Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2e Story, ASD, ADHD, OCD, Parenting, More

2e CASE STUDY. Writing at the website Quartz (qz.com), Jenn Choi tells the story of gifted "Aidan" and his adventures in education in New York City. Some of the usual horror stories are included, but Choi also quotes James Webb and points out schools such as Quad Preparatory School and the Bell Academy, potentially a good fit for students such as Aidan. Sounds like Aidan is back in homeschool, but his mother is quoted as saying "the nightmares are gone." Find the article.

SPEAKING OF QUAD PREP, the new school just completed its first week. Find out more at the school's site.

BRAINWAVE DIAGNOSIS FOR ASD. A new study by researchers at Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may help diagnose the condition earlier. In the study, the speed with which the subjects processed auditory signals strongly correlated with the severity of their symptoms: the more time required for an ASD individual to process the auditory signals, the more severe that person’s autistic symptoms. Read more.

FEAR OF FAILURE. Got one of these kids? You know how it can affect motivation and learning. A recent analysis found that "those who had developed a fear of failure at an early age were more likely to adopt [a] goal to validate their ego rather than for their own personal interest and development, and were less likely to use effective learning strategies but more likely to cheat." Not good. Find out more.

TIGER PARENTING -- maybe not so good. So says a study from the University of California at Riverside. The net-out: "Less supportive and punitive parenting techniques used by some Chinese parents might lead to the development of low self-esteem and school adjustment difficulties in their children and leave them vulnerable to depression and problem behaviors." Find out more.

OCD AND DBS: OK. Bilateral deep brain stimulation is effective for OCD that doesn't respond to meds. If you know someone with treatment-resistant OCD, this study write-up might be of interest.

SEEING A COUNSELOR FOR THAT KID? At PsychCentral, a psychologist offers a series of tips for parents on the process -- knowing the importance of sleep and exercise, and of extracurricular activities for the child; accepting what your child says at face value; abandoning your need to fix/understand/control; knowing the risk factors for suicide; and more. Find the tips.

JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIPS. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers college scholarships for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Find more information at the foundation's website.

AND FINALLY, THIS. While most practitioners recommend a combination of meds and therapy for ADHD, less than 25 percent of kids on meds receive talk therapy, according to the research organization RAND. The RAND lead author says, "In areas of the country where rates of use are so low, it indicates that many kids with private insurance who could benefit from therapy are not receiving it." Read more.

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