Thursday, May 16, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

HELICOPTER PARENTING. A couple recent studies show that more parental involvement in certain ways can limit a child's success in terms of achievement or satisfaction. The overall guideline, according to an article on the subject, "is that our help has to be responsive to the recipient’s circumstances: it must balance their need for support with their need for competence." Perhaps easier said than done, especially for parents of twice-exceptional children, but the article offers tips if you're interested. Find the article.

AUTISTIC ENHANCEMENT. Kids with autism see movement more quickly than others, according to research in which the autistic subjects confounded the original hypothesis under investigation. Find out more.

ADHD AND BREASTFEEDING. A study conducted in Israel indicates that breastfeeding might protect children from developing ADHD, at least to a degree. Other factors associated with the development of ADHD in the study included maternal age at birth, child gender, and parents' marital status. Find out more.

A PSYCHOLOGIST'S REVELATION. After attending the Dyslexia and Talent Conference recently, a conference organized by the Doctors Eide, psychologist Dan Peters felt compelled to share his experiences at the conference and also to reveal something that, until now, only a few people knew about him. In an article posted at his practice's website, Peters, father of three sons with dyslexia, also relates how his experiences at the conference brought back some vivid memories of his childhood. Maybe you can guess what his revelation is, but he has written a compelling and very personal article for all of us to enjoy and admire. Find the article.

MATT COHEN ADVICE. In his periodic Q&A column at LD Online, special ed attorney Matt Cohen addresses a question from a mom: "Can a school deny an IEP because of academic success?" [Of course they can, say all of you cynical parents of 2e kids. :-( ] The situation also involves whether the school is obligated to follow the recommendations of outside evaluators, an issue many in our audience face. Find Cohen's answer.

STILL MORE ON DSM. Sick of it? And it's not even out yet. But Diane Rehm recently had a guest on her NPR show, a guest who has written a book titled Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Everyday Life. Maybe the title gives away the author/guest's point of view, but you can hear the program and read an excerpt of the book at the site of the Diane Rehm show.

CMI RESOURCE. The Child Mind Institute has a "Mental Health Guide" on its site describing a variety of conditions, including many familiar to those who raise or educate twice-exceptional children. For each condition, there's a description of the condition, what to look for, causes, diagnosis, treatment, possible comorbidities, and FAQs. Find it.

GHF RESOURCE. The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (should there be an apostrophe in there somewhere?) offers online courses to assist in the education of that bright young person you homeschool. A typical course is one hour per week for 15 weeks and costs $195. Topics include comparative mythology, civics, music appreciation, and more. Find out more.

MY GIFTED CHILD IS SLACKING ON HER HOMEWORK is the title of a recent advice column in The Bangor Daily News. The columnist's response? Let the daughter know her homework must pass muster and that she has no options. Harsh? Read the column.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. "How Our Understanding of ADHD Is Changing" is the title of an upcoming webinar at the site of ADDitude. The webinar, hosted by Thomas Brown, PhD, is free and scheduled for May 23 at 1pm ET. Find out more.

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