Thursday, September 28, 2017

IEPs & 504s, Communication with School, Carol Dweck, and More

GIFTED, ASD, WITH ANXIETY -- and only five years old. That's the lead in a Washington Post story about IEPs and 504s -- and which might be best for your kiddo. Here's a quote from the article about August, the five-year-old in question, that might ring true to readers here: "When August didn’t follow their instructions, [pre-school staff] told his parents that he was a defiant child who refused to stop making noises in class. [His mother] was confident that it wasn’t that her son wouldn’t stop making noises, but instead that August couldn’t stop." August's situation is the springboard for the article's considerations of the suitability of either an IEP or 504. Find the article.

AND ON THE SAME TOPIC, Wrightslaw's current issue of Special Ed Advocate offers to help you learn what the law says about IDEA, IEPs, and similar topics. Find Special Ed Advocate.

AND ON A SIMILAR TOPIC, Understood offers:
  • Parent-Teacher Boot Camp: Getting Ready for Your Next Meeting; find it
  • 8 Sentence Starters to Use When Talking to Teachers; find it
CAROL DWECK AWARDED $4M. The first issuance of an education research award established by a Chinese tech billionaire has gone to Carol Dwek for her work on "growth mindset," according to Education Week. The award is to "empower the change-makers in education, build a global community of education leaders and, ultimately, create long-lasting, enlightening impacts on mankind as a whole." Dweck's work has pointed out the importance of effort and its effects on motivation and performance. Read more.

DEBUNKING NERDINESS. Need some ammunition to help your kiddo feel more comfortable about the "gifted" label? The website of The Best Schools has profiles of 29 celebrities -- smart people with, says the article, "a true commitment to knowledge, education, and self-betterment." These are PhD and master's-credentialed actresses and MD actors, PhD pro basketball players, PhD rock guitarists, a JD pro football hall of famer, and -- well, you get the idea. Find the article.

FREE ONLINE DYSLEXIA SUMMIT. The organization Reading Horizons is offering an online event on October 12 featuring three presentations on dyslexia-related topics. Find out more.

SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER is the topic of the most recent podcast from TiLT Parenting. It features Carol Kranowitz. Says Debbie of TiLT, "it was a thrill and honor to get to chat with Carol about what sensory processing is, how to recognize it in kids, what it looks like at different ages, as well as to hear Carol’s thoughts on efforts to get SPD fully recognized as a disorder." Find the podcast.

RESEARCH.
  • From Medical News Today: "A new study confirms the link between inflammation of the brain and the prevalence of suicidal thoughts in people diagnosed with major depression. This is the first study of its kind to measure relevant biomarkers in living individuals." Find the article
  • From Science Daily, for brain mavens only: "New research advances understanding of the function of the brain's anterior cingulate cortex and its tie to human learning." Find the article.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sleep & ADHD, Policy & Law, Parenting, More

SLEEP, ADHD. A few weeks ago we mentioned a research study contending that sleep problems and ADHD might have a stronger connection that previously thought. Several journalistic outlets have picked up on that study. The Washington Post ran a story titled "Could some ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.? And Education Week also covered the topic, including reporting on a study where students had to give up any screen time for two hours before bed.

PARENTING 2e KIDDOS. A writer at Chicago Now offers "three things you should know about being the mom of a twice-exceptional child." We're sure you've got your own list of things to offer, but if you'd like to compare notes, check it out.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW.
  • A court told a Pontiac, Michigan, Catholic school that it could not discriminate against a student with dyslexia who was denied admission to the school. The Michigan law used by the judges mentions both public and private schools. Attorneys for the school said the law didn't apply because it didn't refer to religious schools. Read more, and thanks to Nancy M for bringing this to our attention. 
  • A request for input from the U.S. Department of Education brought about 15,000 comments, many from people and organizations worried that the department would relax enforcement of civil rights, which applies, of course, to our 2e kiddos getting an appropriate education. Read more
DEVON MACEACHRON has posted a new piece on her blog, this one on assistive technology for dyslexia. MacEachron is a psychologist specializing in 2e kiddos. Find the blog.

