Thursday, July 26, 2012

HOMESCHOOLING, DYSLEXIA BOOK. Last Monday, when we posted about a free e-book on the topic of homeschooling a child with dyslexia, we failed to mention that the author, Kerry Jones, has written for 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. In July of 2009 we ran Jones' article "Resources to Boost Homeschool Learning for 2e Kids," focusing on how technology can help a homeschooling parent. So good going, Kerry Jones, with your new book
DOPAMINE, IMPULSIVITY -- they appear to be related according to new research. Higher levels of dopamine in the brain seem to decrease impulsivity, at least in adult research participants.  Researchers used the drug tolcapaone to increase levels of dopamine in the subjects'  brains; the drug is used to treat Parkinson's disease. Read more.
AD/HD MEDS FOR STUDYING. The Diane Rehm show on NPR aired a segment focusing on the issue of the misuse of prescription AD/HD meds as a study aid. Find the show.
TECHNOLOGY FASCINATION. A New York Times article described how even some Silicon Valley technology leaders are making an effort to step away from the addictive effects of technology -- at least once in awhile. The concern: "that the lure of constant stimulation — the pervasive demand of pings, rings and updates — is creating a profound physical craving that can hurt productivity and personal interactions." Got a kid who's hooked? Find the article.  
WRIGHTSLAW is blogging this week from the Institute of Special Education Advocacy. Looks like real-time, live coverage of sessions such as "Alternative Dispute Resolution Under IDEA 2004," "Strategies for Working with Schools," and more. Way to go, Wrightslaw bloggers. Find the blog.
UNWRAPPING THE GIFTED. From Edufest, Tamara Fisher writes about advocacy groups for parents of gifted learners, relating her experiences as an educator with parents of gifted kids and pointing to resources that can help parents in their advocacy efforts for their gifted children. Find her blog.
ADDITUDE this week features an article titled "AD/HD Support: How One Woman Conquered Adult AD/HD and Depression." The subject of the story is a bright young woman who excelled in high school, graduated from a top college -- and then ran into trouble with jobs and roommates. The story includes the points of view of the young woman and of her AD/HD support coach as the young woman turned her life around. Read the story.
THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE currently has articles on its site about what happens when a teen rejects the AD/HD diagnosis; and on family dinner as a means to keep a family close. Go to the site. 
MISCELLANEOUS. If you have a particular interest at your house in homework battles or if you're about to send off a child to college, you might be interested in the articles "Ending the Homework Battle" or "Facing the Empty Nest: Five Tips for Parents of College Freshmen."

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