Monday, June 4, 2012

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

NEUROEDUCATION. An article in Education Week provides some history on the topic of neuroeducation -- neuroscience in education -- and on the ways current neuroscience is affecting education. The article uses examples from the Jacob Shapiro Brain Based Instruction Laboratory in Wisconsin. Find the article.
AUTISM 1. NPR has posted a story called "What's Different about the Brains of People with Autism?" Part of the story concerns a man who at 13 was committed to an institution, mistakenly diagnosed as schizophrenic, before the diagnosis was corrected to autism. Now 40 and with a degree in engineering, the man has been a research subject for 25 years,  helping researchers learn about autism. Read more.
AUTISM 2. Arvada West High School in Colorado has a program to  help all students with LDs, but an article about the program describes how, in particular, it helps students prepare for life after high school. One student profiled is a young woman with high-functioning autism who takes everything literally; another Aspie is taking AP courses and is college bound. Find the article.
AUTISM 3. The University of Alabama has a program to help students with autism make the transition to college. Next fall, 18 students are expected to be part of the six-year-old program, which involves mentoring, group meetings, and more -- possibly five to ten hours of service a week, at an incremental cost of $3,300 per semester. Find out more.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL LISTS. The New York Times provided some perspective to the "best high school" lists, one of which we mentioned in this blog a short while ago. While advising consumers not to take the lists lightly, the Times examines some of the factors that can lead to inclusion on the list. Find the article.
BRAIN RESOURCE. Eric Chudler's June issue of Neuroscience for Kids newsletter pointed us to a brain resource site, BrainFacts.org. Main tabs on the site are: About Neuroscience; Brain Basics; Sensing, Thinking, and Behaving; Diseases and Disorders; and more. Other current items on the site include an article on anxiety disorders.

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