Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Law and 2e, ASD in College, Depression, More

IDENTIFYING AND SERVING THE 2e: LEGAL ISSUES. 2e Newsletter contributor Rich Weinfeld has co-authored an article for a CEC gifted group covering what the law says about identifying and serving gifted students who are also educationally disabled. The article covers law such as IDEA, court decisions based on law, and letters in which governmental bodies offer guidance on 2e-related matters. Find the article.

AUTISTIC IN COLLEGE. Forbes has an article describing how different colleges and universities offer support and experiences for students on the spectrum. The programs differ in the amount of independence they expect and the amount of support they offer. Among the institutions covered: Rochester Institute of Technology; Mercyhurst University, which has an entire residence hall for Aspies; Rutgers, which apparently mainstreams their ASD students; Nova Southeastern University; and Boston College. Find the article.

DAYTIME SLEEPINESS, ADHD may be linked, according to new research reported at ScienceWorldReport.com. Hypersomnia is the condition, and young people with it are more likely to be experience learning problems, ADHD, or conduct problems. Read more.

DEPRESSING NEWS. Preschoolers diagnosed with depression are much more likely to be depressed throughout their elementary and middle school years, according to a new study. Kids with a conduct disorder or a depressed mother were also more likely to show later depression, but preschool depression was a better predictor. Unfortunately, according to the researchers, there's no "proven, effective treatment for depressed pre-schoolers." Read more. Separately, other research indicates that gene changes over the course of a lifetime may contribute to stress-related illness such as depression and PSTD. Read more about the study, which depended on fMRI, saliva and blood testing to investigate serotonin transporter genes, and actual brain tissue examination.

IN AUSTRALIA? In New South Wales, you can attend a seminar for teachers and parents called "Case Studies in Twice-exceptional Children: Underachievement, Motivation, and Mindset," offered by the Gifted Families Support Group; find out more. In Sandringham, Victoria, the organization Kids Like Us, which focuses on and supports twice-exceptional youth, is presenting a six-week program for parents titled "Turing into Teens." It's for those with 10- to 18-year-olds. Find out more. (Thanks to Jo Freitag for letting us know about these events through her Gifted Resources Newsletter).

NCLD, in the current issue of LD News, explores executive function -- what it is, its different aspects, working memory, and more. Find the newsletter.

RISE AND FALL OF A 2e ACHIEVER? A man who is a gifted, intense athlete gave an interview to The New York Times recently. The Times writer called him "intelligent" -- more precisely, "foul-mouthed and funny, juvenile and intelligent, intense, and prone to mumbling." Former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra was the interviewee, talking about the 13 months since he'd been released from jail on charges that included bankruptcy fraud. What leaped off the page at us was Dykstra's admission that it was hard for him to stay on topic. "I put the A in ADD," he is quoted. Find the article.

FROM THE DAVIDSON INSTITUTE: The University of Nevada at Reno is offering an endorsement in gifted education starting this fall. Davidson Academy instructor Jessica Sambrano will teach the first course of the 12 credit program, EDSP 681 (Characteristics and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students). The class is completely online and features both weekly synchronous meetings via Blackboard Collaborate, and an active, engaging asynchronous component. The class will be relevant and informative to any educator of gifted students, according to DITD. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- something else to worry about, microwave radiation emitted from wireless devices. A scholarly article "reports that children and fetuses are the most at risk from neurological and biological damage that results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, due to the higher rate of absorption of microwave radiation by children than by adults." Find out more.

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