Monday, December 3, 2012

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

DSM-5 APPROVED. According to The Wall Street Journal, the content of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been approved by the board of directors of the American Psychiatric Association. The Journal reports, "The DSM-5 will combine subcategories such as Asperger's syndrome, a mild version of the condition, and 'pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified' into a single category of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)." Additionally, the Journal says that there have been no changes to dyslexia -- not specifically mentioned in either the DSM-IV or DSM-5, in spite of some chatter we've seen about supposed changes. Find the article. Separately, take a poll on our website if you have an opinion on whether the DSM-5 will affect the diagnosis and treatment of twice-exceptional children. 

BIOMARKERS FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY IN YOUTH. The University of Cambridge says that scientists have discovered a cognitive biomarker – a biological indicator of a disease – for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety. The test for the unique cognitive biomarker, which can be done on a computer, could be used as an inexpensive tool to screen adolescents for common emotional mental illnesses.  According to the university, as the cognitive biomarker may appear prior to the symptoms of depression and anxiety, early intervention (which has proven to be one of the most effective ways of combating mental illness) could then be initiated. Read more

"DO WE SEE WEED OR DO WE SEE AN HERB?" That's the question Thorkil Sonne of Denmark asks to get listeners to recognize that the strengths of autistic workers may depend on the beholder. Sonne makes available autistic workers to technology companies, spurred by his experiences with his own autistic and remarkably capable son. We've blogged about this before, but the New York Times Magazine just published a story about it. Find the story

DEFINING GIFTEDNESS. In a recent blog and in our December 1st briefing we referred readers to an article by Jim Delisle concerning NAGC's hotly-discussed 2011 definition of giftedness. At Hoagies' website, the repository of all things gifted, is Delisle's article and also a point-by-point rebuttal of it by a member of the task force that crafted the NAGC definition. Anyone interested in how giftedness is defined is encouraged to read the second article as well as the first; find it

MATT COHEN, special ed attorney, has an article on the ADDitude site in which he dispels 10 common myths about AD/HD and special ed laws. Got a twice-exceptional child of the AD/HD persuasion? Check it out. 

DR. JUDY WILLIS has issued her November/December newsletter on neuroscience, which also notes her free ASCD webinar titled "The Essentials of Neurolearning," to be held from 3-4pm EST on December 11. Find the newsletter.

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