Thursday, May 14, 2015

ASD in College, Anxiety, Baby Talk, and More

FOLLOW-UP. We wrote last week about a seminar/workshop to be held next month for parents and educators of twice-exceptional children. Scheduled for June 14-18 in Abiquiu, New Mexico, it features neuroscientist Layne Kalbfleisch as presenter. She is offering a special rate to readers of 2e Newsletter. If readers give her name, LAYNE, at the time of registration, they will be able to stay in a double-occupancy room with private bath and receive meals and course tuition all inclusive for $650, a significant savings from the published rate of $1,045. Find out more.

ASD IN COLLEGE. Mercuryhurst University, in Erie, Pennsylvania, has a program called Autism/Asperger's Initiative, designed to not only provide academic instruction but also skills and knowledge in other areas necessary for success in "real life." An article at gives a great success story and tells how Mercuryhurst is working with other colleges to create similar programs. Find out more.

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ASD. Two recent studies highlight how autism is different in males than in females. The MIND Institute at UC/Davis noted differences between males and females with ASD in the area of the brain called the corpus callosum, which connects the two hemispheres of the brain. MIND research also discovered that behavioral differences between girls with ASD and typically developing girls were much greater than in the corresponding differences between ASD boys and typically developing boys. Find out more, and find out much more about the brain-difference research here.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has on its site a new article titled "Why Childhood Anxiety Often Goes Undetected (and the Consequences)." You know whether you need to read this article; find it if you do.

UNDERSTOOD has two features that might be of interest to parents and educators of the twice exceptional. One is an article describing Henry Winkler's new book, Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards, starring Hank Zipzer as a kid with dyslexia. According to Understood, this book is part of a prequel series to the originals, taking place before Hank's diagnosis. Read more. Understood also offers an blog posting titled "If My Kid Is So Smart, Why Is He So Slow?" We at 2e Newsletter know this issue is a big one for the parents and educators in our audience. The posting consists mostly of excerpts from the author's book on the topic; of note also are dozens of reader comments, many of which will likely resonate with readers here. Find the blog at Understood.

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS is the subject of the current issue of Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw. (No, we hadn't heard the term applied to education before either.) But if you've got a beef with school over services, sounds like this might be something to know about. Read more.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- baby talk. A write-up of a study from McGill University says that a research team there "has discovered that six-month-old infants appear to be much more interested in listening to other babies than they are in listening to adults." And you thought you were the center of that infant's universe. Actually, when you fed back baby talk to that infant and got a smile, you were doing a service. Read more.

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