Thursday, August 22, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

DON'T SHORTCHANGE THE SIBLINGS. Education Week has published an article on research on the effect a disabled young person has on the family, specifically on siblings. Girls with disabled siblings were more likely to leave school earlier than their peers; boys were not affected in that way. The disabilities included in the study went far beyond learning disabilities, but this could be a red flag for families with twice-exceptional children. Read more.

A COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY CYNIC writes about his experiences with teaching techniques based on ideas such as Gardner's multiple intelligences in The Guardian. He now applies one criterion to new ideas for the classroom: "Doe this help the children learn better?" He also offers three tips for otherwise assessing such ideas. Find the article.

LABELS. A public radio station takes on the question, "Is it time to get rid of IQ tests in public schools?" Those chiming in are a middle-school teacher who has written about IQ testing for The Atlantic; a psychologist and author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined; and a psychologist who treats public school kids. Find the show.

ALLERGY, ASTHMA, ADHD. Researchers are studying whether there's a link between asthma, allergies, and ADHD, noting an increased incidence of ADHD in children with allergy and asthma. They speculate that medications for allergy and asthma might contribute to the increased risk of ADHD. Read more.

ANTIPSYCHOTICS, DIABETES. Children whose mood or behavior disorders are treated with antipsychotics such as risperidone have up to triple the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first year of treatment, compared to children in a control group. The researchers noted that "The use of these drugs for non-psychosis-related mood, attention or behavioral disorders in youth/children now accounts for the majority of prescriptions." Find out more.

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS face a crisis in innovation, according to The New York Times. Despite the relatively high number of Americans (25 percent) who suffer from a mental illness, most research dollars are evidently concentrated in other areas, such as cancer. Find out why.

HYPERSENSITIVE KIDS SOUGHT FOR STUDY. Unviersity of the Sciences, in Philadelphia, is looking for hypersensitive kids aged 5-12 to participate in a study of the possible benefits of sound therapy during sleep. According to the University, researchers "will select 30 children who have a history of fear or overreaction to touch, sound, smell, and sight." The study is slated to begin in October. Find out more.

SUICIDE BIOMARKERS. Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have found a series of RNA biomarkers in blood that may help identify who is at risk for committing suicide.The researchers said the biomarkers were found at significantly higher levels in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients with thoughts of suicide as well in a group of people who had committed suicide. Read more.

NCLD is offering back-to-school advice to help alleviate anxiety in kids with ADHD or an LD. Find it.

ATTENTION RESEARCH UPDATE. An August issue of this newsletter from Dr. David Rabiner is out but evidently not yet posted on his site; it addresses research on the question of whether adolescents can tell when they're taking ADHD meds. One helpful blogger has posted the newsletter; find it.

STRESS AT SCHOOL. More and more schools are adding programs to allow students to better handle stress, according to USA Today. Read the article to find out how schools are using pet therapy, yoga, and more.

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