Thursday, March 27, 2014

From 2e Newsletter: News Items, Resources

WHEN AN LD HITS THE FAMILY. Many in the LD, gifted, and 2e communities are involved personally or professionally because of family circumstances. Not many of us are accomplished researchers in cell biology and biochemistry, but when biochemist Ricardo Dolmetch's son was diagnosed with autism, he shifted the focus of his research to the biochemistry of autism. He gives a very interesting interview to a New York Times reporter -- find it.

TOO MUCH INFORMATION? We don't generally point to "long form" articles from this blog, but apparently American parents have had it with extended-length articles about parenting -- this according to a humorous piece in the New Yorker. Here's the kind of article the writer means: "...articles that begin with a wryly affectionate parenting anecdote, segue into a dry cataloguing of sociological research enlivened with alternately sarcastic and tender asides, and end with another wryly affectionate anecdote that aims to add a touch of irony or, failing at that, sentimentality." If you sometimes feel overwhelmed as you try to research the best parenting techniques for your children, find this article. (Caution: mild profanity in the article, but it's the New Yorker, you know?) Thanks to Greg for pointing us to this piece.

ALSO VIA GREG: A piece in the Onion titled "Intrepid Middle-Class Parents Embark on Daring Search for Mythical Perfect School District." If you've got a 2e child, you'll probably appreciate the humor here. Find the article.

AUTISM is the topic of several news items this week. A piece at Science Daily says that increasing awareness might explain the increase in autism diagnoses, for example that doctors are discovering more girls, teens, and adults with autism recently; find the piece. Another Science Daily article is on a study that suggests girls are protected from autism because females require larger genomic disruptions than males for autism to be expressed; find the article. And the Child Mind Institute points to several resources concerning autism and sensory overload; go there.

ALSO AT CHILD MIND INSTITUTE, an article on dealing with explosive behavior in children. (We know there are none of those in the 2e community but thought we'd pass this on anyway.) The article offers tips for dealing with the behavior while it's happening as well as for figuring out causes and for getting professional help. Read more. Separately, a piece in Science Daily contends that children learn "aggressive ways of thinking and behaving from violent video games" -- kind of like learning to play the piano. Find the piece.

ADHD: REALLY A DISEASE? That's the questions addressed by an article at the site of ADDitude. The writer defines disease, discusses "deviation from the norm," and concludes that the real question should be "whether the adult or child will be better off... undergoing treatment that reduces the normalcy gap." Read more.

DAVID BOIES is, apparently, "possibly our country's most famous lawyer" -- something we were not aware of -- but he has dyslexia, which makes this interesting. In an interview with NCLD, the lawyer describes how compensating for his poor reading ability gave him certain strengths. In the interview, he offers advice to kids diagnosed with dyslexia and to their parents. Find the interview.

NEUROTRANSMITTERS AND READING. Higher levels of glutamate and choline in the brain are associated with lower reading proficiency in young children, according to a Yale University study. Read more.

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