Thursday, November 14, 2013

News Items, Resources from 2e Newsletter

COLLEGE, DEPRESSION. The Child Mind Institute notes in an article on its site that this is the time of year when college freshmen might encounter symptoms of depression. The article notes things parents can watch for and how to get help. Find the article.

TEEN NIGHT OWLS are more likely to develop emotional and academic problems than peers who go to bed earlier. A longitudinal study tracked 2,700 teenagers and compared sleep habits to academic success along with social and emotional development. In a write-up of the study, its senior author, from UC/Berkeley, noted that Berkeley has "sleep coaches." Find the write-up.

MINDFULNESS can evidently impede certain types of learning, specifically "implicit" learning by which one learns habits and which occurs automatically. If you practice mindfulness, perhaps check out this research about it.

MIS-EDUCATION is the topic of an article at the site of station KQED in Northern California. The article reports on the research of a Stanford educator and author who is critical of such things as: the misalignment of educational values/goals between parents and children; anxiety around school success; academic pressure that leads to cheating; and how the educational system produces "robo-students." The article covers the educator's recipe for "restructuring school for success"; find it.

NCLD. We often point to articles and resources at the NCLD site. The current NCLD monthly newsletter offers a good overview of what the organization does. We suggest that you might be interested in reading about the mission and accomplishments of this organization, which does a great job of covering part of the 2e "equation." Find the newsletter.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. On November 18, ADDitude is presenting a free webinar called "Stop the Bully: Help Your ADHD Child Manage -- and Overcome -- Teasing and Aggressive Kids at School." The title says it all; so if bullying is an issue for your smart, ADHD child, find out more about the webinar.

SCHOOL/PARENT COMMUNICATION. Not feeling good about your child's school? Maybe it's because you feel they don't seek your input, don't do a good job of outreach. A Harris Poll finds that when asked to give a letter grade to rate their overall satisfaction with their child's school, parents who feel the school seeks their opinions an "adequate amount" are roughly twice as likely to grade that school in the "A Range" (57%), compared to parents that say the school does not seek their opinion as much as they would like (with 29% grading the school an A or A-). Find out more from Harris.

MARLO PAYNE THURMAN, doctoral student, founder of Brideun Learning Communities, and contributor to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, is now on the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado. Way to go, Marlo! If you're on LinkedIn, you can find out more.

ALSO ON LINKEDIN: In the group "Advocates for Students with Attention Issues: ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Giftedness, Learning Disabilities" is a discussion on IEPs for a bright high school junior with attention deficit. Want to follow or contribute? Go to the discussion.

A LITTLE LATE ON THIS ONE. A couple months ago, writer Michael Shaughnessy published an interview with James Webb, of Great Potential Press, about Webb's new book, Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. In the interview, Webb elaborates on each part of the title as it relates to young people, and discloses some of his personal reasons for writing the book. What Webb discusses might apply to your own bright child. Check out the interview.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- nothing to do with giftedness or learning challenges, just something interesting about the way some people's minds work. A five-year study of 80 children with grapheme-color synesthesia revealed that synesthetic colors emerge slowly during childhood, building up an incremental inventory of colorful letters and numbers, according to the study author. Grapheme-color synesthesia is a condition in which letters and numbers are associated with colors by the beholder. Find out more.

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