Friday, August 19, 2016

New Newsletters, Books, ADA Regs, and More

NEW ADA REGULATIONS. According to Disability Scoop, new regulations clarify exactly who is protected under the American with Disabilities Act. Prominent in the list of conditions are ADHD and learning disabilities. Read more.

JAMES WEBB FANS, you can see a 22-minute podcast of psychologist/author/presenter James Webb at the site of The topic: guiding gifted kids, based on Webb's new book, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children. Find the podcast.

SPD. On the site of the Wall Street Journal is a recently-posted video titled "Treating Children for Sensory Processing Disorder." The 2:47 "Lunch Break" primer-level content is delivered by a WSJ reporter. Find the video.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. For this time of year, the Institute has posted an article titled "7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child." While the article is not aimed at parents of 2e kiddos, all seven of the categories can apply to a twice-exceptional child, such as disclosing strengths and weaknesses. As the article says, "It’s just as important for parents to tell teachers about issues at home that may affect school performance as it is for teachers to report how children are doing in the classroom." Find the article.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The crew here seems to crank out content-laden e-newsletters with amazing ease. The August issue is out on -- yep -- back to school. If you're sending a dyslexic child off to school this fall, be sure to check out the newsletter.

GIFTED CHALLENGES. This blog, by a psychologist/advocate/consultant/parent, devotes a posting to the recently-published book Your Rainforest Mind, reviewed a few weeks ago by the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. The blog post is in the form of an interview between psychologist Gail Post and author Paula Prober. If you've been curious about the book, find the blog posting.

LANDMARK COLLEGE. This school, which caters to students who learn differently, has issued its most recent newsletter. In it, the school announces a new B.S. program in computer science; sets forth upcoming events, including the college's Fourth Annual LD Innovation Symposium; and relates other news. Find the newsletter.

NOW THEY TELL US. Several recent studies relate in utero exposure to certain substances to "e's."
  • Using the common pain-relieving medication acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for multiple behavioral problems in children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Find the study write-up.
  • An unhealthy diet -- high in fat and sugar -- during pregnancy has been linked to symptoms of ADHD in the child's early life. Find the study write-up
  • Boys exposed prenatally to a BPA, a common chemical used in plastics, may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10-12. Find the study write-up.

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