Monday, February 27, 2017

ADHD, Parenting, Research Participation Opporunities, and a Seussian Take on IEPs

BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FIRST FOR YOUNG KIDS WITH ADHD. That's the conclusion from a report from the Centers for Disease Control on how to address ADHD in kids under six years old, according to an article in The Washington Post. Read it.

THERAPY DOGS IN SCHOOL. The Supreme Court has ruled on an appeal of a decision from a lower court on when parents are entitled to sue the school district over its prohibition of a service dog, in this case for a girl with cerebral palsy. In a decision that didn't really address the issue of the right to a service dog, the high court directed the lower court to rework its decision using guidelines handed down by the high court, says Disability Scoop. Read more.

ADDITUDE is offering a free webinar replay titled "Beyond Hello: Building Conversation Skills in Children with ADHD." In her practice, speech/language pathologist Anna Vagin, the webinar presenter, serves the twice-exceptional, among other audiences. Find out more.

SHARP BRAINS reports on a study that indicates sleep difficulties might impair children as much as ADHD does. The article notes that between 70 and 85% of children with ADHD might have co-occuring sleep difficulties, and that sleep difficulties "may be an important contributor to apparent ADHD symptoms, and could contribute to a child being incorrectly diagnosed." Read more.

TiLT PARENTING offered up two new items this past week: a podcast where 12yo Asher, son of TiLT's founder, answers readers'/listeners' questions -- for example, on how he stays positive when he gets in trouble just for being who he is. Find the podcast. Second is a blog posting by Debbie, Asher's mom, on the topic of how do do a "reset" in a difficult parenting situation. She describes a four-step process. Find the blog.

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES. The Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stonybrook University on Long Island, New York, currently has two studies in progress that might be of interest to some members of the 2e community:
  • One study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to learn more about the role that different biological and psychological factors play in kids’ and teens’ “real world” social functioning. This study will help better understand how effective social competence develops, and to create more effective and precise treatments for youth with ASD. The study is recruiting children between 11 and 17 with ASD; it requires three in-lab visits totaling about 4.5 hours, according to the researchers. For more information, contact and refer to the "I-SPY" study. 
  • A second study, to better understand how attending to social interactions may affect behavior, seeks young people 18 or older with ASD. This, too, requires several in-person visits to the lab. Go to and see the "Paying Attention to Social Interactions" study.
KID PROJECTS. Got a 2e kiddo who likes (or who you wish liked) hands-on projects? TED has a playlist of eight talks "to inspire projects with kids." They include turning trash into toys for learning; hands-on science with squishy circuits; and more. Find the talks.

2e NEWSLETTER. Some of the material from our January/February issue is now available on our website, including columns by Sylvia Rimm and Bob Seney. Find the material.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Wrightslaw has on its website a poem, "IEPs According to Dr. Seuss," by an unknown author writing in the Seussian style. Find it, and thanks to TECA for pointing us to it. "I do not like these IEPs..."

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