PARENTING: FREE ONLINE EVENT. Debbie Reber of TiLT Parenting pointed us to this. Here's what Debbie writes about the event: "Unfortunately, our kids don't come with instruction manuals... but there are people out there who devote their lives to discovering better parenting techniques and practices based on scientific research and knowledge of child development (I consider myself one of them!). And for the first time ever, 24 of these leading experts in child psychology, education, sleep and brain development are all gathered together in one virtual 'place' in what's being called the Be the Best Parent You Can Be." Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's September e-newsletter is out, featuring news about the 2017 Davidson Fellows; news about Davidson Academy and the Davidson Young Scholars Program; and more. Find the newsletter.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, THE MOVIE. Producer Tom Ropelewski has announced three upcoming screenings of this movie, one in Washington State on October 13, one in Maryland on November 14, and one in Santiago, Chile, on November 26 (email http://kmlynarzz@gmail.com. for more info). In addition, Ropelewski has posted a preview of his next 2e-related work, tentatively titled "2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional." Find it.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mental Health, Adolescence, Asperger's, and More

25, THE NEW 18. Yup, extended adolescence, and it's the topic of an article at Scientific American. If you thought your 2e kiddo would be (mostly) out the door and off your mind at 18, maybe think again. The article was sparked by research indicating that teens today are less likely to engage in "adult" activities such as sex and alcohol than teens in previous generations. One possible explanation: growing up in a relatively affluent, stable environment, which might lead to a "slower developmental course." Do you buy that? Should you worry about this? Check the article

MENTAL HEALTH. In the story above we found a quote about strategies for setting up older teens for success, from a psychologist who says that "one such strategy might be expanding mental health services for adolescents, particularly because 75 percent of major mental illnesses emerge by the mid-20s." By coincidence, UCLA has announced that it will make mental health screening and treatment available to all incoming students. Read more.

MORE COINCIDENCE. The Child Mind Institute this week features its annual Children's Mental Health Report, with a focus on adolescence. It echoes some of the themes in the Scientific American article, namely that:
  • The brain develops until at least age 25.
  • Most mental health issues surface before age 24. 
  • Awareness and programs can change lives. 
Find the report.

WHERE'S THE "ASPERGER'S" DIAGNOSIS? Not in the DSM-5. Still in the ICD-10. But, possibly, taking on "a culture of its own," according to a piece at Psychiatric Times. Read more.

INTERESTED IN tDCS, transcranial direct current stimulation of the brain? It's become a "thing" over the past few years for brain enhancement. Cerebrum presents an article it describes this way: "Originally developed to help patients with brain injuries such as strokes, tDCS is now also used to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory, coordination, and even gaming skills. The authors examine its potential and pitfalls." Find the article.

JEN THE BLOGGER discourses on whether homeschooling should focus on the acquisition of skills or the accumulation of facts, and offers some perspective on what 12 years can mean in the development of a kiddo in our community. Find "Laughing at Chaos."

GIFTED CHALLENGES. Psychologist Gail Post describes what a recently-issued statement on the importance of social-emotional learning can mean for gifted kiddos. The statement set forth four conditions for students; those who meet the conditions "are more likely to maximize their opportunities and reach their potential." But Post notes how gifted kiddos can be foiled by the four conditions, foiled in ways that are logical when one things about them but ways that one might not have thought of, which is why we should appreciate having professionals like Post around. Each of the four foiling conditions seems to us to apply to 2e kids as well. Find this thoughtful post.

PRIVATE EVALUATIONS VERSUS SCHOOL EVALUATIONS. Understood offers a list of the pros and cons of having a child evaluated by the school as opposed to a private assessor. Find it.

TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is a conversation between TiLT's founder Debbie Reber and a woman who is a life and leadership coach, founder of Mother's Quest, and -- mother of two differently-wired sons. Says Debbie: "In our honest and open conversation, Julie shares how she has embraced who her children are, how they’ve handled the issue of diagnoses and labels, and her big why for creating Mother’s Quest." Find the podcast.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED about the disparity between a child's ability to focus on schoolwork versus a video game? New research described at Science Daily might shed some light on it for you. Find the write-up.

