Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TEACHING THE BRAIN TO LEARN is the title of an article at T.H.E. Journal in which experts talk about the importance of cognitive stimulation for infants -- and for students of all ages -- in order to properly shape the brain for learning. Mentioned in the article is the importance of emotion on learning, and on that topic sometime 2e Newsletter contributor Judy Willis is quoted. Find the article.

TOURETTE'S TREATMENT. Psychiatric News last month ran an article about treatments that have recently emerged for Tourette's. The article covered genetic and environmental influences on the occurence of Tourette's, then went on to discuss a couple treatments with drugs (alpha agonists, antipsychotics) and a "comprehensive behavioral intervention for Tourette's (CBIT). Find the article.

HOW ADHD MEDS WORK is the topic of a piece at the site of NCLD. It covers stimulant meds, non-stimulants, side effects, and combinations of medicines and other interventions. Read more.

THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (TA Center) is a proposed website to help students with LDs know what kind of disability services colleges provide. The TA Center would also provide training to educators and serve as an information hub. The problem: the center evidently needs funding, says NCLD, which offers a way for you to tell your senator that you favor funding for such a funding. Interested? Find out more at NCLD.org.

LANDMARK COLLEGE, one of very few in the U.S. that cater to students with learning challenges, is holding a summer institute for educators from June 24-27. Author Thomas West kicks it off with a keynote, and the institute, according to Landmark, consists of three concurrent morning strands (cerebrodiversity and learning; executive function coaching; tablets as assistive tech), a variety of afternoon sessions, and networking. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Enthusiastic explanations of basis phenomena are often quite engaging, and Stony Brook University, as part of its "Flame Challenge," has recognized two scientists for their explanations of "what is color," directed to an 11-year-old audience. Find out more in a press release, or go right to the winning entries. BTW, this challenge is part of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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