Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OCD, Dopamine, Dyslexia, and 2e on Pinterest

WHEN YOUR KIDDO IS DIFFERENT -- than you. Different in temperament or in how he or she reacts to the world, or to the educational experience. Sometimes parents, after a diagnosis on one of their children, realize that they, too, are 2e, or gifted, or have an LD. But sometimes parents might find it harder to "identify" with their own child. That's the topic of a post by a psychologist blogger at Find it.

2e ON PINTEREST. A search for "twice-exceptional" on Pinterest turns up many "boards" related to our topic; find them. Some of the pinners' names will be familiar to readers of 2e Newsletter.

DOPAMINE: FOOD FOR ABSTRACT THOUGHT? Researchers trained monkeys to do math problems involving "greater than" and "less than," which involve the prefrontal cortex. Stimulation of the dopamine neurotransmitters in that area enhanced the monkeys' ability to solve the problems. Practical implications? Not many, but the study shows, evidently, how little we know about how and why dopamine affects our brains. Read more.

ULTRASOUND AND OCD. A proof-of-concept study used focused ultrasound to ablate (scientific meaning: to zap) specific brain areas in "certain subjects" (qualification not defined in the write-up) with obsessive compulsive disorder. The ablation reduced OCD thoughts and behaviors as well as improving symptoms of anxiety and depression in the treated patients. It was a small study -- four subjects -- but all reportedly showed improvement. Read more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The December newsletter from this organization is out. In it, a reminder of a December 15th webinar with inventor Howard Wexler on dyslexic gifts; an article on teaching creative writing to dyslexic students; a pointer to an article on dyslexia and Common Core State Standards; a profile of a dyslexic artist who has won a Caldecott award; and more. Find the newsletter.  And if you're feeling generous and want to support the work of this non-profit, you'll find an opportunity to contribute. 

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