Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2e "Meat and Potatoes"

IN THIS POST -- anxiety, depression, ADHD, gifted ed, and dyslexia. No "garnish" in this posting. 

WHO'S ANXIOUS? Besides your 2e child, that is. Well, the Huffington Posts tells us about 11 public figures "who will make you rethink what you know about anxiety disorders." The figures range from cartoonist Charles Schultz to up-and-coming performers whose names we didn't recognize but who must be famous. Find out more.

DEPRESSION MARKER. Researchers have discovered a molecule that exists only in primates and humans; levels of the molecule are lower in depressed individuals. The finding could provide a marker for depression as well as help determine which individuals will respond to antidepressant treatment. Read more.

YOUNG WOMEN AND ADHD. Young women between the ages of 19 and 34 are being treated with ADHD meds at a relatively high rate -- more than 125% the rate of younger girls. Milwaukee Public Radio tells the story of Diany Levy, 23, who wishes she'd been diagnosed earlier, perhaps allowing her to be an A student. A child and adolescent psychiatrist also comments for the article. Find it.

ENDORSEMENT IN GIFTED ED. The University of Nevada, Reno is offering an endorsement in gifted education starting this summer with the first course of the twelve-credit program, EDSP 681 (Characteristics and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students). According to the Davidson Institute, the class will feature both weekly face-to-face meetings and an online component. For more information about the course, please email jsambrano@davidsonacademy.unr.edu. To take this course, you will need to apply as a "graduate special." Interested educators may download the application at http://www.unr.edu/grad/admissions/special-requirement-categories.

NCLD. For fans of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the organization reminds us that it connects via three forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Go here for more information.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE NEWSLETTER. The edition for June is out, acknowledging the support the Eides received during and at the end of their (dyslexic) daughter Katrina's battle with cancer and previewing a new program to be named in Katrina's honor. Also in the newsletter, read about a MacArthur Genius who was once discouraged from going to college; how Fernette and Brock scored main floor seats at a James Taylor concert (there's a dyslexic connection); and about the settlement of a lawsuit which will provide accommodations for dyslexics taking the Law School Admissions Test.

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