Thursday, June 27, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

TOURETTE'S AWARENESS. The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada held a Twitter-based event to raise awareness of what it's like to have Tourette's, a condition that causes verbal and physical tics. The event illustrated verbal tics, such as "Build a biscuit, put a sheepdog on top." Read more about the event at CNN.

RABINER ON THE DSM-5. David Rabiner has written on changes in the DSM-5 that affect ADHD, posting his commentary in his newsletter and also at He covers the core symptoms in the new edition (basically the same as before), the list of hyperactive symptoms, revisions in the age-of-onset criteria, the "multiple settings" requirement, and more. He sees the most significant change as the way the DSM-5 lowers the bar for diagnosis by changing a requirement of "clinically significant impairment" to simply "interference" with social, academic, or occupational functioning. Read more.

AUTISM AFFECTS a broad range of sensory and motor skills, according to a study reported at Part of the problem is an impairment in the way the cerebral cortex talks to the thalmus, a structure deeply involved in sensory/motor activity. Read more.

TBI. As we prepared this post, we found three items on brain injury. One noted that children with ADHD are more likely to suffer effects from mild TBI; read it. A second reported on a study of the incidence of TBI in Canadian students in grades 7 to 12; 20 percent of these young people reported such an injury at some point. Find out more. Third: another study showed that soccer players who frequently head the ball "have brain abnormalities resembling those found in patients with concussion," which is a mild TBI; find the write-up.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. On the site of this organization right now is an article titled "Why Childhood Anxiety Often Goes Undetected (And the Consequences)." Among those consequences: the possible development of conditions such as OCD or panic disorder, and a higher likelihood of developing depression. Find the article.

DYSLEXIA AND CREATIVITY. A three-part series at covers "The Dyslexic and Creative Mind." If dyslexia is in the mix for that twice-exceptional child you know, check out the series.

TEMPLE GRANDIN presented a talk on autism at the Commonwealth Club in Palo Alto on June 4. The event was recorded on audio; if you're a Grandin fan, find it.

NCLD. The National Center for Learning Disabilities currently has on its site recommendations for books by authors with LDs. The recommendations are groups by age range. Find the list.

HEATED DISCUSSIONS. The definition of giftedness is always a topic that elicits a variety of opinions from those in the gifted and 2e community, and one such discussion is going on right now in a LinkedIn group; find it. Separately, another LinkedIn discussion has provoked sharp comments over the value of a patented glasses lens technology for "treating" dyslexia; find it. LinkedIn membership (free) is required to view or comment in these discussions.

AND FINALLY, THIS. According to a news release, an organization called KidLead is offering "the first-ever leadership program for preschoolers and early childhood students." The curriculum is aimed at kids as young as two years old. 

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