Thursday, October 17, 2013

News, Resources Gathered by the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

DIFFERENTIATING ADHD SUBTYPES. EEG brainwave tests may distinguish between inattentive-type ADHD and combined-type ADHD in adolescents; furthermore, the tests may also rule out "normal" adolescents. The brainwave differences come during tasks involving visual processing and motor planning. The discovery may also aid in the development of appropriate treatments for each subtype. Read more.

ADHD DIAGNOSIS. Recently we blogged about how varying state educational standards might "encourage" higher rates of ADHD diagnosis. On October 15, a New York Times article offered two other reasons for the increase in diagnosis: policy changes that "incentivize" diagnosis, as embodied in IDEA; and FDA changes that allowed drug companies to market directly to the public. Find the article. You may also find commentary on the article at the site of the Child Mind Institute.

LETTING YOUR (DYSLEXIC) CHILD FAIL? A blogger at the New York Times addresses whether and when it might be okay to let a child with a learning disability "fail." Should a child be allowed to fail and "learn from it" in middle school instead of later on? The blogger recounts how early support -- when a child begins to struggle in elementary school -- is critical. Find the blog.

WRIGHTSLAW ON DYSLEXIA. The current issue of Special Ed Advocate covers what school is required to to for dyslexic students and offers tips for parents on dealing with school. Find the newsletter.

ADDITUDE is offering a free webinar on diagnosing ADHD on October 21 at 1pm ET. The three topics addressed are:

  • Learning about the steps to getting a foolproof diagnosis
  • Getting the latest information about new diagnostic techniques
  • What you should do before visiting with an ADHD professional
It's not clear whether the intended audience is adults informing themselves for the sake of their children, or adults who might have ADHD. Find out more.

OUR NAGC EVENT ALERT that went out today mentioned some NAGC session presenters who might be familiar to readers of 2e Newsletter, but omitted others, to our embarrassment. So: our apologies for omitting some of the most interesting members of the 2e community from the alert, professionals whose columns and articles we’ve published, sessions we’ve covered, news we’ve written about, and whose good graces we’d like to keep. The full list of "familiar" 2e-related presenters should have read as follows: 
Lois Baldwin, Linda Collins, Lori Comallie-Caplan, Terry Friedrichs, Bobbie Gilman, M. Layne Kalbfleish, Agnes Meyo, Megan Foley Nicpon, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Dan Peters, Sylvia Rimm, Julia Link Roberts, Bob Seney, Linda Silverman, Beverly Trail, and James Webb. It wasn't malicious! We look forward to seeing all of the presenters in Indianapolis in November. 

AND FINALLY, THIS: RATS, OREOS, COCAINE. Research by undergraduates at Connecticut College seems to indicate that lab rats behave toward Oreos like they do toward cocaine and morphine. A hypothesis is that sugars, fats, and salt may activate the brain's pleasure center the same way drugs do. One more thing pointed out in a write-up of the study: It appears that rats, like humans, will go for the Oreo filling first. Read more.

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