TECA Insights | Vol. 94 | May 30, 2019
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Hi Folks,

Even though we are heading towards the end of spring and the weather is heating up, I have been thinking about how sometimes I freeze. Not because I am cold, but because I am frozen with fear. As in fight, flight, and freeze. I also recently read about another new F – fib, which I think is a great insight.

As parents of 2e kids, it is important to recognize when our kids’ behaviors are motivated by fear and anxiety. It is also equally important that we recognize our own triggers and understand which of the four F’s we may default to in times of stress.

Fight or flight makes a good deal of sense. When facing danger, our bodies surge with adrenaline so that we have the fuel to fight the danger or escape it. Many of our kids can be exquisitely hypersensitive, causing them to perceive ordinary, small challenges as extreme situations that elicit extraordinarily big reactions. This is a familiar scenario for many parents of 2e kiddos. Perhaps you deny their request for some cookies right before dinner and suddenly they start throwing the cutlery you just set on the table. Read the rest of the post at TECA2e.org.

If you read the rest of the post please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Maratea Cantarella
TECA Executive Director
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‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab

For Dr. Matsumoto, knitting is more than a handicraft hobby with health benefits. She is embarking on a five-year project, “What a Tangled Web We Weave,” funded by the National Science Foundation, to investigate the mathematics and mechanics of “the ancient technology known as knitting.” Read this article in its entirety from The New York Times.

You Don’t Want a Child Prodigy

One Thursday in January, I hit “send” on the last round of edits for a new book about how society undervalues generalists — people who cultivate broad interests, zigzag in their careers and delay picking an area of expertise. Later that night, my wife started having intermittent contractions. By Sunday, I was wheeling my son’s bassinet down a hospital hallway toward a volunteer harpist, fantasizing about a music career launched in the maternity ward. Read more in The New York Times.

Did Leonardo da Vinci Have ADHD?

In a paper published in the journal Brain, King’s College London researcher Professor Marco Catani suggests that the iconic artist Leonardo da Vinci may have had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Find out more at PsychCentral.

He Couldn’t Speak as a Child. Now This Autistic Student is Giving a Commencement Address

When Bruno Youn was 3 years old, his mother noticed something was off about her firstborn son. He could parrot what he heard. He could remember and recite poetry. But he could not string together words to communicate his own thoughts.

She brought him in for testing and learned the truth: He had autism. Read Bruno’s story in the Los Angeles Times.


Enrichment Isn’t Just for Gifted Students

Before students even step into the classroom, high school teachers have often already made judgments about their abilities. When educators are introduced to as many as 140 students each school year in leveled classes, from honors to Advanced Placement to college preparatory, they tend to assume that students in each class have similar abilities—for example, students in AP courses are ready for more challenging work than students in grade-level classes. Read the full article in Education Week Teacher.

Dealing With Dyslexia: ‘It’s Almost Like It’s a Naughty Word’ (Video)

“We knew Dustin was smart, but we knew something wasn’t right.” That’s how Arkansas dad Scott Gann describes his son’s early years in elementary school. Dustin was struggling, and Gann said teachers kept telling him that his son just “needed to grow up, boys will outgrow this.” Read on or view the video at Education Week.

How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn

Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki was a rising star in the field of memory when she looked around and realized that her lifestyle wasn’t sustainable. 

“I was trying to get tenure, and I was doing nothing but work,” she says. “I had no friends outside of my lab. I knew I needed to do something. I thought, at least I can go to the gym and try to feel stronger.” Continue reading at KQED News.


Bipolar Disorder: Why It’s Often Misdiagnosed

Bipolar disorder usually develops in adolescence or early adulthood — the mean age of onset is 18, and between 15 and 19 is the most common period of onset. But the disorder’s first signs are very often overlooked or mischaracterized. At the outset, bipolar symptoms are commonly mistaken for ADHD, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and, in its more severe manifestations, as schizophrenia. Read the entire article from Child Mind Institute.

ADHD Neuroscience 101

In my 40 years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I have treated thousands of youngsters. With some children, I am able to make a quick evaluation about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) and outline a course of ADHD treatment. Find out more from ADDITUDE.


We Tell Our Kids That Hard Work Always Pays Off. What Happens When They Fail Anyway?

A star athlete at the college where I work recently stopped by my office. After committing a few unforced errors during a weekend match, she was — several days later — riven by self-criticism and distracted on the field. Read the article from TIME.

I Stopped Calling Autistic People ‘High-Functioning’ Because of My Son. Here’s Why

My 10-year-old son can change from an adorable, quirky little dude to an aggressive screamer in a second. He sinks so far, so fast, that I forget about his strengths and drown in his weaknesses. I wish I could make it stop. Read or listen to more at Medium.

Counselors Blast College Board’s Plan to Assign Students a ‘Disadvantage’ Score

The College Board’s plan to expand a program that’s designed to help colleges see students’ SAT performance more fairly, by scoring students’ high schools and neighborhoods by “level of disadvantage,” has rattled college counselors and reignited decades-old debates about how college admission decisions are made. Learn more at Education Week.


Resilient Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 8 Things

When you’re a kid, everything is a tragedy. Your grilled cheese has the crust on? The horror. Can’t assemble that Lego set? Might as well stomp up and down. You can’t change this. What you can do, however, is arm your kid with the techniques that teach them how to bounce back from their daily struggles so that, later on in life, when the stakes are higher, they know what to do. Access the full article from Fatherly.

Multiplayer Online Video Games and Kids With Social Skills Challenges: What You Need to Know

Ever notice that kids who play multiplayer online video games have their own language? They even have their own inside jokes. This unique culture can be fun for many kids. But it can also be challenging for kids who struggle with social skills. These kids may have the same difficulties when playing video games with other kids as they do in real-life social situations. Find out more at Understood.


‘Make No Apologies for Yourself’

The seven poems you will find here below, as well as seven others that will follow in a second post, were curated by us over the past several months, and represent only a small segment of poets with disabilities writing vital, engaged and powerful work today. To arrive here, we asked many disabled poets to offer their work, and this process raised issues that permeate debates in the disability community. We learned that some poets prefer not to claim disability as an identity, publicly or at all, and because this is a “disability” series, those poets did not wish to offer their work. We were also faced with questions raised in the recent and provocative debate between “disability poetics” and “crip poetics”: Who is the audience? Are we writing for other disabled people? For the nondisabled, or for everyone? How do we write for both while emphasizing the disabled poet’s aesthetic? Read on in The New York Times.

The Employables

A&E’s groundbreaking new docuseries “The Employables” follows job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette Syndrome as they work to overcome obstacles and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to excel long term in their careers. Each episode charts the highs and lows of two jobseekers in their hunt for work. Watch the video preview on Yahoo.

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