Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Asperger's, IEPs, Accommodations, More

AUTISM SPEAKS offers occasional "In Our Own Words" stories in which persons on the spectrum describe what it's like. The most recent story is by a young man with Asperger's who is a recent film school graduate. He talks about his interest in film making, how he was able to develop it, and some of the challenges he encountered during his education. Find the story.

LANGUAGE DELAY AND TWINS. Evidently it's not uncommon for twins to develop language later than single children. Some have hypothesized it was because of the extra demands on the mother's attention. But a recent study shows that the effect is greater for identical twins than for non-identical twins, indicating that the effect is indeed genetics-based, although certain delivery complications more common with twins may also contribute. Read more.

GIFTED DEVELOPMENT CENTER. This organization has issued its summer newsletter, noting that the Center is now 35 years old. Also in the newsletter: a pointer to two programs 
on 2e kids broadcast on Blogtalk Radio with Linda Silverman and Bobbie Gilman. Find the GDC newsletter.

WRIGHTSLAW has released number four of its six-part summer school series on the IEP process. This one is titled "Maintaining Control at IEP Meetings." Find it.

ADDITUDE. David Rabiner pointed us to an ADDitude feature titled "12 Steps to Smarter School Accommodations," steps starting with "document warning signs" and extending through "review and reassess." Find the feature.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- which you might have already intuited is true. According to a press release from the University of Colorado, playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention. Working on class assignments or gardening in such settings also provide stress-reducing benefits. Natural-terrain schoolyards may include dirt, trees and woods, and water features. Evidently woods are not only a great attraction to students, but, based on the researchers' observations, led to longer attention spans and a sense of empowerment in the children. Read more.

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