Monday, November 19, 2012

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

COMPUTER-BASED ATTENTION TRAINING. A researcher in Singapore has developed an intervention that uses a computer game along with EEG monitoring to improve symptoms of AD/HD. An eight-week, three-times-a-week course of training led to improved parental ratings for both attention and hyperactivity. Find out more

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

TBI TREATMENT. Newswise reports that the first treatment breakthrough of its kind for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke will be published in the December 1 issue of the journal CNS Drugs. The study evidently provides clinical evidence that, for the first time, chronic neurological dysfunction from stroke or traumatic brain injury can rapidly improve following a single dose of a drug that targets brain inflammation, even years after the initial event. Go to the Newswise account.
LEARNING IN DIFFERENT CULTURES. An NPR story offers insight into the differences between education and learning in eastern and western cultures. The story starts with an anecdote sure to get your attention -- and possibly make you squirm as you read it. Find the story
NAGC. We just returned from the NAGC convention in Denver, and we'll be providing coverage of the sessions we attended in the newsletter and on the website. In the meantime, check out Tamara Fisher's coverage at her blog "Unwrapping the Gifted."

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 He reviews a study of the beliefs of AD/HD college students about their meds in four areas:
  1. Whether the meds improved attention and academics
  2. Whether the meds caused "loss of authentic self"
  3. Social self-enhancement
  4. Common side-effects. 
See how Rabiner interprets the study.  

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