Thursday, April 11, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

SEASONALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH. Researchers using Google search data tracked searches related to several mental health conditions found that in the winter queries were higher than in summer. In particular, in the U.S., inquiries about ADHD were 28 percent higher in winter; OCD inquiries were 18 percent higher. The study compared inquiries from the U.S. and Australia (opposite seasons) and found that the rise and fall in the two countries mirrored each other. Read more.

SPEAKING OF ADHD. 2e Newsletter editor Linda Neumann has informed the staff that we will now use ADHD rather than AD/HD, as we've done since the inception of the newsletter. Evidently the usage style has changed in 10 years. We will now follow the style of such organizations as the National Institutes of Health. But that's okay; we'll save thousands of forward-slashes, repurposing and recycling them for other uses instead. By the way, if you've never visited the NIH site, you can see what they offer on ADHD here.

ADHD DIAGNOSIS RATE. A writer for Time Magazine reflects on the New York Times article on the increase in diagnosis rates for ADHD, noting that the study is not yet peer reviewed along with some other caveats. She goes on to cover the real-life effects on society of "our current cultural obsession with ADHD and the stimulants used to treat it." Find the article.

EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF ASD. How early a child is diagnosed as being on the spectrum depends on the behavioral symptoms displayed, according to new research. And while early intervention is a goal --- and research suggests that autism can be diagnosed by age 2 -- most kids are identified at age 5 or later. Read more.

EDUCATION WEEK/TEACHER has published an article titled "7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special-Needs Students." Many of the methods apply to twice-exceptional children -- such as discovering strengths, providing positive role models, and using A.T. and UDL. The article is directed at teachers, but parents should find it useful as well. Find the article. (Free registration may be required.)

ALSO AT EDUCATION WEEK: A free "Spotlight" (not to be confused with our "Spotlight on 2e Series") is available for download. The topic: college readiness and access. Included are articles on preparing students for the academic and financial demands of college; the importance of certain "soft skills"; and "early-college high schools." Find the article.

SPEAKING OF "SPOTLIGHT." We at 2e Newsletter are offering, through April 20, free shipping on booklets from our "Spotlight on 2e Series" covering various 2e-related topics. Paid subscribers to the newsletter, please check your inbox from Tuesday for the link to use; others, find out more at this link. Because of exorbitant international postal rates, the offer is good only for readers in the U.S. and Canada -- and after shipping a package yesterday to a Canadian purchaser at a cost of $21, it's likely that this will be the last "free shipping" offer that includes Canada. (So order now, Canadian friends.)

MISDIAGNOSIS. The Child Mind Institute has a new article on its site about the most common misdiagnoses in children. The article covers alternative possible diagnoses for inattention, repetitive distressing thoughts, restricted speech, sadness/fatigue, and disruptive behavior. Not absolutely certain about your kid's diagnosis? Check out the article.

MEET THE SCIENTIST WEBINAR. An April 16th webinar by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is titled "Bipolar Disorder: Harnessing Brain Plasticity for Improved Overall Outcomes." Registration is free. Find out more.

WRIGHTSLAW encourages parents to be highly involved in developing IEP plans, and offers a new "pop-up" tool to "answer questions about how you and the IEP team determine the services & accommodations your child needs." Find it.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Recently published research indicates that those who are physically fit and in good physical health have better attention spans. According to the research, the experimental group with good physical condition demonstrated a better cognitive performance with regards to sustained attention when compared with the group with a more sedentary lifestyle, and also demonstrated more rapid reaction times. Find out more. And get that kid outdoors or to the gym.

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