Monday, July 23, 2012

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

LD ONLINE NEWSLETTER for July features articles on literacy, social media, parenting a child with AD/HD, cell phone apps that can benefit students with AD/HD, and apps assisting children and families with special needs. Find the newsletter
THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE site currently features articles covering what to do when a teen rejects an AD/HD diagnosis; tips for traveling with challenging children; and more. Also at the site -- a "symptom checker" to help connect behaviors to possible disorders. Find the site
STRATTERA WARNING. Got a gifted kid about to go on AD/HD meds? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has mandated new safety labels for the AD/HD med Strattera (atomoxetine) to reflect the dangers of using it when certain heart conditions are present. Strattera can increase the heart rate and blood pressure; the labeling outlines when the med might be harmful. Read more.
FREE E-BOOK. A writer who is also a homeschooling mom has written an e-book titled Successfully Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia based on her 12 years of homeschooling experience. According to the distributors of the book, it provides resources and covers topics such as:
  • Recognizing your child’s learning style
  • Dealing with the emotions and feelings related to having (or parenting a child with) dyslexia
  • Reading and writing intervention programs
  • Assistive technology
  • Reading therapists or dyslexia specialists
  • Organizational tips.
Find the book. (And, if you read and use it, please let us know whether we should recommend it as a resource going forward.)
GIFTED ED PROGRAMMING STANDARDS. Prufrock Press is making available another free download of a portion of one of its titles, this one from the book Gifted Education Programming Standards: A Guide to Planning and Implementing High-Quality Services. The PDF download consists of Chapter 1 of this NAGC-edited book. Find the download.
ARE YOU A JACK GANTOS FAN? The award-winning author of children's books is featured in a New York Times "Download" column. You can discover what Gantos is currently reading, listening to, watching, following, and (even) wearing. Go to the column.
ANOTHER THING TO WORRY ABOUT. Evidently BPA is present in some dental fillings, and a study now reveals that children with such fillings are more likely to develop behavior problems and emotional problems, even though the effect is supposedly small. Read more. Or, find an abstract of the Pediatrics article in which the study was reported.

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