Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ADHD, Dyslexia, Transitions, Advocacy, and More

ADHD IN THE WASHINGTON POST. The Post has published Parts 2 and 3 of a series of posts by Valerie Strauss on ADHD, based on the writings of Ned Hallowell. Part 2 is titled "What Many Parents and Teachers Don't Understand about ADHD in Kids," about the diagnosis and medication of ADHD. Part 3 consists of ten misconceptions about ADHD. (We have a feeling that readers here would not be at all susceptible to the misconceptions, however. See what you think.)

TENNESSEE DYSLEXIA RESOURCE. The Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia, in Murfreesboro, offers a variety of resources for students, families, and educators. Coming up on March 5 is a free half-day reading conference on literacy education. An article about the Center explains more about the event and the Center's activities; find it.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. The often disruptive "transition" is the topic of a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute. If this is an issue at your house, find the article and its tips for smoothing transitions. The article notes how transitions can be a bugaboo for kids with ADHD, anxiety, ASD, and SPD -- but we surely don't need to tell you that. Find the article.
AUTISM SCREENING. A company is screening blood samples in an effort to develop a biologically based method to diagnose autism. The company specializes in detecting the byproducts of cellular activity and then applying high-powered statistics to detect patterns among thousands of metabolites. Read more.

DIAGNOSING ADHD. If you're heavily into the details of rating scales for diagnosing ADHD, you might be interested to know that recent research evidently indicates that the commonly-used scales are of comparable effectiveness, with some caveats. Find a write-up of the study, which originally appeared in the journal Pediatrics.

IN AUSTRALIA? Do you know about Jo Freitag's Gifted Resources Newsletter? In it, she reports on gifted and 2e-related news from Down Under and the rest of the world. In this issue she previews Gifted Awareness Week in Australia. And if you like exploring the Internet, she usually provides a list of "interesting websites and blog posts" to take you around gifted hyperspace. Find the current issue.

HARD-CORE ADVOCATES: Applications are now being considered for this summer's William and Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy, July 31 through August 5 in Williamsburg, Virginia. According to Wrightslaw, "The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law. The program will include 25 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field." Find out more. (You could go to the SENG Conference in Williamsburg from July 22 to 24, then hang around Virginia until the advocacy event started. :-) )

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