Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updates from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

DSM-5 AND DYSLEXIA. notes that the definition of "learning disorder" in the proposed revisions to the DSM has been changed to "specific learning disorder" and that previous LDs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and disorder of written expression are no longer recommended. The article notes the linkage of the proper label to legal rights as specified in IDEA or ADA, and also notes that the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity is petitioning against the removal of dyslexia as a diagnosis. Check out the article

DSM-5 AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS. The spectrum of personality disorders in the new DSM is also a candidate for change, according to the New York Times, and the Times also provides a history of the diagnosis of such disorders. As with the proposed changes to dyslexia diagnosis (see above) changes to the diagnoses of personality disorders are facing increasing criticism. Find the article.

IDEA REG ON EVALS UPHELD. According the Education Week, judges on the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, have upheld a U.S. Department of Education regulation that school districts may have to reimburse parents for independent evaluations of kids with disabilities. The case involved a district that refused to provide reimbursement. The article says, "The board argued that the regulation exceeded the scope of the IDEA because the statute itself did not authorize such reimbursements." Find out more, and bet that this will be covered on Wrightslaw soon.  

AUTISM NEWS. Three articles in the Archives of General Psychiatry are on the topic of autism:
  • An article noting a link to increased autism risk from traffic pollution
  • An association between autism and changes in immune function
  • An MRI study noting differences in brain surface area in autistic young men.
Read more

EFFECTS OF AD/HD MEDS. Time Magazine examines the risks and benefits of medications given to  young people with AD/HD, including the effect on crime rates, misdiagnosis, the children's opinions on the drugs, and more. Find the article

AD/HD AND COLLEGE. has updated an article titled "The College Planning and Application Process for Students with AD/HD: Successfully Navigating the Process and Finding the Best Fit College." The title says it all, so if you've got a college-bound youngster with AD/HD, you might want to check this out

WRIGHTSLAW. The current edition of Special Ed Advocate answers "questions about behavior assessments, positive intervention plans and supports, and what you can do to get help for children with behavior problems. You will also find behavior & discipline parenting and teaching tips." If this is of interest at your home or school, find the newsletter.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Remember how "seven" was the number of chunks of information we could supposedly keep in short-term memory at the same time? After 50 years, a researcher now says that number is four. Find out more

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