Monday, March 21, 2011

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

ASPIE PRODIGY. There's a great article in the Indianapolis Star about a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's who:
  • Is the go-to guy for college classmates who need assistance in his calculus-based physics class at the Indiana/Purdue University campus in Indianapolis
  • Was knowledgeable about astronomy at age 3
  • Is working on his own theory of how the universe came about. 
His parents became worried when he started displaying ASD symptoms at age 2; but with a diagnosis of Asperger's, says the article, "Jake's parents decided to pay closer attention to the things their first-born son was doing -- rather than the things he was not." Read the article.Our compliments to the parents.

JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIPS. According to Northwestern University, a little over a month left for family to apply for The Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars program. Applications are due on April 25. Applicants must be in 7th grade, have high academics(A's and B's/ 3.65 on a 4.0 scale), and have unmet financial need (low-moderate income). Find out more at www.jkcf.org.
NEUROEDUCATION RESOURCE. If you're interested in the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and learning, the Dana Foundation now features neuroeducation in a section of its site. Find it.
BRAIN CHANGES IN NEW MOTHERS. A Yale study shows that mothers' brains grow slightly during the three months after the birth of a child. At least three areas of the brain are affected. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. In light of the fact that vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children 4 and older, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its safety guidelines for children in cars. AAP now recommends that toddlers sit in rear-facing car seats until 2, or until they max out in terms of height and weight for the seat. A second recommendation, and one that will be more of a challenge for parents to implement, is that children should be seated in a booster seat until they are 4 feet nine inches tall and between 8 and 12 years old. Furthermore, children should ride in the back seat until they are 13, says the AAP. Read more.

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