep-away camp. Find the podcast.

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