Thursday, October 11, 2012

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

DEPRESSION. Today, the 11th, is National Depression Screening Day, held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week. At the website Screening for Mental Health, you can find out more about community-based screening programs for depression and related mood disorders, or you can take an anonymous depression screening. The Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also highlights the day and offers materials on depression, including "Facts for Families: The Depressed Child." 

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE this week has a feature article on educational therapists who work with children with learning or attention problems. The article covers what ETs can do, how they do it, and offers tips for finding one. Read more. Separately, the Institute offers a response to the New York Times article we blogged about recently on doctors who prescribe AD/HD meds for kids without AD/HD, the rationale being to improve performance; find the response

PARENTING. It turns out that parental involvement in a child's education may be more important to school achievement than the qualities of the school the child attends. Using data from more than 10,000 students, researchers measured "social capital" of both families and schools to determine that family involvement is more important. Read more

NYC GOES NONVERBAL -- in testing for admissions to the city's gifted and talented programs, at least. New York will now use the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability test as two-thirds of an assessed student's score. The test "largely eliminates language, even from the instructions," according to a Wall Street Journal article

EDUCATION WEEK is offering several "Spotlights" for free at the moment, including one on parent empowerment in shaping their children's educational future and one on "deeper learning" strategies. Find them.

AD/HD, DHA. Certain fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), might help relieve AD/HD-like symptoms in children, according to an Australian study. Find out more

AND FINALLY, THIS -- nothing to do with twice-exceptional topics. Flowing tree resins 100 million years ago trapped a spider as it was about to attack a wasp in the spider's web. The resins eventually turned to amber, and that frozen moment was preserved for recent discovery. See a picture and read more at NewsWise

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