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. The Social Competence & Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University is now recruiting participants for a new employment study, "Improving Outcomes for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder." The autism population, says the lab, is statistically the least employed population worldwide, and the lab has launched a nationwide, online survey intended for employers, parents, and individuals with ASD. The lab says the survey takes about 15 minutes. Find out more.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Lang School, Parenting Anxiety, Student Anxiety, ADHD, More

THE LANG SCHOOL for 2e students (profiled in the March/April, 2016 issue of 2e Newsletter), like other similar schools, was founded by a parent, Micaela Bracamonte, who wanted an education for her children that would fit their strengths and challenges. A story at the website Narrative.ly portrays Bracamonte's vision, drive, and independence as she built her school. Those in the 2e community will find a lot to relate to in the story, which will, hopefully, open more eyes about twice-exceptionality and its ramifications. Go to Narrative.ly.

PARENTING ANXIETY. Any sane parent feels anxiety about at least some of her or his parental duties and to the child's development. A parent writing into a column at The Washington Post says, "I manage my parenting anxiety by not reading parenting books. It’s too much contradictory information, and I get nuts about it." The columnist offers suggestions for dealing with the consequences of "too much information." Find the column.

WHAT DO YOU DO when other parents suggest that your child has ADHD? You might have your own favorite response -- but US News has some tips -- like, "consider the source"; how to handle rude people; and more. Find the article.

MORE ON ADHD. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation reports on research providing more clarity in how to diagnose ADHD in a child, in particular when using the Achenbach Scales. Read more.

PARENTS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES who deal with a child's "e's." Education Week has published an article by a teacher who has witnessed the upsurge in students with anxiety over the past decades. The teacher describes the manifestations of the problem -- absenteeism ("I just couldn't face school today"), missed assignments, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and more. The teacher/writer blames our culture for some of this. He also describes briefly how he has changed his engagement style to adapt. Find the article.

ADVICE FROM TEACHERS for other teachers and for parents -- that's what the current TED Talks playlist promises. Among the playlist titles: "3 rules to spark learning"; "Help for kids the education system ignores"; and "How to fix a broken education system." Find the playlist.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has a new article up, "The Benefits of Later School Start Times." If you need convincing, or want something to help your school district be convinced, check it out.

YOUR CHANCE FOR INPUT. The biennial World Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is seeking input on speakers or topics to include. Here's your chance to show how important twice-exceptionality is to you and the 2e community. Find out more and let them know what you think. (The next conference is in Nashville in 2019 -- but now's the chance to advocate.)

SENG has an upcoming webinar this Thursday, "Parenting Adventures in the Digital Realm: From Surviving to Thriving." From the event blurb: "How can we best support our kids in developing the skills necessary to participate creatively and make healthy choices in the digital realm? In this interactive presentation, we’ll explore how to nurture conversations and family practices that reduce conflict, support dialog, and build trust." Find out more.

DO YOU PRAISE THAT KID for being "smart"? He or she might be more prone to cheat if so, according to a new study. Find the study write-up.

DOUBT ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS? Although the clinical efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents is proven, it is frequently accompanied by side effects. In addition, the influence of the placebo effect on the efficacy of antidepressants is unclear. A meta-analysis of data from over 6,500 patients has now shown that, although antidepressants are more effective than placebos, the difference is minor and varies according to the type of mental disorder.Find the study write-up.

REMEMBER GOOGLE GLASS, the wearable communications/computing/display technology? It's still around. Now a prototype software application, to be used with the optical head-mounted display, has been designed as a social-skills coach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Going to College, U.S. Education, 2e Resource, More

SENDING THAT 2e KIDDO off to college this fall? At Quartz, you can read how helicopter parenting is bad for college kids, but "a little hovering is just right." Not to put the pressure on you to find the right amount of involvement for your kiddo, but here's what the article's author says: "As a psychotherapist who has worked with students and their parents for more than three decades, I have found that making a healthy, successful transition from home to college is one of the most important tasks of adolescent development — for students and parents alike. But it is also one of the most difficult." Find the article. Separately, The Washington Post's "On Parenting" feature offers tips from college advisers to help freshmen succeed. Find the article.

