Friday, November 8, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

ADHD DIAGNOSES are on the rise, and the results may be kids who are unnecessarily dosed with ADHD meds as well people who are skeptical of the ADHD diagnosis itself, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. That skepticism, according to the study's lead author, may lead "to the harm of those with severe problems who unquestionably need sensitive, skilled specialist help and support." Find out more.

AUTISM MARKER -- a baby's gaze. Evidently when and how long a baby looks into others' eyes can indicate the likelihood of a later autism diagnosis. From a write-up of the study: "infants who later developed autism began spending less time looking at people’s eyes between 2 and 6 months of age and paid less attention to eyes as they grew older." One implication might be a "window" of development a few months after birth when intervention could be effective. Read more.

AUTISM AND GI PROBLEMS are linked, in that children with autism are more likely to have digestive issues that others. While parents of ASD kids have pointed out this connection for a long time, the study's lead author said that little had been known about the true prevalence of the problems, also noting that the connection may be bidirectional. Read more.

NAGC POSITION STATEMENT ON 2e. We noted recently NAGC's publication of a position statement titled "Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment." Turns out that position statement was authored by the Gifted Development Center, founded by Linda Silverman. Our compliments on their authorship.

ALSO FROM GDC, an article titled "Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-Existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional." Published by SAGE Publications and listing 17 expert authors, the article addresses under-identification and offers five case studies to illustrate the challenges 2e students face, according to the GDC. Find the article.

NCLD'S current newsletter features ADHD, with articles on the subtypes, gender differences, meds and personality change, misdiagnosis, effects on learning, and the link with executive function. Find the newsletter.

ADVOCACY AND SCHOOL CHANGE. Education Week is sponsoring a free webinar titled "Empowering Parents to Transform Schools," scheduled for November 15, 2-3 pm ET. Find out more.

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