Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

JUST IN FROM THE EIDES. Just after we first posted the items below, we received notice of a Wednesday (8/21) webinar sponsored by Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide. During the webinar, Dr. Erica Warren, educational psychologist and adult dyslexic, will be introducing the topic of multisensory teaching and also include samples of materials she developed for use with children. Find out more

WHAT'S IT LIKE to be dyslexic, we at 2e Newsletter wondered as we drove back from the World Gifted Conference held in Louisville. It would be interesting to experience the world as a dyslexic person does to gain a better understanding of the challenges and strengths, we thought. Well, at the site of the National Center for Learning Disorders, Ben Foss, a dyslexic achiever, shares insights on what it's like. In the first of a multi-part series, he talks about shame and how it can affect you when, as he says, "you're terrible at a thing you're asked to do every day." He also offers his posting in two forms: one written with assistive technology (even technology most of us take for granted, like spell-check); and one without those aids, in what he calls, "my native tongue." Check out this fascinating look "behind the curtain," as Foss refers to it. 

WORRIED ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, and all the ways young people can "plug in" to the world to communicate and entertain? A recent Diane Rehm show on NPR addressed that issue. From the blurb for the show: "In a new book, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair argues that widespread use of electronic devices exposes kids to unhealthy values and puts children at risk at every developmental stage. She says technology has negative effects on empathy, attention and family relationships. Diane and her guest discuss the effects of technology on children and their families and what parents can do about it." Find the show.

AUTISM AND PLAY. A professor of education at SUNY Buffalo State studied play options that appeal to children with ASD, finding that “Children with ASD chose to engage in play that provided strong sensory feedback, cause-and-effect results, and repetitive motions.” Sensory feedback included not only the five "standard" senses but also vestibular and proprioceptive senses. The professor also comments on how the need for sensory stimulation may be satisfied in a variety of settings. Read more.

JOHNS HOPKINS CTY and Cogito are partnering to provide research awards that enable high-ability middle- and high-school students to do research in STEM fields. According to the website for the program, winners "will receive grants to help cover expenses associated with their research projects and will be paired with a mentor to support them through the research process." Find the site.

GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The Fall edition of this newsletter is out. It contains articles covering problems and issues in gifted ed; resources available for teaching gifted students; imagination in the visual arts; and the life and work of Anton Checkov. Find the issue.

BACK TO SCHOOL 1. Wading through all of the press releases and articles tied to the start of the school year (and touting things as diverse as wheat germ and yogurt), we found that Netflix now offers some Scholastic television shows to subscribers, shows such as The Magic School Bus and Goosebumps. If you're a Netflix subscriber and think positively about shows like those, check it out at your Netflix account.

BACK TO SCHOOL 2. NCLD reminds us that it has an "IEP Headquarters" on its site. There's a chance someone you know and love might have an IEP; if so, check it out.

SODA AND... VIOLENCE? Maybe. Research published in the journal Pediatrics says there's a link, and that soda "causes aggressive, violent behavior in children as young as 5 years old." Kids who drank at least four servings of soda per day were twice as likely to engage in reported aggressive or violent behaviors. (According to an article about the study, "The American Beverage Association disagrees with the findings of this study.") Read more.

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