U.S. ED POLICY AND LAW. Something nice -- or, at least, not bad -- happened this week. As CEC's Policy Insider reports, "The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. No amendments were included. This bill provides $63.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, a $29.0 million increase compared to FY 2017. The bill also maintains funding for many programs that were eliminated in the President’s budget." As they way in Lake Woebegone, things could be worse. Read more.

HOWEVER. Two items at Education Week paint a not-so-rosy picture about education in the United States:
  • Teachers in the U.S. face a big pay disparity compared to professionals with similar education levels. Find out more
  • The U.S. trails other nations when it comes to enrolling children in preschool. Find out more
TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY (TECA), after a summer break, is resuming its online parent support groups, offering one group for parents of teens and one for parents of pre-teens. Find out more.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. The New York Times reviews the case for later school start times as a way to let teens get the nine or ten hours of sleep they should have. Got a teen? Read the article.
DON'T FORGET NAGC'S campaign "Giftedness Knows No Boundaries," which invites participants to "see, understand, teach, and challenge gifted and talented children from all backgrounds." Find out more at NAGC.
READING. American Public Media has published an article on how American schools fail kids with dyslexia. Says the article, "...across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place." Find it. Separately, an article at Science Daily about gender differences in reading abilities asks "How should we handle boys who can't read?" Find the article.
ADHD RESEARCH. Here are write-ups of three recent studies:
  1. Gut health and ADHD. "Imbalances in microbes are also seen in many disorders associated with inflammation, which is possibly relevant to ADHD because low-grade neuroinflammation, or activation of immune cells in the brain, has been suggested to contribute to ADHD." Find the write-up
  2. The eyes and ADHD. "A technique that measures tiny movements of the eyes may help scientists better understand and perhaps eventually improve assessment of ADHD." Find the write-up.
  3. Inattentiveness. "Children with or without attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who demonstrate inattentiveness during childhood are associated with a worse academic performance up to 10 years later in life." Find the write-up

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Due Process for 2e, Success for ADHD Students, and More

DUE PROCESS. Special ed attorney Matt Cohen won a due process hearing for parents of a bright elementary school student with ADHD, writing difficulties, and other issues. Here's what the firm says in their newsletter about the case: "The parents repeatedly sought assistance from the district for an IEP or a 504 plan to help their son. He was not provided a 504 plan for approximately a year after they began seeking help and was denied an IEP repeatedly over a two year period, despite extensive evidence of the struggles he was having during and after school. [Chicago Public Schools] staff defended the refusal of both a 504 plan and an IEP on the grounds that the student was bright, was getting passing grades and had generally high achievement test scores." The firm's newsletter is not posted at their website, but you can read the hearing officer's opinion here.

STUDENTS WITH ADHD -- that's the topic of an article at Education Week Teacher called "10 Tips for a Smooth School Year for Students with ADHD." The article is directed at educators, but parents should find it useful as well. Separately, US News offers parent its tips to ensure (dangerous word) the success at school for a child with ADHD. Find the US News piece.

ESCAP, the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has published a journal issue focusing on the role of nutrition on child and adolescent mental health disorders. Among the article topics: the microbiome; vitamin D; and elimination diets. The issue also contains an article on sleep and ADHD. Find the journal and read the article abstracts; sadly, the full articles are not available to non-subscribers, but perhaps your local library might be able to provide you with access.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted "Normal Is Overrated," observations by a kiddo you'll emphasize with -- bright but with reading issues, ADHD, and a growth disorder. (He was, for awhile, a "runt.") Find the piece.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE, the newsletter from With Understanding Comes Calm, is out in its September incarnation. You can read how Julie Skolnick has been spreading the word about 2e, about 2e-related events in the Maryland area and elsewhere, and more. Find the newsletter.

