Thursday, April 3, 2014

A YOUNG SCIENTIST WITH LD is competing in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair for the second straight year, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her research topic: autism, for which she has compiled a comprehensive survey that parents complete, with the goal of better identifying causes and symptoms of autism. The young scientist's own challenges are in the area of reading comprehension and sensory processing. Find the article.

SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS. A science writer at the Washington Post reviews AAP-recommended limits on media time for kids (none for 2 or younger, two hours for 3 to 18) and offers tips for ensuring "a healthy media diet." Is this an issue at your house? Find the article.

ADHD MEDS. A video at the site of thc Child Mind Institute covers options for ADHD meds. From the blurb: "Jeffrey Newcorn, MD, of Mount Sinai Medical Center talks about how every individual responds differently to treatment and has different circumstances, making close consultation with a doctor and commitment to the process keys to success." Find the video.

GENDER AND THE BRAIN is the topic of an article at Cerebrum, sponsored by the Dana Foundation. Some of the article deals with what is apparently a long-running battle between those who believe gender differences exist and those who deny it. Find the article.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH. A member of the board of education in Paterson, New Jersey, evidently decided to do what he could to increase awareness of autism with an open letter published at news. In it, he says, "I want to get the message out that children who are classified into the Autism Spectrum can learn just as well as children who were never classified." He covers stigma, the right to an IEP, and his reason for running for the school board -- his own son with ASD. His final words: "Educators should not limit a child's ability to learn because of an inability. Our children represent our future. If we fail to provide an efficient education to all our children, we will essentially destroy our future." Find the letter.

AN ARTICLE BY DEIRDRE LOVECKY, member of the Editorial Advisory Board of 2e Newsletter, appears in this month's newsletter from the Gifted Development Center. Her title: "Are Gifted Children Frequently Misdiagnosed?" She touches on misdiagnosis involving ADHD, eating disorders, OCD, and depression. Find the article.

WEBINAR ON 2e. NAGC is sponsoring a webinar by Megan Foley Nicpon and Dan Peters titled "A Twice-exceptional Discussion to Help Teachers and Parents Better Advocate for Services." It's on April 9, 12-1 pm, free to NAGC members. Find out more.

LEARNING AND THE BRAIN is presenting Dr. Judy Willis in two different summer institutes. One is titled "Neuroscience and Classroom Engagement"; the other is "Neuroscience and Executive Skills." Other institutes deal with mindsets and the neuroscience of reading. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Color blindness is not something we think of as an LD, but it can affect school performance. It turns out that 1 in 20 Caucasian boys have some type of color blindness, along with 3 percent of Asian boys, 2.6 percent of Hispanic boys, and 1.4 percent of African-American boys. One of the researchers who compiled these statistics spoke of the importance of identifying and accommodating color blindness: "That needs to start early on because labeling a child as not smart or bright enough is a huge stigma for the child and causes significant anxiety for the parents and family." Read more.

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