Thursday, March 14, 2013

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

IT'S BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK, and you can find out more about this annual global event and how to observe it by going to the BAW Facebook page or to the website of the BAW founder/sponsor, the Dana Foundation. The purpose of the week is to increase public awareness of brain research.

"STUDY DRUGS" -- also called neuroenhancers -- are discouraged for healthy kids by the American Academy of Neurology. According to the organization, "[T]he practice of prescribing drugs to boost cognitive function, or memory and thinking abilities, in healthy children and teens is misguided." Read more.

KIDS WHO AVOID SCARY SITUATIONS are more likely to have anxiety, according to a Mayo Clinic study of more than 800 children ages 7 to 18. “This new approach may enable us to identify kids who are at risk for an anxiety disorder,” says lead author Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Read more.

GIFTED BOREDOM. Sometimes, says a blogger at Psychology Today, we shouldn't accept at face value an expression of boredom from a gifted child. Perhaps the complaint masks perfectionist tendencies which prevent the child from starting an assignment; perhaps the child doesn't see the purpose of an assignment; or perhaps the child is confused about the nature of the assignment. The blogger continues: "Sometimes, in an effort to advocate for our child’s happiness, we forget that being bored is a part of life—and that extremely valuable lessons can come out of facing it head on." Read the blog.

PSYCHOLOGIST PRESCRIBERS. The Illinois legislature is considering a bill allowing psychologists to prescribe medications under the condition that the psychologists acquire a master's degree in psychopharmacology, 462 hours of instruction. Nadia Webb, who has contributed to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, is quoted as saying that there are at least 300 certified psychologists in the U.S. Louisiana and New Mexico have passed legislation similar to Illinois'. As parents with gifted kids who need Ritalin or other meds know, getting a diagnosis and then a prescription is often a two-step process involving a psychologist and a psychiatrist; legislation such as is proposed for Illinois can simplify the process. Read more.

2e IN IOWA? Courtesy of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa is offering scholarships for twice-exceptional students who want to attend the Center's summer programs. Find out more.

WRIGHTSLAW has issued Part 2 of its multi-part series on assessment. The latest issue of Special Ed Advocate covers the most common types of assessments and who does them. Find Special Ed Advocate.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. At the website of this organization is an "Ask the Expert" piece where a mom describes trying different meds for AD/HD, under the direction of a pediatrician, and not getting results. Should Abilify be next, she asks? Read the response.

SENG BOOTCAMP FOR ADVOCATES. A SENG webinar on March 16 covers advocating for the social and emotional needs of the gifted child. The 1.5-hour session is $40. Find out more. Separately, SENG is also offering training for SENG Model Parent Group facilitators on May 10-11 in St. Louis. Trained facilitators start groups to "help parents understand and develop skills for nurturing the emotional development of their gifted children," according to the organization. Find out more.

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