NEUROSCIENCE IS... Bunk? A good thing? Two recent articles articulate these views. On the one side is an article in Salon titled "Pop Neuroscience is Bunk." The subtitle tells us, "The media -- and some scientists -- use brain imaging to explain law, politics, even theology. It's often hooey" On the other side is an article in The New York Times titled "The New Science of Mind," which explains, among other things, how neuroscience now lets us tell which depressives are candidates for successful cognitive behavioral therapy and which for successful medication. Our suggestion? Read both pieces and see what you think. You might also want to check out a third article, this one in the journal Nature, titled "Neuroscience: Solving the Brain," about the technological challenges involved in understanding how the brain works.
DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The Eide-authored book of this name was an inspiration to a graphic design student with dyslexia, prompting her to enter and win an award in a program designed to showcase art from emerging artists with disabilities. Her work, along with the work of other finalists, is to be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum this fall. Find out more.
HYPERACTIVITY: FROM THE EAR? A new study has shown that, in mice, inner-ear dysfunction can cause neurological changes that increase hyperactivity. The researchers connected a gene to the dysfunction and to a particular signaling pathway involved in locomotor activity. Find out more about the study.
ROBOTIC THERAPY FOR HANDWRITING. Got a kid who has handwriting problems caused by poor fine-motor skills? Researchers have developed a robotic device that provides guidance and feedback to such children, improving handwriting skills. Read more, but it's our guess you probably won't find the device at Wal-Mart anytime soon.
PARENTING RESOURCE. The New York Times as created a synergy between two of its regular offerings, Booming (for baby-boomers) and Motherlode (about parenting). Boomer parents respond to questions that Motherlode parents pose. The first question: What to do when a child has school-refusal inclinations. Find the feature.
UNWRAPPING THE GIFTED. In her current post, educator and author Tamara Fisher explores medical misdiagnosis of gifted kids, inspired by the Misdiagnosis Initiative launched by SENG. If you'd like an overview of this issue, check out Fisher's blog.
SMPG TRAINING. Speaking of SENG, the organization is offering training in October for those who wish to become facilitators for SENG Model Parent Groups, in which parents gather on a regular basis to discuss gifted- (and 2e-) related issues. The training is in Tacoma, Washington, on October 12-13. Find out more.
PARENTING RESOURCE. A site called RadioMD.com features pediatrician experts offering advice on a wide range of topics, from the new flu vaccines to sleep, to phthalates and more. Phind the site.
A TRIO OF RESOURCES FROM NCLD. At its site, the National Center for Learning Disabilities has posted:
- A page of links to articles on therapies -- controversial therapies for LD, LD "cures," vision therapy, auditory training therapy, and more. Find the page.
- An explanation of FAPE, a term we use often at 2e Newsletter, along with a chart of FAPE myths and facts. Find the page.
- "Dyslexia Insight #4," with "seven secret fears about your dyslexic child," fears provoked by real-life language and comments you might hear from others. Find the page.