AUTISM INCIDENCE. A Washington Post article is titled "We Need a Better Explanation for the Surge in Autism," the increased incidence we noted in a blog post a week or so ago. "There’s something wrong in the way that we measure the data or there’s something extraordinary going on," writes the author -- who then goes on to explore some options, genetic changes included. Find the article. Separately, SSRI antidepressant use in pregnancy might be causing a tiny bit of the increased incidence. Mothers taking SSRIs in the first trimester were 3.2 times more likely to have boys with autism. Read more.
AN ARTICLE ABOUT POPULAR COLLEGE COURSES had a slightly 2e twist to it. The article listed 10 courses which were "not just a credit but an event." Among the 10 was a course on livestock handling taught by Temple Grandin at Colorado State University, and one titled "Self-theories" at Stanford taught by Carol Dweck, which focuses on helping freshmen change a fixed mindset. Find the article. Separately, Ms. Grandin is to speak and be honored at Columbia University Teachers College convocations in May; read more.
TBIs AND SOCIAL COMPETENCE. Head injuries can make children more prone to being loners, according to research. Injury to the right frontal lobe affects such factors as participation in groups and the number of friends. Interestingly, the researchers feel that working memory training might be able to treat the deficit. Find out more.
SENG WEBINAR. The next SENG webinar is titled "Beyond Academics: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students." From the blurb: "The gifted child’s asynchronous development is not just academic. But their needs are not so different: gifted kids need to be accepted for who and what they are, and to have the same social/emotional experiences as other kids. How can we accomplish this both at home and in school?" Find out more.
DON'T FORGET that we have two brief videos posted on YouTube. One features Susan Baum on twice-exceptionality, the other features Matt Wanzenberg on the transition to college for 2e kids. Find them.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Soon you might be able to see what your child will look like when he or she grows up, thanks to software under development at the University of Washington. Can't wait for the child to grow up to find out? Read more.