Monday, August 20, 2012

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

THE AD/HD CONUNDRUM. Is the AD/HD-like behavior the result of AD/HD? The classroom environment or the teacher? Asynchronous development? If the meds help, does that mean the problem is AD/HD? In an opinion piece in the New York Times, a mom recounts her family's experience when her son's teacher suggested that AD/HD medications might help her son be more successful -- i.e., fit in better -- at school. They tried it. It seemed to work -- for awhile. The mom began to suspect other factors were at play. Finally the son refused to take the meds out of health concerns. Five years later, off meds, the son loves school, does well, and stays organized. Read the article and see what  you think. Separately, Fox News has published a list of five tips for parents whose kids might have AD/HD; find those.
GIRLS AND STEM. NPR reports on an album of songs called "Science Fair" that has the purposes of "raising awareness and firing up the imagination" when it comes to girls and science. Find out more.
TEMPLE GRANDIN has written an essay for "Take Part" in which she urges educators to look beyond the labels; to work to expand kids' abilities; to "never hold a gifted child back"; and to play to students' strengths. Read the essay.
EFFECTS OF ANESTHESIA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, exposure to anesthesia before the age of three may adversely affect the use of receptive language, expressive language, and abstract reasoning. You may read an abstract of the study results, published in the journal Pediatrics, at the Academy's website.
GREAT POTENTIAL PRESS has published a book called College at 13, by Razel Solow and Celeste Rhodes. According to the publisher, the book descdribes 14 highly gifted young women who began college in their early to mid teens, skipping much or all of high school. The book describes the women's experiences along with what they are doing now. Author Solow says that one of the subjects was twice-exceptional, with AD/HD. Solow wrote an entire chapter on her, focusing on her adoption and her ADHD; the young woman eventually became a doctor. Find out more. Separately, Great Potential Press is celebrating 30 years of existence with a 30 percent off sale. Go there.
FOR PARENTS OF KIDS WITH LDs. An Eide tweet tipped us off that LD.org is offering a free ebook on the topics of:
  • Building a Good Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher
  • Essential Skills for Becoming Your Child’s Advocate
  • Advocating for your School-Aged Child
  • Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
  • Creating Great Expectations for an Effective Meeting” worksheet
GOT A KID who's interested in the arts? Evidently people who sing, dance, draw, or act -- or watch others who do -- are more altruistic, not to mention more tolerant and civically engaged. Read more
TRANSDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP is offering an event this fall presented by Susan Baum and titled "Instructional Strategies for the Twice-Exceptional Child." The workshop is scheduled for November 2 in Portland, Maine. Find out more. 
THE OLYMPICS. We posted a short 2e-related piece on the Olympics last week, playing off of Oscar Pistorius' abilities (great sprinter) and disabilities (no lower legs). In a blog, Stephanie Tolan reflects on the Olympics, specifically in the context of wholeness and balance. Read the blog
ON LINKED-IN? A current discussion there is on the topic of college choices for bright students with attention issues, and participants weigh in with their opinions (MIT, good; Georgia State, bad; Western Georgia U, good; and more). The discussion is here.

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