Thursday, October 30, 2014

CAPD, ASD, ADHD, PLPs, and Some Resources

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER is a not-uncommon second "e" in the twice-exceptional. This week, the site of the Child Mind Institute has three articles on the topic. (It's called central auditory processing disorder, or CAPD, by some.) One article tells what the disorder is; another provides symptoms; and the third offers help for kids with the disorder. Find the articles.

AUTISM AND GENETICS. Recent research indicates that more than a hundred genes may be involved in various forms of autism. The genes are mostly spontaneous mutations, not inherited. According to an NPR report on the research, one group of mutations can be found in Aspie-type boys, another group in children with low IQ. Another report about the research notes that further work may ultimately link a thousand or so genes to autism risk.

UNDERSTOOD, the new website on learning and attention issues, received a nice boost from a write-up in The New York Times last week. If you haven't checked out the site, perhaps read the article to see what you've been missing. Separately, Understood answers this week a common question about kids with ADHD -- should they avoid sugar? You might be surprised at the answer. Find the Q&A.

ADHD AND FISH OILS. We've blogged about this before, but there's new research on the topic. Evidently the omega-type fatty acids can help kids with one type of ADHD -- the inattentive type. The researchers also reported on the use of a cognitive training method for ADHD and oppositional defiant order that shows promise. Find out more.

SENG. The organization's October newsletter is out. One item introduces SENG's Interim Administrator, who takes over for the previous executive director Liz Campbell. Of note to our readers: Deborah Simon brings to her new duties both professional and personal experience in twice exceptionality. And another feature of the newsletter, 100 Words of Wisdom, this month focuses on the twice exceptional. Find the newsletter. Separately, SENG has an upcoming SENGinar on November 6 titled "Building Resilience in Gifted Children: Fostering a Sense of Autonomy and Confidence." Find out more.

CONFERENCE: NAGC MALAYSIA. On November 1, NAGC Malaysia will hold a conference in Sunway, Selangor. At least one of the speakers appears to be "2e fluent." In the neighborhood? Find out more at or on the conference's Facebook page.

EDUCATION WEEK reports on Vermont's introduction of personalized learning plans, or PLPs, for middle- and high-school students. The plans should help teachers gain understanding of students "interests, skills, college and career goals, and learning styles," according to the Education Week article. Dual enrollment is encouraged, along with standards other than test scores for showing subject-area mastery. Sounds like a good deal for twice-exceptional students in Vermont, indeed for all students. Find the article. (Free registration required.)

WRIGHTSLAW, in Special Ed Advocate, takes on the topic of bullying in school, including Office of Civil Rights considerations, how bullying of a student with a disability can lead to denial of FAPE (and the obligation of the school in such cases), and an article titled "When Teachers Bully." (Now there's a depressing thought.) Find Special Ed Advocate.

BRAIN MAVENS will be happy to know about a free neuroscience resource from Harvard University. It's an online course in the fundamentals of neuroscience, and apparently it covers, in an accessible way, topics such as the synapse and "excitation and inhibition." Find out more about the course. You can register through edX, Facebook, Google, or Twitter.

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