Tuesday, July 9, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

IT'S A STRANGE TIME OF YEAR. The news releases we're reading are mentioning both "the start of summer vacation" and "back to school." Plus the news machine seems to have shifted into low gear this week. But here's what we've found relating to giftedness, LDs, child development, parenting, and education -- all to help inform you as you raise or teach those twice-exceptional children you know.

PARENTING: BEDTIME for kids should happen at a regular time, according to a recent study in the UK. Kids with irregular bedtimes may not perform as well cognitively, scoring lower on school tests -- and we surely don't want that for our bright young ones. Read more.

SUSAN ASSOULINE is profiled in an article at the University of Iowa website. Assouline is the director of the Blank-Center there, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Assouline describes the influences and pathways that led her to her position and talks about some of the impacts the Center has had. Assouline is a
 member of 2e Newsletter's Editorial Advisory Board. Find the article.

LD ONLINE's current issue of LD News focuses on executive function, along with its relationship to motivation (or the lack of it.) Parents and educators of bright kids who tend to be labeled "lazy" might want to check out the articles. Find the newsletter.

BRAIN STRUCTURE AND DEPRESSION. Recently we blogged about fMRIs that could detect increased activity in the amygdala in depressed preschoolers. Now comes a study showing connectivity differences in depressives in other areas, namely between the the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the medial temporal lobe. The study write-up is a little dense (or else we are), but researchers are trying to figure out the implications -- and causal relationships -- involved in their findings. Find the write-up.

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