Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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

PEDIATRICIANS, ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Depression and anxiety are two conditions common in twice-exceptional children. A recent study indicates that pediatric primary care physicians "are reluctant to prescribe antidepressant medications to adolescent patients." Presented with "vignettes" describing moderate and severe depression, one quarter of the pediatricians would prescribe meds for the moderate case, one third for the severe case. Most said they would refer to a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Now, if this bias is real, it's something to keep in mind if that twice-exceptional teen you know shows signs of depression, especially since psychiatrists specializing in young people can be hard to find. Read more.

MIGHT AS WELL continue right on to address the other part of the depression/anxiety axis. The editor of Atlantic magazine has written a book about his anxieties and phobias; it's called My Age of Anxiety, and is described as "both a memoir and a history of how medicine, philosophy, and the pharmaceutical industry have dealt with anxiety." He was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air program about the book, and what seems interesting is the insight he gives into how anxiety can manifest iteslf. So if you have a bright but anxious person in the house, perhaps check out the interview. (One of the author's anxieties is evidently fear of cheese.)

WORK TWICE AS HARD to get half as far -- that's how a young man with dyslexia described his efforts in school. He says that his disability made him feel damaged and isolated. But his perseverance and strengths allowed him to achieve both academically and extra-curricularly in high school. He was honored by Learning Ally (formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) with its National Achievement Award. Find out more.

SENG IN CANADA. An article in The Now newspaper describes the formation of a SENG parent support group in British Columbia. The article notes how gifted children may also have learning disabilities -- so score 1 for the organizers of that SENG group for spreading the word on twice exceptionality. Read more. (And, if you're in Cloverdale, BC, check out the group.)

JUDY WILLIS, a physician turned educator, is a prolific communicator on the topics on learning and brain research. For example, she has a series of 25 videos at the website KidsInTheHouse.com on topics ranging from the effect of emotions on how kids learn to preparing kids' brains for the 21st century; find those. She also posts lots of information on her website, RADteach.com. (The letters represent parts of the neural system particularly active in learning and memory: 
  • Reach -- Reticular activating system
  • Attitude -- Amygdala 
  • Develop -- Dopamine.)
TED FOR STUDENTS. TED-Ed, the educational initiative of TED Conferences, has announced the worldwide launch of TED-Ed Clubs, a new program that aims to promote presentation literacy among students around the world. TED-Ed Clubs, piloted in over 100 schools worldwide in 2013, provides a free and flexible framework for students -- in traditional and non-traditional education environments -- to discuss, pursue, prepare and present their big ideas. The end goal is for members to deliver their own short, TED-style talks, while other members may record and edit the talks on video.TED-Ed Clubs are open to students ages 8 through 18 and require a minimum of one adult educator per club. Find out more.

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