2e II. Eric Parsons, at the site of the Center for Talent Development writes about "non-normative behaviors." Recognize those? The gifted behaviors? The LD-based behaviors? The "nerd" label? The "outsider" feeling? He notes a sliver lining, how "Through linguistic re-appropriation and public forums unconstrained by geography, robust communities of self identified ‘nerds’, ‘geeks’, ‘weirdos’ etc. have developed around one key principle: enthusiastically pursuing and sharing interests without regard for prevailing socio-cultural norms." In other words, as Jen said above, "normal." Find the post.
2e III. "Why We Should Stop Worrying if Other People Like Our Kids" is a Huffington Post blog by Lisa Abeyta, mother of two 2e kids, which she says is "is usually a daily adventure into the unknown, especially when a child is young -- because the exceptionalities are rarely identified. leaving parents a bit off kilter as they struggle to understand their child's unique approach to life." She tells a very uncomfortable story -- very uncomfortable to any parent -- in which she does something any parent will cheer. She writes, " I have... come to understand that it is so not my job to make my kid feel defective because he doesn't fit in the right box," and she has stopped worrying whether others are comfortable around her kid. Find the post.
SCOOPED! We just finished writing up an NAGC session we attended by Matthew Fugate of Purdue University. The topic: giftedness, ADHD, and creativity. But Scott Barry Kaufman, writing at the site of Scientific American, has already addressed the study by Fugate that was core to his presentation. Here's the Kaufmann article -- but we'll add some details in our session write-up, coming soon.
EXERCISE AND ADHD. We've blogged recently about the positive effects of exercise on cognitive functioning. An article at the site of the Child Mind Institute reflects on the results of one of those studies. Find the article.