Friday, February 20, 2015

GT/LD for All, Processing Speed, ADHD Treatments, More

GT/LD FOR ALL. An educator "facetiously" says, "I teach all of my students as [if] they are gifted with learning differences." This in a post titled "Finding the Gift in Every Student." Her point is that a student-centered classroom will help all students succeed, and that gifts and deficits must be addressed. Sound familiar? And is such a classroom achievable? Read more about what this educator wishes for her students.

SLOW PROCESSING SPEED is a very interesting topic to the readers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, if page-visit statistics for our website are to be believed. Understood.org has a primer piece on slow processing speed; find it. Then graduate to the piece on our website by psychologist Steven Butnik; find it. Separately, Understood.org offers online parent discussion groups on a variety of topics such as learning and attention issues. These will likely not focus on the gifted part of the 2e equation but might worth checking out. Find them.

TEEN DEPRESSION and the immune system is the topic of a video at the site of the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Vilma Gabbay covers how poor diet and lack of sleep and exercise can affect brain chemicals. Got a teen? Check this out.

TEACHER RESOURCE. A MOOC from Lancaster University is designed to help teachers help dyslexic students learn second languages. From the blurb: "This free online course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages. It offers you practical tools, as well as theoretical insights, to best accommodate and meet the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign or second language classes." Find out more. Thanks for Dr. Michael for pointing us to this.

BIPOLAR DISORDER ANTIDEPRESSION TREATMENT. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry describes the promise of a treatment for the depressive phase of bipolar disorder. The therapy is called OFC -- olanzapine fluoxetine combination. Read more.

WANT TO READ WHAT YOUR PEDIATRICIAN READS about treating ADHD? Family Practice News has an article about approved options for treatment, listing the sequence in which clinicians will typically try different treatments in order to reduce ADHD symptoms. See how far down the road of possible treatments your child might be in this article.

LATER SCHOOL TIMES. We've blogged about how research shows that a later school start time might benefit adolescents, but apparently parents aren't all on board with such a change. Significant percentages of parents would worry about a lack of time for after-school activities or transportation to school. Read more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. More on the effect of chemicals on the developing brain and what can result. Some of the usual suspects are mentioned in this article -- BPA, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and phthalates -- along with an explanation of how the various chemicals do their harm. This article at Quatrz uses the term neurotoxicants for chemicals that affect brain development. Also covered: the effects of social stress in combination with neurotoxicants. Read more.

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