HOW'S YOUR KID'S CONNECTIVITY? Brain connectivity, that is. Scientists studying brain scans of people who were asked to come up with inventive uses for everyday objects found a specific pattern of connectivity that correlated with the most creative responses, according to Science Daily. Researchers were then able to use that pattern to predict how creative other people's responses would be based on their connections in this network. Find the study write-up. (Maybe someday fMRIs will be part of a comprehensive evaluation given to all children to find strengths and challenges. 😀 )
LDA, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, is holding is annual conference in Atlanta on February 21-24. This could be a resource for families and educators focusing on the non-gifted exceptionalities, because the association describes itself as "the 'go-to organization for the latest information on specific learning disabilities." The word "gifted" does not appear in the conference program, nor does the term "twice-exceptional," but a look at the program reveals sessions on SLDs that could be of particular interest to you, and sessions on topics such as advocacy and law. Find out more about the conference. Find the program.
ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH ASD is the topic of an article at EdmontonJournal.com. The article describes an "explosion" of students on the spectrum, and also describes how schools there are providing services and accommodations. One of the students profiled is twice exceptional. Find the article.
BOOK RESOURCE. The Davidson Institute has a summary in its database of a new book by Jim Delisle. It's titled Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity, and it's published by Free Spirit Publishing. Read more.
MORE BOOKS. In her last email, TiLT founder Debbie Reber had a pointer to a list of parenting books at Publisher's Weekly. The list also included Reber's new book, Differently Wired. Find the Publisher's Weekly column.
WEBINAR. Seng has an upcoming webinar on helping adolescents reach their potential rather than dropping out. The presenters operate the Feniks [Phoenix] Talent Center in the Netherlands, and presented at last fall's NAGC convention. Find out more about the event.
LIVE WORKSHOP. Transdisciplinary Workshops is holding a March 9 event titled "Therapeutic Interventions for Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Students with Slow Information Processing." Find out more.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Landmark College has two upcoming online courses relevant to educators who work with neurodiverse learners. One is "Understanding and Supporting Diverse Learners." The other is "Student Engagement, Self-regulation, and Motivation." Find out more.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
- According to a national register study comparing Finnish birth cohorts from 1987 and 1997, an increasing number of adolescents receive a psychiatric or neurodevelopmental diagnosis. The number of diagnosed adolescents increased especially for girls in the younger cohort. Find the study write-up.
- New research shows that programs aimed at enriching the curriculum and challenging gifted students has tangible, quantifiable payoffs. The German research "examined whether the [gifted-specific] program has effects on children's cognitive skills, academic achievement, epistemic curiosity, creativity, self-control or social competencies." Read more.