ADHD is in the news this week.
- A study indicates that stimulant meds might lead to lower bone density in children being treated for ADHD; find the study write-up.
- Children who are often hospitalized in intensive care units are more likely to have attention deficit disorders later, and new research finds a possible culprit: a high level of plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates circulating in the blood. Find the study results.
- An online column at the site of The Hechinger Report bears the titile "New Therapies for ADHD: Buyer Beware." Find the column.
DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE has at its website a snapshot of dyslexia legislation in the United States. The snapshot says "Only 12 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s some pending legislation too." Find the snapshot and check your state.
SUMMER COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAM. A website called Struggling Teens notes a summer residential program intended to help twice-exceptional students make the transition to college. Participants live and take classes at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Find out more, or let us know if you're familiar with this program and can recommend it.
TED. A TED Talk recorded in February of this year provides insights into the habits of original thinkers. From the blurb: "Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies 'originals': thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure." Find out more. Separately, TED also has a "playlist" of talks on autism with the tag line "explore the science of autism -- and listen to the stories of the people who live with it." One presenter is Temple Grandin. Find the playlist.
DC AREA RESOURCE. At 11 a.m. on April 16, educational consultant Rich Weinfeld will give a presentation at the Arlington, Virginia, public library titled "Developing 2e and Asperger's Programs in Public Schools." Find more information.