Thursday, April 25, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AUTISM 3X. The New York Times has run three recent articles on autism. One is a review of John Elder Robison's book Raising Cubby, about the experience of an autistic father raising an autistic son. A quote from the book: "He was so difficult he reminded me of myself." Another is an account of efforts to develop drugs for autism, efforts aided by new understandings of the genetics behind autism; find the article. And the third reported on a study that tied physical characteristics of the placenta at birth to the risk of developing autism; find out more.

AUTISM SYMPTOM TREATMENT. Researchers have developed a vaccine to act against a gut microbe that causes gastrointestinal distress in many children with autism. The vaccine has been successful in animal testing, but it will be years before it is on the market. Find out more.

PANDAS. The Child Mind Institute has posted an article about this uncommon, but frightening, sudden-onset disorder. The condition is often brought about by strep, and leads to OCD-like symptoms. Find the article.

ACCESSIBILITY IN TESTING. Assessments under Common Core standards may become more accessible for all students, including those with LDs, according to an article in Education Week. Two education groups are attempting to design new assessments that will replace the current patchwork of tests now in place. Find out more.

SENG NEWS. The April newsletter from Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted is out, with information about this summer's conference and other items. This month's newsletter is apparently not posted online, but you may find much of the news (and sign up for the newsletter) at the SENG site.

ON PARENTING. A cultural anthropologist explains at Slate how parents around the world view their role and their children in different ways -- and differently from American parents. From the article: "...ethnotheories are distinct enough, at least to an outsider, that they are apparent in the smallest details. If you look just at the words parents use to describe their children, you can almost always predict where you are in the world. In other words, your most personal observations of your child are actually cultural constructions." Find out how American parents are different from parents in the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, and other countries.

CHILDHOOD EXPLORATION involves coming up with hypotheses about how the world works and how you're going to reach goals. According to researcher Alison Gopnick, children younger than 6 are at their peak when it comes to generating low-probability hypotheses for problem-solving. According to an article about Gopnik's research, "Such low-probability hypotheses often fail. But children, like adventurous scientists in a lab, will try these wild ideas anyway, because even if they fail, they often produce interesting results." Read more.

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