Thursday, June 20, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

DOES RITALIN WORK? A study in Quebec, Canada, raises questions about whether Ritalin improves outcomes in kids with ADHD, according to an article at A 14-year longitudinal study of behaviors and educational outcomes (test scores, matriculation to higher education, etc) after Ritalin became more available to treat ADHD in Quebec found "little overall improvement in outcomes" over the short term. Why not? Read more.

POLLUTION, AUTISM. Time Magazine reports on "the first national study of in utero exposure and autism rates," a study showing that moms living the areas of the country with the highest quintile of pollution were twice as likely to have a child on the spectrum than moms in areas with the lowest quintile of pollution. The article also noted that air pollutants may contribute to higher rates of cancer, hyperactivity, and obesity. Find the article.

READING BUT NOT COMPREHENDING. Researchers at Vanderbilt's college of education have been studying Specific Reading Comprehension Deficits (S-RCD), where students can read well but not understand what they're reading. Supposedly affecting three to ten percent of "good" readers, the condition is distinct from dyslexia, as shown by brain imaging. Find out more.

SIBLING BULLYING can be even more stressful to the victim than bullying by a non-family member, according to an article in The New York Times. The article says, "those who were attacked, threatened or intimidated by a sibling had increased levels of depression, anger and anxiety." Read more at The Times site or in a news release. Separately, The Times also reported on how bullies may use food allergies to attack a victim by switching foods or deliberately exposing a child to an allergen. Got allergies at your house? Find out more.

HIGH-FAT DIETS in adolescence can lead to impaired memory and learning ability in adulthood, according to a recent study of mice. So, while it might be too late for us, it's not too late for you to get that twice-exceptional child you raise or educate into a lower-fat diet. Read more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The June newsletter is out, reviewing the Conference on Dyslexia and Talent and pointing to videos recorded at that conference. The newsletter also notes a newly posted webinar that is an introduction to dyslexia and the dyslexic advantage. Find the newsletter.

EDUCATION WEEK has posted a blog whose author describes the differences that can occur in classrooms when teachers take developmental considerations and individual needs into account. The author asks, "What if compliance is incompatible with students' developmental needs or abilities?" Find the blog.

WRIGHTSLAW has published Part 2 of a series about IDEA requirements and your child's needs, including a checklist to make sure your IEP is truly individualized. Find Wrightslaw's Special Ed Advocate.

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