Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

ACCEPTING AUTISM, BECOMING AN ADVOCATE. A man diagnosed in adulthood with high-functioning autism has become an autism advocate, according to a CNN article. He is now a co-director of  the Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education at the University of Victoria in Canada. The Centre focuses on the use of technology to help people with autism. Of his reinvention, the man says, "I was invisible until I found my inner splendor." Find the article

AD/HD AND MUSIC. A researcher investigating the effect of music or video as a distractor for those with AD/HD found that, for most children, music was not a distraction in terms of focusing. In fact, for one subgroup studied, music "was nearly as effective as medication." Read more

EARLY INTERVENTION FOR AUTISM. A review of more than 100 studies of interventions for young people with autism found "no more than moderate evidence demonstrating the benefits of any of the approaches,” according to the lead author of the study. On the other hand, the researchers said that young people with autism should have access to at least 25 hours a week of treatment for issues such as communication and play skills. Read more

BEATING OCD. A very articulate teenager, in an interview at the site of the Child Mind Institute, describes his OCD: how it started and progressed, how he dealt with it, how it got really bad -- and then how, with the help of a psychiatrist and "exposure" techniques, he beat it. It's a fascinating insight. Find it

AD/HD AND COLLEGE. A federally-financed study called TRAC aims to find out more about the needs of college students with AD/HD and, eventually, increase the probability that those students can graduate. The study will follow students at 10 colleges over a four-year period. Find out more

LD ONLINE. The November e-newsletter from this site features an article on college prep for those in their senior year of high school and an article on difficulties and solutions for the reading portions of tests like the SAT. Find the newsletter

504 PLANS. Sometimes IDEA does not apply to a twice-exceptional child but Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law, does. A video at the site of the National Center for Learning Disabilities explains the 504 plan. Find it.

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