Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gifted &: Myths, Prison, Blogs, More

DEBUNKING MYTHS about gifted students is the topic of an article at edutopia.org. You know some of these myths, for example that gifted kids don't need scaffolding. See how many others you're disabused of.

THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE -- for gifted kids -- is covered at Quartz, qz.com. The article notes that as many as 20 percent of the prison population might be considered gifted, and that twice-exceptional kids have strikes against them when it comes to avoiding the pipeline. The article compares the cognitive and family characteristics of two gifted young men, one of whom wound up "dropping out." Find the article.

MUSIC AND THE BRAIN. In a study called "the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development," a child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Read more.

LDA CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO. The annual conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America is set for February 18-21 in Chicago. A quick search of the online program book reveals no mention of "twice-exceptional," but you may search for sessions relevant to you at this link.

AUTISM SPEAKS has issued its December newsletter. It includes a link to a collection of autism-related stories that readers chose as the "top 10" for 2014. Find the newsletter.

SENG. At this site you can find a list of gifted blogs, including blogs for homeschoolers and for gifted adults. Find the lists.

SOCIAL ANXIETY. Social anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents -- and among the twice-exceptional. A new study has found that the quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness predict the likelihood of social anxiety in adolescence. Read more.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Back in a few days with more blog items. 

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