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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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