GIFTED MYTHS. CNN has published an article titled "My view: Ten myths about gifted students and programs for the gifted." What's notable is that reading the article from the point of view of parent or educator of a twice-exceptional child brings no surprises, just "duh." For example, do you think it's a given that "all gifted students work up to their potential" (Myth 6) or that "teaching gifted students is easy" (Myth 7)? Do those need debunking for you? We don't think so. Find the myths.
EINSTEIN'S BRAIN. Fourteen recently uncovered photographs of Einstein's brain were the basis for a study by a university evolutionary anthropologist. The findings? The researcher is quoted as saying, "Although the overall size and asymmetrical shape of Einstein's brain were normal, the prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices were extraordinary. These may have provided the neurological underpinnings for some of his visuospatial and mathematical abilities, for instance." Read more.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF ASD KIDS. The Toronto Star recently carried an article of advice to parents of autistic children, advice provided by families who have been in that situation and from young adults with autism. The article includes such advice as "steel yourself"; "find other parents"; "go with your gut"; and "be willing to accept help." Find the advice.
CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. At this site this is an article titled "When Mom and Dad Disagree on the Diagnosis, or the Treatment." It reflects on an article on that topic in Psychology Today. If your household has encountered this situation, you might find the articles interesting. Go to CMI.
NCLD. The National Center for Learning Disabilities reminds us that the organization offers resources on dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia. Got an interest? Check them out.
WRIGHTSLAW: FREE IN OKLAHOMA. Wrightslaw is offering a free training session for residents of Oklahoma who are parents, attorneys and advocates concerned with special ed and disability law. Living in OK? Check it out.
PRUFROCK: FREE DOWNLOAD. Prufrock Press is offering a free download of several chapters of the book If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? The book is based on interviews with thousands of gifted young adults. Find the download.
ATTENTION RESEARCH UPDATE. David Rabiner has posted the October edition of this newsletter at his site helpforadd.com. He reviews a study of the beliefs of AD/HD college students about their meds in four areas:
- Whether the meds improved attention and academics
- Whether the meds caused "loss of authentic self"
- Social self-enhancement
- Common side-effects.