Thursday, March 5, 2015

2e Explosion, ADHD, Anxiety, Testing, More

COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK is how Mike Postma describes the increase in the number of 2e kids in the 21st century. Writing in the SENG Vine Newsletter, Postma provides his own several-decade perspective as GT educator and offers several possible reasons for the apparent population explosion. He concludes, "[I]t is our duty to defend their rights to a free and appropriate education despite the necessity for additional efforts, resources, and understanding." Read more.

ANTIPSYCHOTICS can sometimes be part of the brew prescribed to twice-exceptional children. A new study from the University of Vermont indicates that while most clinicians prescribed the drugs properly, many did not follow guidelines for also administering lab tests to monitor blood glucose levels and cholesterol. Properly prescribed, antipsychotics are used only when other drugs or non-pharma treatments fail. Read more.

ANXIETY: PASSING IT ON. 2e kids can tend to be anxious, and a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute points out how parents can sometimes pass on their own anxiety to their children. The article offers tips for parent to manage stress in a healthy way and avoid "infecting" that child you raise. Find the article.

ADHD. "sets the record straight" on ADHD prevalence. An article at the site notes a variety of factors that can influence prevalence, including which edition of the DSM is used by the diagnosing clinician. Also affecting diagnoses: who made or influenced the diagnosis (doctor, educator); and where in the world the child resides. Find the article. Separately, a study write-up with the imposing title "Effect of Treatment Modality on Long-Term Outcomes in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review" indicates that a combination approach -- meds and behavior modification training -- is the most effective treatment method for ADHD. Is ADHD the second "e" at your house? Find the write-up.

UNDERSTOOD focuses this week on dyslexia, with an article on playing to your child's strengths; another titled "5 Things not to Say to your Child about Dyslexia"; and a parent's perspective piece where a mom tries to put herself in her dyslexic daughter's shoes. Separately, if you're looking to connect with experts and other parents on specific LD-related topics, it seems that Understood offers "Expert Chats" daily. Find a list of dates and topics.

CREATIVITY AND SENSORY OVERLOAD. New research from Northwestern University suggests why the inability to shut out competing sensory information while focusing on the creative project at hand might have been so acute for geniuses such as Proust, Franz Kafka, Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and many others. The study's lead author says that "leaky" sensory gating, the propensity to filter out "irrelevant" sensory information, happens early, and involuntarily, in brain processing and may help people integrate ideas that are outside of the focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world. Read more.

BPA, ASD. A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. Why are we not surprised? And why are we still using this stuff? Read more.

SMARTER? OR BETTER TEST TAKERS? Rising student test scores might not mean smarter kids, just that kids are getting better at test taking. Read about the "Flynn Effect" and how, for example, student test scores rose 20 points over the last six decades.

BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK is this month. Gear up for it by watching a video from the Dana Foundation. Find the video.

TESTING and test score interpretation is the topic of the current Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw, which promises "In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn how to use psychological and educational achievement test scores to measure your child's educational growth." Find Special Ed Advocate.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- about headphones, earbuds, and hearing loss. The World Health Organization says that over a billion teens and young adults are at risk for hearing loss because of unsafe levels of sound from personal audio devices and loud concert venues. Read more. And just because going to all of those Grateful Dead concerts didn't hurt your ears doesn't mean -- hey, ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?

1 comment:

Penny Williams said...

This article is jam-packed with great information and news relevant to kids with disabilities (and we parents). I really appreciate getting so much great information compiled in one area! I'm going to jump over and read the piece on anxiety -- sadly, I am high anxiety and I think it gets passed on to my kids sometimes.

Penny Williams
Author of "Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD" and "What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ADHD"