Thursday, October 18, 2012

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

NAGC CONVENTION UPDATE. We sent out an event alert yesterday about NAGC's November convention in Denver, and by doing so got a couple pieces of feedback. First, the list of sample 2e-related sessions we included in the alert didn't include all such sessions; for example, researcher Layne Kalbfleisch is presenting a "Signature Session" on Friday the 16th titled "Examining the Relationship between Executive Function and Intelligence in Twice-Exceptional Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: Empirical Evidence and Practical Application." And for you brain mavens, that same day Kalbfleisch will present a session on how to read and understand neuroscience studies. Second, while information about all sessions, including Kalbfleisch's, is available at the NAGC site, the path the the information may be non-obvious. One way is via the "Live Learning Center" link on the conference home page; the other is via the 2012 Convention App. 

AD/HD AWARENESS WEEK is this week, according to, which also offers related information. And we found several AD/HD items of interest, one indicating that exercise may help kids with AD/HD do better academically -- that according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and summarized at ScienceDaily. Another study indicates that kids with AD/HD may find less success as adults that kids without the condition; it was a longitudinal study that age-matched kids with and without AD/HD, comparing the two groups on education, divorce rates, income, and substance abuse. Read more

STRESS, DEPRESSION. Researchers are investigating ways to interrupt or reverse the effects of stress on the brain, and have found ways to prevent stress-related inhibition of the reward system in mice. Find out more

REVISITING THE TEEN BRAIN. New research disputes some common perceptions of the teen brain and its lack of self-control. One researcher calls the teen brain "vulnerable, dynamic, and highly responsive to positive feedback," according to an NPR report on the research. Got a teen brain in your house or classroom? Find out more

AUTISM AND GENDER. The way autism affects cognitive functions in males may be different than in females, according to researchers who studied functioning that included perception on facial emotions and three other functions. While perception of emotion was equally impaired in both genders, other functions -- such as attention to detail -- showed less impairment in females. Read more.  

DUAL ENROLLMENT. High school students who take college courses are significantly more likely to attend and graduate from college than peers who do not, according to a study of more than 30,000 Texas high school graduates by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future (JFF). Find out more at the JFF site.

WRIGHTSLAW, in Special Ed Advocate, covers "gatekeepers" to services and resources. The issue offers tips for dealing with gatekeepers (very useful) and also a hilarious (as well as sad and outrageous) list of things schools have told parents.  Find the issue.   

NCLD has launched a new monthly e-newsletter, LD Action. The first issue deals with the U.S. presidential election and how it might affect the education of kids with LDs. Find out more

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