Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Conferences, ADHD, Dyslexia, More

GOING TO NAGC? If you're there on Thursday, a "pre-conference" day, check out a 12:30 session called "Twice-Exceptional Children: Making Inroads." From the session blurb: "This session will highlight leaders in the field of twice-exceptional, describe our past, and draw directions for the future. Efforts of the National Community of Practice on 2e will be described, including a definition of 2e and implications for legal issues, research, practice, and policy. Panel members, who are founders of the 2e concept and advocacy, will share their histories, share practical strategies and suggestions, and share their desires for the future." Find out more

ON ADHD. "...people with ADHD may not have a disease, so much as a set of behavioral traits that don’t match the expectations of our contemporary culture." This is from an opinion piece in The New York Times, written by a psychiatrist/professor who offers a different way to look at ADHD and some suggestions for better matching the ADHD person's traits to his/her environment. Find the piece

CHADD's ANNUAL CONFERENCE is in Chicago this year on November 13-15. Find more information at the organization's website

PEDIATRICIANS AND ADHD. A study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that pediatricians may not consult the DSM when diagnosing ADHD, may not gather behavior ratings from parents and teachers, and may rely on meds rather than therapy or a combination. Read more at HealthDay.com. 

GIFTEDNESS AND DYSLEXIA intersect in the research of Jeffrey Gilger, who has contributed to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. In the current issue of The Examiner from the International Dyslexia Association is a Q&A with Gilger about his work on dynamic visual-spatial thinking in dyslexia; find the article. Find The Examiner

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The November issue of this newsletter is out. Among the features are two profiles of creative dyslexics, actor Channing Tatum and artist Michael Allen; and offers of two "card templates" titled "What is Dyslexia?" and "What Is Dysgraphia?" Find the newsletter

STEM, PRAISE, AND DWECK. At the site of The Atlantic, Carol Dweck is interviewed on "the best way to help kids feel confident enough to stay the STEM course." You already know the basics of Dweck's message; see how she applies it to STEM

IN AUSTRALIA. Via Jo Freitag's Gifted Resources newsletter we discovered the following events:
Freitag also reminds readers of the 2015 World Conference by the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, to be held August 10-14 in Denmark. 

2015 SENG CONFERENCE. SENG is now accepting presentation proposals for its 2015 conference in Denver, July 24-26. Got an idea? Find out more

CAN'T MAKE YOUR KIDS SMARTER? That's the contention of a study from Florida State University. Researchers said that parenting behaviors such as reading bedtime stories, conversing, and eating dinners together don't affect kids' IQs. Seems like heresy -- decide for yourself

AND FINALLY, THIS. Symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents aren't increasing -- at least, not in Canada, where a large study was conducted. Researchers examined data concerning ADHD, aggression, depression and anxiety, and suicidal inclinations. Read more.

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