Monday, March 24, 2014

From 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

GOT A TEEN? Maybe it's time to revisit what it is that makes teens so different, and what makes the development period of the teenage years second in importance only to very early childhood. An article at The Columbian lays out the changes that occur in the brain during adolescence and what those changes mean for the teen -- and for the parent. Find the article.

PEDIATRICIANS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE? Families prefer to consult pediatricians about mental health for several reasons -- trust, convenience, centralized care. And according to a recent article in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, a "five-year, federally funded study found children treated for mental-health disorders at their pediatricians' offices were nearly seven times more likely to complete a program of care, with better results, than those referred to outside specialists." We've blogged previously that because of the paucity of child psychiatrists, many see the pediatrician as the go-to provider for kids. The thing is, will the pediatrician have the right knowledge and skills? Read more.

GIFTED ED. Want to see what gifted ed "looks like" across the United States? At the site of NAGC you can find out what different districts do for staffing, identification of gifted students, curriculum and instruction, and more. The reports cover elementary, middle, and high school services. Find out more.

WHAT'S NEW AT HOAGIES'. For March, webmistress Carolyn K has highlighted three sets of myths related to gifted students and gifted ed. Find them at Hoagies or go here, here, and here (a humorous YouTube video via NAGC). Thanks, Carolyn!

AUTISM AWARENESS DAY is April 2, according to Autism Speaks. The organization urges us to "light it up blue" to celebrate world autism awareness. Find out more.

OLD-FASHIONED PLAY of some types teach skills such as spatial reasoning. Researchers looked at blocks and other hands-on types rather than screen-based toys and found this: "Skills, including early geometry and knowing the names of shapes, help kids learn the math skills they pick up in kindergarten. And if they already have those (before they begin school), they are ahead of the curve." Other benefits: co-play with parents and building social skills. Read more.

NEAR CHICAGO? A new SENG Model Parent Group is set to start up in April. Kimberlee King, of Inspired Attention, will run a group from April 9 through June 11 on Wednesdays from 9:15 - 10:45 am. Kimberlee calls a SMPG "one of my favorite things." Find out more at the SENG site (along with a listing of SMPGs in other cities) or email Kimberlee: Kim at inspiredattention.com. Kim is an educational consultant specializing in gifted and learning-challenged students.

IN MAINE? Transcdisciplinary Workshops is offering a May 9th program called "Parenting the Challenging Child." From the blurb: "This interactive workshop is designed for parents of children and adolescents who present challenges outside the typical demands of raising a child. They may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Twice Exceptionality, or Learning Disabilities." Find out more.

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