Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From the Publishers: News Items, Resources

ADHD AND SLEEP. The brains of children with ADHD appear not to consolidate emotional memories during sleep as well as the brains of typically developing children, according to a study reported at HealthDay.com. HealthDay says, "This deficit in sleep-related emotional processing may worsen the emotional problems of children with this condition." Read more.

STRATEGIES TO HELP WITH MATH STRUGGLES are presented in an article at the site of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. The author explains how slower processing speeds or executive-function problems can cause more trouble with math in later grades, and what can be done to help. Find the article.

FONTS AND DYSLEXIA. A difficult font can evidently help dyslexic children comprehend better. The rationale? “Our study suggests dyslexic pupils benefit significantly from reading information in a hard-to-read font and supports the idea that it is the greater cognitive processing that helps students remember what they have read,” said the researcher. Find out more.

AUTISM AND DSM-5. Using criteria in the DSM-5 might drastically reduce the incidence of autism diagnoses, according to Family Practice News. "Only 35% of a sample of children diagnosed with ASD before age 3 based on DSM-IV criteria retained the diagnosis when DSM-5 criteria were applied," reports the publication. If this issue is a concern of yours, find the article.

2e COLLEGE RESOURCE. Hoagies' Gifted has a page with information and resources for twice-exceptional students in college, points out an advocate for 2e kids. (Thanks, Marcie.) Find the page at the Hoagies' site. Way to go, Carolyn K.

CEREBRUM monthly offers major articles, some of which are relevant to raising or educating twice-exceptional kids. This month, the feature article at the site is called "Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain." The editor's note for the article says: "Few issues are as important to the future of humanity as acquiring literacy. Brain-scanning technology and cognitive tests on a variety of subjects by one of the world’s foremost cognitive neuroscientists has led to a better understanding of how a region of the brain responds to visual stimuli. The results could profoundly affect learning and help individuals with reading disabilities." Find the article.

THE COLORADO ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED AND TALENTED has scheduled its annual conference for October 7 and 8 in Denver. While aimed at educators, the conference also features a parents' institute. Invited speakers include Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, US DOE; Jim Delisle, a Colorado GT favorite; and Susan Jackson, GT consultant and researcher. Registration is now open. Find out more.

STABILITY BALLS FOR ALL. We've seen stability balls in use at places like the Brideun School for twice-exceptional kids. It appears that all children might benefit from these "seats." An article in the Bangor Daily News tells more. (Thanks, Dan, for the pointer to this article.)

GOT A COMPLAINT? A real complaint about how your child's education is being handled (or mishandled)? Wrightlaw's Special Ed Advocate addresses how to file complaints, "warnings to heed, and questions to ask" before you file. Find the newsletter

ABILITY GROUPING of gifted children is the subject of a podcast at Prufrock Press. Joel McIntosh and Todd Kettler discuss the topic. The podcast is available at Prufrock or at iTunes.

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