Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Money, Food, Mindfulness, More

GOT MONEY? The use of due process and mediation under IDEA is linked to family income, with families earning more than $100,000 per year more likely to pursue remedies, according to a Disability Scoop report on a University of Illinois study. The article also notes that the average due process hearing costs parents and schools about $60,000. Read more. Separately on the topic of money, the application period for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is now open. The program offers scholarship support to "exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need," according to the organization, adding "Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school." Find out more. And one more item on money might give you comfort or make you uneasy, depending on your balance sheet: children from affluent families may be more involved in substance abuse, engaged in theft from parents, or depressed or anxious than those from "poorer" families. Read more.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE'S newest article is titled "How to Help Your Depressed Teenager." It offers signs to watch for, ways to be supportive, and tips for getting treatment. Find the article.

FOOD can affect your child's academic achievement. On the one hand, habitual fast-food eaters don't do as well on tests as kids who don't eat fast food; read more. On the other hand, eating dinner regularly with parents boosts vocabulary for younger kids, and for older kids such mealtime "is an even more powerful predictor of high achievement scores than time spent in school, doing homework, playing sports or doing art," according to a family therapist writing for the Washington Post. Read more.

MINDFULNESS. Been hearing a lot about it for the last few years? Us too. In fact, venerable Parade Magazine calls it "The Number 1 Health-Booster in 2015," and explains what it is and the benefits it conveys. Find the article. By coincidence (maybe?), Jen the Blogger, mom of 2e kids, has declared "mindful" her "Word of the Year"; find out why.

OCD ON NPR. An interviewee on Fresh Air described his OCD to Terry Gross. David Adam has also written a book, The Man Who Couldn't Stop, which, according to NPR, "takes a wider look at how medical understanding and treatment of the disorder have changed over the years." Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's January eNews-Update is out, with news about summer opportunities for highly gifted students; a state-by-state update on legislative and policy news; and a listing of gifted-related resources from the Web. Find the newsletter.

GATE WEBINAR SERIES. The University of California/Irvine has scheduled a series of four free webinars for educators and parents of the gifted. One is titled, "Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner." The organizers say, "The series brings to light contemporary challenges of the GATE community and examines solutions that teachers, parents, and administration can reference with their students and programs." Find out more about the series here (scroll down to "7th Annual Gifted & Talented Education Webinar Series") or here.

WRIGHTSLAW. If you're a fan of this organization, as we are, you might be interested in their "2014 Progress Report," with statistics about usage of their resources, the top 10 articles of 2014 (number one: "Understanding Dysgraphia"), the top 10 cases of 2014, and more. Find the progress report.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Coincidence. Really. :)