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New Network for Parents of Twice-Exceptional Students

A new group has been organized in the I-380 corridor to provide an informational support network to parents and educators of twice-exceptional (2e) learners.

Understood.org has partnered with Amanda Freese to offer monthly meetings that provide information about strength-based advocacy for 2e individuals as well as resources and services related to enrichment academic opportunities and learning and attention challenges.

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The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Odd monthly meetings are held in North Liberty and even monthly meetings are held in Cedar Rapids. The April meeting, “Building a 504/IEP Success Binder Workshop,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at Grant Wood AEA.

In addition to the monthly meetings, a Facebook group has been established to help parents and educators connect and collaborate. To join the Facebook group, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/487101151673454/.

Further questions can be directed to Amanda Freese at Amanda_Freese@hotmail.com.

Social Skills Intervention Group for High Ability Students

The Belin-Blank Center Assessment and Counseling Clinic is pleased to invite students with social skills challenges (either due to ASD or another diagnosis) to apply for participation in a social skills intervention group. Students should be in grades 6 through 8 and demonstrate high ability and/or achievement on the Iowa Assessments, Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), or other individually-administered assessment measures (e.g., Wechsler scales). Recruitment for the group will take place from February 16, 2015 through February 27, 2015. Group sessions will be conducted on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 beginning in March 2015. There will be approximately 8 group sessions, and parents will be asked to participate in a one-time interview about their child’s experience at the conclusion of the intervention. Parents, students, and the students’ teacher will also be asked to complete rating scales regarding the student’s psychosocial functioning.

The social skills group will be part of a research study examining the effectiveness of particular interventions with high ability students that have been developed by experts in the field of ASD. There will be no charge for this service. Interested families are encouraged to contact Nancy Whetstine, the clinic secretary, at 319-335-6148/800-336-6463 or nancy-whetstine@uiowa.edu. Applicants will be screened for inclusion in the group, and the intervention implemented will be tailored to the specific needs of the group based on information obtained during the recruitment process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Teens with ASD Invited to Participate

ASD Research StudyHigh ability teens with an ASD between the ages of 15 and 17 years old are invited to participate in a research study to investigate friendships and feelings of loneliness. Participation involves interviews with the teen, a parent, and a teacher or other school personnel and completing questionnaires. IQ testing may be involved to determine eligibility. The study will take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours of your time. No compensation available. Contact Amanda Berns: (319)448-0236, amanda-berns@uiowa.edu for more information.

How Do You Predict Achievement in Twice-Exceptional Students?

The Belin-Blank Center’s Susan G. Assouline, Megan Foley Nicpon, and Lori Dockery recently published an article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. In the article, “Predicting the Academic Achievement of Gifted Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” the authors report promising results for the WISC-IV Working Memory and Processing Speed Indices and the WISC Perceptual Reasoning Index as predictive of achievement for twice-exceptional students.