Thursday, June 21, 2012

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AD/HD MEDS REDUX. The Washington Post reported on some Food and Drug Administration study on prescriptions, noting that prescriptions for AD/HD meds have increased by 45 percent between 2002 and 2010. This comes on the heels of the New York Times article about kids without AD/HD using stimulant medications to help study. Read the article.
GIFTED IN AUSTRALIA -- dumbing down. The Age reported on an inquiry in Victoria, Australia, about the status of gifted students there. Apparently some kids dumb down to fit in, and gifted students may be mis-perceived in many ways. The inquiry called for a strategy to deal  with the students, noting that ''These neglected students represent our state's future visionaries and innovators.'' Find the article.
DYSLEXIA RESOURCE. The University of Michigan website "Dyslexia Help" has been brought to our attention by a representative of the university, and we pass it on as a potential resource for those concerned with dyslexia. The site offers information for dyslexics, parents, and professionals.Also included are news about dyslexia and success stories. Find the site.
MATT COHEN'S SPECIAL ED NEWSLETTER for June includes articles about surviving an annual IEP review, advocating for kids with Tourette's, and obtaining accommodations on entrance/placements tests taken by college students. Find the newsletter.
WRIGHTSLAW.  2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter readers have read about the horrors that a due process hearing can bring. Special Ed Advocate, in its June 19 edition, explains how to "hope for the best but prepare for the worst" when it comes to due process hearings, acknowledging in boldface that "you want to avoid a due process hearing." Find the newsletter.
CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This week on the site of the Child Mind Institute is an article addressing medications for children on the autism spectrum. The article notes how clinicians may prescribe drugs to control ASD-related behaviors, including anxiety, hyperactivity, and violent behavior -- but that many in the community have concerns about over-medication. Find the article.
COLLEGE ADVICE. A professor at American University has published a book called How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying), advice for those entering college. This is not directed particularly at 2e kids, or even gifted kids, but given some of  the challenges twice-exceptional kids carry to college the advice here might be useful. From a press release about the book: "He begins with the university lexicon: seminar vs. lecture, adjunct vs. term vs. tenured faculty, and the meaning of a credit hour. In subsequent chapters, Gould details preparing for class, writing research papers, and how to take exams." Also covered: getting the most out of faculty and structuring time. Read more.

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