Monday, July 30, 2012

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

SUMMER CAMPS. A summer day camp in the Detroit area caters to kids with AD/HD and "strives to build teamwork, leadership, goal-setting and coping skills in kids with ADHD," according to an article about the camp. The article quotes a camper: "People think we're kind of stupid, but we're really quite smart. We just have a hard time curbing our really big flaws." Find the article. Separately, a camp in Connecticut serves kids with Asperger's and NVLDs and employs counselors who have disabilities similar to the kids they're counseling. Find the article.
DEPRESSION is the topic of three articles on our desktop today. One article describes the efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression not responding to antidepressant meds. The second article notes that girls between age 12 and 15 suffer a rate of major depressive episodes three times higher during those years, and that those girls are also three times more likely than boys the same ages to experience such episodes. Finally, college students who are depressed apparently use the Internet differently. Says the article, "depressed students tended to use file-sharing services, send email and chat online more than the other students. Depressed students also tended to use higher 'packets per flow applications, those high-bandwidth applications often associated with online videos and games, than their counterparts."
OFF TO COLLEGE. College admission officers, like employers, may use social media to evaluate prospective students. The Wake Forest dean of admissions says the college uses social media to find out more about students "for more good than anything else." Nonetheless, the dean offers guidelines for crafting one's "digital personae." Read more
2e GROUP IN QUEENSLAND. A newly-launched group for twice-exceptional children in Queensland, Australia, has a Facebook presence at http://www.facebook.com/groups/391486154238273/, under the name "Sunshine Coast Super Kids -- Twice Exceptionals. The group is a learning group, meeting monthly, with activities centered around defined projects. The founder says that the group focuses less on support than on "really cool stuff the kids have asked about for years."
DAVIDSON INSTITUTE eNEWS UPDATE. The July edition of this newsletter is out, noting some of the winners of the Google Global Science Fair and providing information about various DITD resources and services, such as the Gifted Issues Discussion Forum. Find the newsletter.
CHICAGO-AREA EVENT. If you live in the Chicago area and bullying is an issue of concern, note that the Glenbard Parent Series on August 27 will present the author/director of "Bully" in an evening program titled "Bully and the Bully Project: Putting an end to the most common form of violence among our youth." Find out more.
MATH AND GENDER. Boys and girls have different approaches to arithmetic, according to a new study, with boys' results coming faster (from memory) and girls' results coming more slowly but accurately (from computing the answer by counting.) Find out more.

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