Monday, November 12, 2012

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

AD/HD MODELED. A group of scientists from the University of Copenhagen has created a model that shows how some types of ADHD medicine influence the brain's reward system. The model makes it possible to understand the effect of the medicine and perhaps in the longer term to improve the development of medicine and dose determination. Specifically, the model predicts how dopamine acts in controlling behavior, and the effect of stimulants (Ritalin) on the dopamine system. Read more

AD/HD IN GIRLS is the topic of an article at ADDitude. The article leads with the example of a young woman who wasn't diagnosed until her freshman year in college, but for whom medication helped greatly. The article covers differences in AD/HD in girls versus boys  -- more negative effects, for example. Find the article

APPS FOR DYSLEXIA. A St. Louis University researcher has studied ways to help dyslexic children practice reading activities more comfortably, and he suggest that certain mobile apps and daily visual activities can make that happen. He finds that reading activities can be introduced through interactive, multi-sensory activities that help children actually like the practice they're getting. Read more

AUTISM IN PRODIGIES. A study of eight child prodigies suggests a possible link between these children’s special skills and autism. Of the eight prodigies studied, three had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. As a group, the prodigies also tended to have slightly elevated scores on a test of autistic traits, when compared to a control group. In addition, half of the prodigies had a family member or a first- or second-degree relative with an autism diagnosis. Read more in a press release from the researchers.

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