Thursday, April 18, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

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THE "WE PROBABLY KNEW THIS" DEPARTMENT. A new study indicates that children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use screen-based media, such as television and video games, more often than their typically developing peers and are more likely to develop problematic video game habits. The study involved 202 kids with ASD and their typically developing siblings. The researcher noted that the ASD players "may have problems disengaging from these games." Read more.

WORKING MEMORY AND ASD. Researchers have found previously that propranolol, a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure, anxiety and panic, could improve the language abilities and social functioning of people with an ASD. Now, University of Missouri investigators say the prescription drug also could help improve the working memory abilities of individuals with autism. However, the researchers do not recommend that doctors prescribe propranolol solely to improve working memory in individuals with an ASD. Find out more.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. The Institute now has on its site a page called "Parents Guide to Getting Good Care." The Institute describes the guide this way: "In this guide we take you through the steps to finding the best professional (or team) to treat your child. Along the way, we offer things to look for to insure that you're getting quality care, and questions to ask to evaluate both the clinicians and treatments they offer." Find it. Separately, the Institute and 75 partners are launching "Speak Up for Kids" programming to promote children's mental health. The programming kicks off on May 1. Find out more. (Way to go, CMI.)

DOCUMENTARY ON AUTISM. From a press release: "She can design a building to blueprint specifications and insightfully dissect complex engineering concepts, all with only a high school education and no formal training. Flying machines and the smell of tires fascinate her. Yet understanding how to charge for her work, whether freelance architectural design or professional presentations, evades her. ...[She] simply tries to live the sort of life most people take for granted." Through a newly produced documentary, viewers can enter the life of Laura Nagel, who is autistic. Find out more.

CONTROVERSIAL LD THERAPIES is the topic of an infographic and associated guides/resources at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Offered are advice for what to do when a child is struggling in school or identified with an LD, all keyed to various ages. Find the resources.

PROJECT EYE TO EYE is a mentoring organization, pairing young-adult mentors who have LDs or ADHD with younger students in order to "builds the skills necessary for developing self-esteem and then [show] students how to turn that into academic success." (Find out more about Eye to Eye.) At the site of the Child Mind Institute, you can watch a brief interview with a young man -- a graduate of Columbia University -- describing " the difference that LD/ADHD mentoring could make in his own life and the lives of his mentees" through participation in Eye to Eye. Find the video.

ADDITUDE has on its site a page where visitors review and describe their experiences with ADHD medication and alternative treatments. There are 22 forums, each devoted to a treatment. Some have dozens of comments, some just a few, but if ADHD is part of the 2e equation in your house some of the comments might be useful. Find the forums.

EDUCATIONAL APPS are the focus of a new website that aims to provide expert guidance and information on apps by category (reading, social interaction, etc) and age stages. Read more. Find the site.

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