UNEXPECTED. From the Washington Post: "People who know Sef Scott know he doesn’t normally speak. The 17-year-old from Plano, Tex., has autism, and other than quoting lines from favorite movies, he is mostly nonverbal. So the members of the Plano Senior High School Class of 2018 — along with Sef’s relatives and even his father — were stunned June 9 when he took the mic and addressed his fellow graduates." Read more, and view the unexpected -- and moving -- speech.
SPEAKING OF GRADUATION -- The New York Times solicited graduation advice from readers, with the caveat that the advice had to be under 50 words. One example: “Regardless of the walls you bump against during your roller-coaster ride, there will be moments in your life which bring you to tracks of clarity, where what you really want from life clicks.” Find the advice.
AND ANOTHER SPEECH, this one from an emergency room doctor who writes about his grade school experiences, "I had to go to early classes for kids with learning disabilities and, in fact, I was the last kid in my class to be allowed to write with a ballpoint pen." Now practicing in the community where he grew up, he says he still hears this: “You’re a doctor? I thought you were stupid. Can I see some ID, a diploma, something like that?” Read more about the doctor and find some of his speech.
SENG has scheduled a webinar for June 26 titled "The Importance of Supporting Parents and Families of Gifted/Talented and Twice-Exceptional Children and Youth." A fee applies. Find out more.
SCIENCE, RESEARCH, all from Science Daily.
- Autism blood test. "One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success in assessing whether a child is on the autism spectrum." Find the study write-up.
- Genes and psychiatric disorders. "Researchers explored the genetic connections between brain disorders at a scale far eclipsing previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's) appear more distinct. The results indicate that psychiatric disorders likely have important similarities at a molecular level, which current diagnostic categories do not reflect." Find the study write-up.
- Neurocircuits, treatment. "The findings of the studies highlight the complexity of brain inhibitory systems and the importance of taking a subtype-, circuit- and neuronal population-specific approach to develop future therapeutic strategies using cell type-specific drug delivery." Find the study write-up.