TiLT PARENTING's newest podcast is with one of the co-authors of the new book Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, or Attention. Debbie of TiLT calls the book "an owner's manual" for parents of differently wired kids. Find the podcast.

DEPRESSION

  • Medical News Today describes research shedding light on the way serotonin works in the brain; find it
  • NewsWise describes research into drugs like ketamine for depression relief; find it
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH all of the families affected by the recent hurricanes in the U.S. southlands. We wish them a speedy resumption of normalcy... and the fortitude to get through disruptions that the rest of us can only imagine.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dysgraphia, Misdiagnosis, Events, Research, More

DYSGRAPHIA can be under diagnosed, and a writer at The Huffington Post gives reasons why, leading with this question about her own child who read many grade levels above her age: [H]ow could a child with such advanced reading and comprehension levels disregard proper syntax and grammar when writing?" The writer notes that under-diagnosis can occur because "The testing used to assess written expression disabilities often doesn’t score handwriting or spelling problems..." The writer says that 2e kiddos are especially prone to being missed with the diagnosis, but goes on to offer things to look for and some amelioration for parents who feel guilty about missing the problem. Find the article.

THE UNMOTIVATED STUDENT is the topic of a feature at Education World. Do you know a student meeting the following description? "Although his test scores often convey high potential, his classroom performance suggests something else." The author goes on to offers seven tips for addressing the problem, starting with interrupting the "cycle of failure" for students who are demoralized. Find the article.

MISDIAGNOSIS of the gifted and 2e is the topic of a blog posting by psychologist Devon MacEachron, and she gives her "top 10 reasons" why these learners can be misdiagnosed. One of the reasons ("interaction of the organism with its environment") contains this quote: "“I don’t have a learning disability – my teacher has a teaching disability." Find the blog.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has posted three articles that might be of interest to those in the 2e community:

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has a new post titled "Think Twice before Exiting Special Ed." The post advocates a measured approach to giving up the supports of special ed. If your kiddo is receiving such services, perhaps check out the post.

EVENTS
  • The organization Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy has announced the keynote speaker for its October conference: Katherine Ellison, author of Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention, and ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know. Find out more about the conference. 
  • If you were considering signing up for the Landmark College online course "Understanding and Supporting Diverse Learners," you still have a couple days. The deadline has been extended until September 10. Find out more
  • We've just learned of an October event in Bellevue, Washington: "Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture and Diversity." Find out more on Facebook.

RESEARCH
  • The Washington Post reports on research on the treatment of anxiety in children using medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or both. Meds varied, with SSRIs appearing to be most effective, and the combination of SSRIs with CBT more effective than any other option. Read more
  • Those interested in how seratonin works in the brain will be interested in new research described at Science Daily; find it
  • Other newly-published research indicates that a "tailored physical activity intervention" can improve self-control. The write-up seemed to indicate that the study subjects were adults. Find out more

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that, according to Education Week, "seeks to bar the administration from using federal funding for vouchers or public school choice." The committee also rejected some proposed heavy cuts to education funding. Read more.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TEDx Talk on 2e, Depression, Girls on the Spectrum, More

AS WE MENTIONED in our coverage of August's SENG conference, Scott Barry Kaufman has done a TEDx talk. Here's what he says about it: "My new TEDx talk on redefining intelligence, maximizing human potential, and appreciating twice-exceptional children, is up! Please share if you can, as I'd like to get the word out there about this very marginalized group of children." Find the talk. The release of the talk was announced in the Beautiful Minds, a newsletter from Kaufmann which contains links to podcasts, interviews, talks, and articles. Find the newsletter.

GIRLS ON THE SPECTRUM. Disability Scoop reports on research about the gender differences in ASD, writing "New research finds that girls on the spectrum have more difficulty with planning, organizing, making small talk, and other adaptive skills needed to get up, get dressed, and make it through the day." Read more.

DEPRESSION. What to know how psychiatrists evaluate for the possibility of treatment-resistant depression (TRD)? Find out at the site of Psychiatric Times. Separately, a small study found that neurofeedback seemed to improve symptoms and recovery in TRD. Read more.

