Monday, November 27, 2017

"Making It" with Dyslexia or Autism; Labels; Research Participation Opportunity; More

THE HECHINGER REPORT published a first-person piece from a young person with dyslexia. "For most of my childhood, I always felt just a little bit too slow, or just a little bit too dumb. I knew I was smart, but it seemed like I could never quite get there." Read more about how this student succeeded.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT of the Dog in the Night-Time is a story about a mystery-solving teen boy with autism. The novel was turned into a hit Broadway play. A staging in Syracuse, New York, features as its lead actor Mickey Rowe, who is, according to The New York Times, "thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play the role." The article highlights how "role" can be important in the life of an autistic person. For example, Rowe tells the reporter during an interview, “This is easy-ish for me because you’re a reporter; I’m the interviewee, We have specific roles. If we met on the street, that would be more scary.” Find the article.

LABELS, MINDSET. A Stanford professor teaching high-achievers began to see, according to KQED News, "how being labeled 'gifted' or 'smart' as children stunted even these bright and successful young people." The professor made a short video in which Stanford students talk about the labels they grew up with and the effects. Find the article and the video. (Thanks for TiLT for bringing this item to our attention.)

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. The organization Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) will be conducting focus groups in December to gather information on charter schools, choice, voucher programs, and implications for students with disabilities. COPAA says, "The findings in this report will primarily serve to assist policymakers, including the White House and Congress, and state and local education agencies with insight needed to make policy decisions designed to improve the outcomes for students with disabilities in charter schools and voucher programs." COPAA seeks "
Parents of students with disabilities or students who are attending, have attended or tried to attend a charter school." Find out more.

TESTS AND ASSESSMENTS are crucial in identifying and securing services for twice-exceptional children. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities offers a primer on IQ tests and index scales; find it. For a deeper dive, check out Wrightslaw's book All About Tests and Assessments, now in its second edition.


  • The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University holds an annual seminar on twice-exceptional learners, saying "The yearly seminar provides parents, educators, and students with information and strategies on supporting these learners..." This year's presenter is Lois Baldwin. The event is scheduled for January 24 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Find out more
  • The Weinfeld Group has announced the featured keynote presenter for its "Diamonds in the Rough" conference scheduled for March 9-10 in Rockville, Maryland. The keynoter is Joyce Cooper-Kahn, author of Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Executive Functioning. A 2e Newsletter staff member who has covered other presentations by Cooper-Kahn calls her "really good." Find out more
  • "Surviving the College Transition: A Gifted Undergraduate's Perspective" is the title of November 30 SENG webinar. Got a transition coming up? Check out the webinar
POLICY, LAW. The Council for Exceptional Children has come out in favor of the new nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Why is this post important? CEC notes that the person in it can "ensure the provision of a free appropriate public education and early intervention services." Read more.

TED sponsors local TEDx Youth events for young people, designed, according to TED, "to empower and inspire young people." One such talk is titled "Activism Needs Introverts." Acknowledging that for introverts "traditional forms of activism like marches, protests and door-to-door canvassing can be intimidating and stressful," the talk suggests involvement through craftivism, "a way to get people to slow down and think deeply about the issues they're facing, all while engaging the public more gently." Intrigued? Find the talk. Or, find out more about TEDxYouth.


  • From Science Daily: Physical fitness in children may affect their brain structure, which in turn may have an influence on their academic performance, new research indicates. Find the study write-up.
  • From Medical News Today: "A new study examined how obstructive sleep apnea in children may interfere with memory consolidation, and it also uncovered a potential method of predicting the level of disruption caused by the associated sleep loss." Find the study write-up
  • From Newswise: University of Kentucky researchers have developed an after-school program using "small group activities and novel learning strategies" to help students with ADHD succeed at school. Read more
  • And from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: "New Analysis Finds Behavioral Therapy Should Be Combined with Medication to Relieve Severe Anxiety in Children." Read more.

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