VISION PROBLEMS AND DYSLEXIA. A new fMRI-based study indicates that visions problems don't lead to dyslexia, and that "visual system function shouldn't have a role in diagnosis or treatment." Rather, visual problems in dyslexics are the result of the disorder, not a cause. While the study found that kids with dyslexia might have deficits in their brains' visual system activity, that level of activity could be increased with tutoring; again, the deficit was a seen as a result of the dyslexia and the lack of reading experience in this population. Read more.
GIFTED AND 2e VIDEOS. Since posting last time about a video titled "Taming the Worry Monster," by Dan Peters, we've become aware that other videos on gifted- and 2e-related topics from Dan are available. One is on misdiagnosis of gifted children; another is on asynchronous development of gifted kids.
TED TALK. A TED talk by Andrew Solomon is disturbing but provides insight into the situation that 2e families find themselves in. It's about differences -- more broadly than in our 2e community -- but very relevant. He addresses the questions, "What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)?" and "What's the difference between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?" Find the talk.
ADHD AND COMORBIDITIES. Dr Larry Silver is scheduled to present a free webinar on June 11 titled "Understanding Comorbid Conditions Associated with Attention Deficit." Sponsored by ADDitude, Dr. Silver is clinical professor of psychiatry and an engaging speaker. Find out more.