Friday, July 18, 2014

Lots of Items: ADHD, Asperger's, Gifted Ed, and More

THE 2014 SENG CONFERENCE began yesterday in San Jose, California. We had planned to be there, exhibiting, covering sessions, and seeing friends and subscribers, but other circumstances intervened. We're sorry we couldn't be there, and we wish all attendees a satisfying and stimulating conference!

BEING AMONG PEERS is one advantage for gifted students who attend the summer program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) at Western Kentucky University, according to an article in the Bowling Green Daily News. Each summer, a couple hundred young learners get a chance to explore, for three weeks, a topic that interests them and to meet others who are intellectually curious. Says one attendee, "I don't have to worry about fitting in." Read more.

GIFTED ED FOR ALL. BELL Academy, in New York City, uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model developed by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis of U Conn to provide an individualized, differentiated education based on each student's profile. All students receive instruction at the proper level. All students receive enrichment. Find out more.

ASPIE VALEDICTORIAN. Max, a young man in suburban Chicago, has graduated from high school at age 16 and plans to study neuroscience in college. This after being given an early prognosis of not being able to function independently. An article in the Daily Herald gives a nice profile of the young man and his family. (His mother went back to school for a master's degree in special ed after her son was diagnosed.) Why does Max want to study the brain? "I have worked with a lot of psychologists in my life," says Max. Read the article. (Free registration might be required.)

ADOLESCENCE, SLEEP, DEPRESSION. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, according to a study recently published in the journal Sleep. And it's self-amplifying -- the resultant depression "in turn increases risk for decreased sleep," according to the abstract for the study, which you can read here.

ANXIETY AND ADHD. About.com has packaged three articles the combination of anxiety and ADHD. Are those challenges present in your house? Find the articles.

SENG VINE. The monthly SENG newsletter is out, and it previews activities and resources to be made available next week, which is National Parenting Gifted Children Week. SENG will offer free webinars each day of next week as well as an NPGC Week Blog Tour. Find the newsletter.

504 AND IDEA both cover a child's right to a free and appropriate public education, but provisions in the two acts can be used in different ways. At its website, NCLD offers a chart comparing the two; find it.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH. Dr. Thomas Insel is the Director of the NIMH, one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. He was recently honored by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and a resultant video, posted on YouTube, shows Insel explaining the mission and activities of the NIMH. He seems like a refreshing type of leader in this important area. Find the video.

WRIGHTSLAW is up to Part 3 of its six-part 2014 Summer School on the IEP. In this one, according to Wrightslaw, you will: "Learn to develop IEP solutions that allow you and the school district to get your needs and wants met. Learn what strategies to use. Find out how to ask questions and what questions to ask!" Go to Part 3.

P. SUSAN JACKSON, psychologist for the profoundly gifted and founder of the Daimon Institute, is producing an hour-long documentary called "The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted." According to the Institute, the program will be finished soon and available for purchase. The Institute's Facebook page is the place to go for more information.

HANDEDNESS, LANGUAGE ABILITY. Infants who exhibit a consistent right hand preference are more likely to develop advanced language skills by age two, according to a recently published study. The study suggests there may be an advantage to having consistent hand preference as an infant. Results showed children who had clear early hand preference performed better on language skills tests than those who did not develop handedness until toddlerhood. Read more in a press release from the sponsoring university.

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