BRAIN WONKS will probably appreciate an article at Science Daily on recent research into mapping regions and functional connections in the brain. According to the write-up, the research "will provide new insights into a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety, substance use, and cognitive impairment." Of special interest are networks involved in cognition and attention. Find the write-up.

BELIN-BLANK has announced a series of podcasts called The Window and says this about it: "The Window podcast is designed to engage thought leaders on issues relating to maximizing human potential and directing talent toward a larger social good." Find out more.

SLEEP, ADHD. Here's a rather strong statement about the connection between ADHD and sleep from Medical News Today: "Researchers suggest that there may be a stronger link between ADHD and sleep problems than hitherto believed, and that the two may not be completely separate issues after all." Read more.

TiLT PARENTING. A new podcast is out and it's titled "Non-violent Communication, Whole Person Learning, and Neurodiverse Students." Here's one of the things TiLT founder Debbie says you'll learn: "What it looks like when education is grounded in compassion and the principles of nonviolent communication, ecological literacy, and whole person learning (social, emotional, physiological, and academic)." Find the podcast. (Wikipedia says that non-violent communication "is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one's own inner experience), empathy (defined as an understanding of the heart in which we see the beauty in the other person), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).")

EDUCATION IN FINLAND has often in the past been held up as a benchmark. Education Week reports on a visit to Finland by five "teachers of the year" from the U.S. Find out what they observed and thought.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Giftedness, Disabilities, 2e Center Symposium, More

UNDERSTANDING GIFTEDNESS. A press release from California State University highlights the work of a psychologist who has spent almost 40 years in a longitudinal study of giftedness -- the various types, predictors of later success, and more. He began following his subjects when they were a year old; now they're 38. One interesting part of the article concerns the researcher's work in the area of intellectual giftedness versus motivational giftedness. Read more.

UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES. Having a physical, emotional, or cognitive disability can have several consequences, and how the disabled person deals with those consequences can affect his or her acceptance of the disability. One consequence is stigma. New research indicates that disabled persons who feel stigma are more likely to self-identify with their disability and, ultimately, even take pride in it and deal with it 
more successfully. While the disabilities of 2e kiddos are less "obvious" than other types of disabilities, this study write-up might offer constructive ideas for parents and even for older 2e kiddos. Find the study write-up.

2e CENTER SYMPOSIUM. There are still seats left for this October event presented by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. The title: "Vision and Leadership in 2e Education." The audience is expected to be international in scope. One highlight will be the induction of the first "pioneers" into the 2e Hall of Fame. Find out more.

GIFTED PD. Iowa's Belin-Blank Center offers professional development opportunities this fall for educators of the gifted. Classes and workshops cover a variety of topics, including writing and perfectionism (separate classes), and we'd bet that a detailed look at the syllabuses (syllabi?) might uncover 2e-related topics. Find out more.

SOCIAL (PRAGMATIC) COMMUNICATION DISORDER is an autism-related diagnosis new with the DSM-5. An article at SpectrumNews.com explains more about it and describes research indicating that the diagnosis is useful, suggesting that "SCD captures children with autism features who would not otherwise receive an autism diagnosis." There has been some debate about whether SCD was really a standalone condition or simply "mild autism." Read more.

INATTENTION. According to a study write-up at Science Daily, researchers have found that inattentiveness in childhood is linked to worse academic performance up to 10 years later in children with and without ADHD, even accounting for intellectual ability. The results highlight the long-term effects that childhood inattention can have on academic performance, and suggest that parents and teachers should address inattentiveness in childhood. Find the study write-up.

BRAIN STIMULATION. Can it help children with LDs, specifically those who have difficulty with math? Maybe so, according to an exploratory study. Find out more.

SLEEP, MOOD, TEENS. Most teens need eight to ten hours of sleep for optimal mood and functioning, according to new research. Read more.

TiLT PARENTING has issued podcast Episode 72, a "solocast" from Debbie about her homeschooling curriculum and schedule. Find it.

JEN THE BLOGGER weighs in on emotional intensities that might be part of the makeup of parents of 2e kiddos. You know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Find the blog.