Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

WE MENTIONED LAST WEEK how Dan Aykroyd had recently discussed his Asperger's diagnosis in an interview with a UK newspaper. The Huffington Post today has an article that includes Aykroyd and seven others with Asperger's; the article is titled "These 8 Inspiring People Will Change the Way You Think about Autism and Asperger's." Find the article.

DAVID RABINER, in his e-newsletter, pointed us to a series of articles at ADDitude providing behavior and discipline tips for parents of kids with ADHD. If behavior is sometimes an issue for your bright child with ADHD, perhaps check out the tips.

ON THE OTHER HAND, Science Daily brings us the story of a technique in development that could obviate the need for reading and practicing tips about modifying ADHD behavior. The technique involves identifying the area of an individual's brain responsible for inhibitory responses -- self control -- then using brain stimulation to increase the activity in that area, enhancing self control. We will probably not find the equipment for this technique at Wal-Mart anytime soon; however, researchers say it "may one day be useful for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette's syndrome and other severe disorders of self-control." Read more.

THE DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE NEWSLETTER for December is out, and it includes mention of a webinar on December 16. About the webinar, the Eides say this:
We're thrilled to have gifted designer Madalyne Hymas joining us to tell us her personal story about how she grew up thinking of dyslexia as only something negative -- then she began researching into the strengths and advantages associated with dyslexia and how it changed her whole perspective. She chose to create her capstone project on the Dyslexic Advantage and she went on to win the prestigious VSA Award, have her projected exhibited at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian, and speak to the Dyslexia Congressional Caucus. This should be a great webinar also to invite teens, young adults, and those interested in arts and design.Also mentioned in the newsletter: The best iPad apps for dyslexia; and an opportunity for dyslexic adults to participate in a research study. Find the newsletter.

EDUCATION WEEK is offering a title from its new "Focus On" series as a free download for a limited time. The title is Focus On: Identifying and Motivating Underachievers. Of the series, Education Week says, "These easy-to-read guides are designed to be used by pre-K-12 educators for professional development. The series presents key findings from education research and provides practical tips for your toughest instructional challenges." Find the download.

AACAP RESOURCE. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has on its site "Facts for Families," 110 pieces of written guidance for dealing with situations ranging from ADHD to violence on television, with lots of 2e-related topics in between. While the treatment of many topics looks to be at an introductory level, necessarily, the range of topics is impressive. There's even one titled "Normality" -- whatever that might be. Find the list. The facts are also downloadable as a folder full of zipped PDFs.

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