"IT'S THE MAGIC." That's what a nine-year-old with dyslexia (and dysgraphia) responded when asked how his school has helped him learn more easily and with more fun. According to an article at the site of public radio station WBEZ in Chicago, Jacob's reading was in the 9th percentile; in contrast, his reasoning skills were "at the top of the charts." His parents enrolled him at the Hyde Park Day School at a cost of $35,000 per year, and the results have been encouraging. Read more about Jacob and his school.
STUDY HELP. The New York Times reports what is apparently widespread misuse of prescription AD/HD meds to assist studies and gain competitive advantage when it comes to grades and acceptance into colleges and universities. The article says that many of the abusers are bright kids to begin with. Some kids con their way into a stimulant prescription; others buy from or are given the meds by those who do have prescriptions. Read the article.
DSM MAVENS! The National Center for Learning Disabilities is soliciting opinions from parents, educators, and other professionals about changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. We've blogged about some potential changes. If you have an opinion, here's your chance to comment. Find out more.
WRONG PLANET is the name of a website established by a young Aspie when he was in high school in order to find others on the spectrum and those with interests similar to his. He envisioned it as a support group; it became a community. He is interviewed in PC World about his interests in technology and videography. The title of the feature: "Profiles in Geekdom."
BRIDGES ACADEMY RESOURCES. Bridges Academy provides a couple online things we just discovered. One is a listing of twice-exceptional resources outside the school -- books and websites. The other is "The 2e Education Blog," the school's official blog, with contributions by teachers, professionals, parents, and students.
LINKEDIN DISCUSSION. If you're on LinkedIn, you might be interested in a discussion in the Gifted Talented Network on the nature of giftedness and its relationship to potential. So far it's up to 20 thoughtful, civil comments. Find it.