DYSLEXIC DIFFERENCES. Researchers in Leipzig have conducted experiments which seem to pinpoint certain dyslexic-specific processing problems. The experiments compared brain processing during a task requiring the recognition of speech sounds with brain processing where the subjects listened to the speech sounds without having to perform the task. The found differences between dyslexics and neurotypical subjects in the first case but not the latter. The researchers concluded, "The problem, therefore, has nothing to do with sensory processing itself, but with the processing involved in speech recognition." Read more.
HIGH-FUNCTIONING GIRLS UNDER-DIAGNOSED? That's the suggestion behind a study exploring the diagnosis of high-functioning autism in girls versus boys. One possible reason: better adaptive skills in girls. Read more.
50 GIFTED LINKS. The Online Education Database has a page with "50 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children," covering organizations, Twitter, blogs, and articles. You'll find some familiar links there and hopefully some new and useful links. Find the links.
GIFTEDNESS BLOGGER. An Australian blogger on the topic of giftedness recently explored "the power of little words" in a way related to twice-exceptionality. For example: gifted and learning disabled; gifted but learning disabled; gifted or learning disabled. Find her reflections.PREDICTORS. If your preschool kid pays attention, he or she is more likely to finish college; early reading and math supposedly do not predict college completion. Read more. And if your kid grows up grateful, he or she is more likely to be a happy teen. Find out how.