Saturday, February 22, 2014

From 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

WHAT IF your twice-exceptional child's anxiety-induced movements are interpreted by his school as sexual in nature? What if the school contacts the state's child protection services, hinting at abuse by the family? Sounds like a nightmare -- and for one family in New Jersey it was. Read the story

DO YOU KNOW of many -- or any -- child psychiatrists in your area? A paucity in that specialty is prompting one child psychiatrist to tour the country training pediatricians and other medical providers how to assess mental health issues -- including ADHD. Accentuating the problem of pediatricians' diagnoses of ADHD is that those doctors may receive only a few hours of training during med school and residency. Read more about how this touring shrink is hoping to change practice. (Factoid in this article: up to 20 percent of boys will have a diagnosis of ADHD.)

GIRLS AND ADHD. The Child Mind Institute has on its site an article about helping girls with ADHD make friends. The writer notes that girls with inattentive ADHD or hyperactive ADHD might both be at a disadvantage in social skills, and offers tips for boosting those social skills. Find the article

THE FUTURE OF DEPRESSION -- depression treatment, that is -- is the topic of an article released by the Loyola University Health System. The article summarizes research done by Loyola doctors and published in the journal Current Psychiatry. According to the article, "Depression treatments on the horizon include new medications, electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, and long-term cognitive behavioral therapy for stress management." Read more

THE POTENTIAL OF GAMES. A blogger at the site of The New York Times writes how neuroscientists are trying to find out what makes games addictive so that games could be used to rewire the brain to improve memory or cognitive function, or to treat ADHD or depression. Sound interesting? Read more

DAVID RABINER reviews a study indicating that behavior therapy can reduce the need for high dosages of medication to relieve symptoms of ADHD. Rabiner's observation: "On vir­tu­ally all mea­sures, adding high inten­sity behav­ior man­age­ment to the low­est med­ica­tion dose of med­ica­tion yielded com­pa­ra­ble improve­ments to those pro­duced by the high dose med­ica­tion alone. For a num­ber of mea­sures, even low inten­sity behav­ior man­age­ment com­bined with the low­est med­ica­tion dose was as effec­tive as high dose medication." Read more

EARLY COLLEGE? Maybe not the right answer, says a director of SENG. Molly Isaacs-McLeaod poses questions to ask when a young person has exhausted pre-college curriculum opportunities but might not want to start college right away, and then presents possible options -- a gap year, an internship, a mentorship, or even local or online college courses, for example. Read more

ON THE OTHER HAND, Tufts University offers students a "bridge year" of national or international service before starting the traditional college experience. The program is called Tufts 1 + 4. The university says, "Tufts 1+4 will offer interested students who have been accepted for undergraduate admission the option for a transformational experience of national or global service that will also include academic content and teaching of civic and leadership skills." Find out more

NCLD has issued the 2014 "State of Learning Disabilities" report. The executive director of NCLD says, "The data in this 2014 report reveal that, left unaddressed, as many as 60 million individuals risk being left behind, burdened by low self-esteem, subjected to low expectations, and diminished in their ability to pursue their dreams." Find the report. Separately, NCLD has also posted "5 Common Myths about Dyscalculia"; find them

GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The spring edition is out. (Maurice Fisher, the publisher, always seems to rush the season, but that's okay because we're ready for spring here in the northern hemisphere.) Articles in the issue cover gifted education in the areas of mathematics (inquiry-based learning); game design (to enhance learning and problem solving); and the music of Aaron Copeland. Find the newsletter.

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