Tuesday, February 11, 2014

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

IGNORE THE CRITICS is the title of a blog post at the site of Autism Speaks. In the post, a 31-year-old man with Asperger's emphasizes the value of persistence in achieving the skills you seek. He is wary of stereotypes that discourage exploration; for example, despite the stereotype of "poor social skills," the blooger has worked as an assistant funeral director and is a frequent public speaker. The blog series is called "In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum." Find it.

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY is updating its guidelines to physicians who diagnose and treat patients with ASD. Among the recommendations are that clinicians take a multidisciplinary approach that includes a full physical exam and a genetic workup. According to Disability Scoop, "Physicians should help families obtain appropriate educational, behavioral, communication and medical treatments for their child... What’s more, they should take an active role in long-term planning and provide support to parents and siblings." Read more.

A KID ON THE SPECTRUM runs up about $17,000 more in services per year than typically developing children, according to a recently published study. Those services include health caare, schooling, caregiving, and therapy. Find out more.

PREVENTING AUTISM? An article at Dana.org covers an at-birth treatment with an FDA-approved substance that might prevent the development of autism-like signs in offspring. The current research involves mice. The eventual trick: determining which babies should be treated. Find out more.

ANXIETY DISORDERS. A longitudinal study of children with anxiety has revealed that 61 percent of those children met the criteria for at least one mental disorder by the time they were 21 years old. What's more, children with generalized anxiety disorder were found to have a higher risk of depression as adults. Find out more about the study.

TEENS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. High media use. Reduced sleep. Low physical activity. These are all risk factors for mental health issues, according to a European study. Know someone with one or more of those risk factors? Find out more.

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH ADHD. An article in District Administration describes how schools are using measures such exercise balls to help students with ADHD focus. Also covered in the article: the use of sensory kits; exercise breaks; and -- radical! -- finding out what interests students have as a gateway to "student-specific" action plans. Find the article.

INTO EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE? The 3rd Annual Virtual Festival of Emotional Intelligence runs from March 10 to 15 and includes free online events and resources. For example, Dan Sigel will address his work Brainstorm, and Mary Helen Immordino Yang will present on neuroscience for education. Find out more.

JHU CTY STEM GRANTS. The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University has awarded 12 high school students with STEM reseach grants called CTY Cogito Research Awards. According to the organization, the CTY Cogito Research Awards is one part of Cogito.org’s mission to foster the development of the world’s most promising young scientists and create a community that includes peers as well as working scientists and mathematicians. Membership to Cogito.org is open to all students ages 13 to 18 affiliated with CTY, and to other students in that age range by nomination from teachers and other educational organizations. Read more about this program.

LDA CONFERENCE IN ANAHEIM. The Learning Disabilities Association is holding its 51st annual conference in Anaheim, California, on Feburary 19-22. Featured speakers will address topics that include Universal Design for Learning, technology for those with LDs, and a success story ("High School Dropout to Harvard"). Also appearing at the conference, Rich Weinfeld, a past contributor to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. "Food pairings" can evidently help kids learn to like vegetables. The technique involves pairing something new with something the eater already likes -- like combining Brussels sprouts with cream cheese. The technique is called "associative conditioning." Will it work on your picky eater? Find out more.

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