Tuesday, May 13, 2014

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS 1. Your twice-exceptional child has ADHD, which tends to lead to a higher incidence of smoking. On the other hand, if your child with ADHD is taking stimulant medications, his or her risk for smoking is less, especially if your child is taking meds consistently. Read more in a press release from Duke Medicine. (Ironically, Duke University was founded by tobacco magnate James Buchanan Duke.)

BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS 2. A blog at the site of The New York Times points to research suggesting that ADHD meds don't have "long-term, lasting benefits," but also suggesting that mindfulness training could be a way to increase cognitive control and beat the ADHD monster. The blog mentions research on adults showing that mindfulness training can help with ADHD-related problems. Find the blog.

OCD BIOMARKER. According to Johns Hopkins University, researchers there say they have identified a genetic marker that may be associated with the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whose causes and mechanisms are among the least understood among mental illnesses. One of the researchers says the finding could lead to more effective drugs to help people affected by OCD. Read more.

HOLLYWOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS. The Child Mind Institute presented a panel last Thursday highlighting how entertainment professionals have helped shift perceptions of mental illness. Among the speakers were directors, producers, and writers. An article in USA Today tells the story.

"MOMMY BLOGGER." An attorney who is also a food-policy advocate muses on the label "mommy blogger" and how critics use that label to "de-legitimize" her views. Can you separate views, credibility, and advocacy from a role as a mom? Should you have to? We suspect this issue affects many accomplished and capable women in the 2e community as well. After all, 2e Newsletter co-founder Linda Neumann is just a "mommy publisher." :-)  Read more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER. The spring edition of the Educators Guild Newsletter is out, focusing on Common Core Standards and their potential impact on gifted ed. An article in the newsletter lists tips for educators for implementing CCS with gifted students. Find the newsletter.

WRIGHTSLAW, in the current issue of Special Ed Advocate, focuses on FAQs about evaluations, tests, and assessments. Wrightslaw promises a preview of the new book All About Tests and Assessments and the chance to download a chapter from that book. Find Special Ed Advocate.

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