Monday, September 30, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

DYSLEXIC AWARENESS MONTH. Dyslexic Advantage says that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. In their current newsletter, the Eides offer these ways to "spread the word": 
  • Dyslexia is common: one in five people are dyslexic. 
  • Dyslexia often presents with specific challenges in reading, writing, and other academic skills, but dyslexic 'wiring' also predisposes to skills, talents, and abilities in many types of work and innovation. 
  • A better understanding of dyslexia's 'full picture' will help classrooms and workplaces become places where dyslexic people thrive. 
The Eides offer dyslexia awareness handouts at this location. Separately, October 2nd is the date for a Dyslexic Advantage webinar titled "Science, Engineering, and Dyslexia: College and Grad School Perspectives." Find out more.

OUR RECENT POLL. In the last poll on our home page, 57% of respondents said they try to read the briefing on a smartphone. (And 28% on a tablet.) Does that work for you? We notice that a good percentage of the items we point to are formatted for mobile devices, but how about the briefing itself? Thanks for any feedback. The current poll covers advocacy -- parents, tell us how you advocate for your child at school by taking a poll on our home page.

ADHD AWARENESS MONTH. October is also apparently ADHD Awareness Month. A site for the event has pointers to some of the organizations supporting the awareness event; find it. Separately, ADDitude has its own guide to ADHD Awareness Month; go there.

CELEB WITH AUTISM. Thirty-five years ago, young Daryl Hannah started in movies such as Splash and Blade Runner. People Magazine reports that Hannah "was diagnosed with autism as a child and suffered from 'debilitating shyness' as a result of the disorder," and that she says "the best thing in her life now is growing comfortable in her own skin." Find People. Separately, the Child Mind Institute provided commentary on how clinicians might miss autism in girls like Daryl Hanna; find the commentary.

IDENTIFYING GIFTED KIDS. The state of Victoria in Australia is offering guidelines to early childhood educators and healthcare providers to help them identify signs of advanced development, encourage development of gifts, and prevent the students from later becoming disengaged or dropping out. “All children have the right to develop to be the best they can," one Australian expert is quoted. Read more.

DYSLEXIC ACHIEVER. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has posted a video interview with billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Find the interview.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE eNEWS UPDATE. DITD's September e-newsletter is out, with news of the recent Google Global Science Fair, a new Prufrock book on gifted education, and more. Find the newsletter.

ASD LINK. A maternal viral infection might stimulate a pregnant mother's immune system, disrupting the development of neural cells in the fetus and leading to characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. (And we continue to wonder how many links there are, genetic, in utero, and otherwise, that lead to ASD.) Find out more.

SLEEP FOR TEENS. If, after observing teen difficulties with "rising and shining" in the morning, you feel that starting the school day later makes sense, you might find a recent article on the topic interesting. It covers the consequences of sleep deprivation, and obstacles to a later school start along with what some schools are doing about the problem. Read more.

THE DANGER OF LABELS. An article in the Chicago Tribune contains this quote: "The work he'd done was excellent, his reasoning beautiful and precise. He was plenty intelligent — just slow." It's part of an article on how teacher use euphemisms to describe students, and how those can be imprecise and unhelpful. "Students manage to fail in thousands of ingenious ways," says the writer, "and we teachers have developed a vocabulary to match." Find the article.

PRIMORIS ACADEMY, in New Jersey, bills itself as "New Jersey's only school exclusively for gifted children." Unfortunately for families with twice-exceptional children, the school at this time is not recruiting or accepting 2e students because of a lack of the resources necessary to accommodate these students. But a spokesperson for the school says on LinkedIn says that "perhaps we would be able to accommodate them in the future." Too bad, but score one for honesty and academic integrity. Find the conversation on LinkedIn.

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