Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Growing Up Gifted, Fish Oil, Antipsychotics, More

HORRIBLE TO GROW UP GIFTED? Some people think so, evidently. The site Business Insider collected comments from a Reddit thread on whether being labeled gifted helped or harmed. Business Insider lists 20 reasons thread contributors were not pleased with the label. Find the reasons, and see if they apply to that gifted kid you know (or to you). Note: the thread attracted over 6500 comments.

NCLB is being debated and probably rewritten. For an overview of the law, stakeholders' issues with it, and possible changes, see a New York Times article from last Sunday.

FISH OIL AND ADHD. Another study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids of the type found in fish oil might, to a degree, ameliorate symptoms of ADHD. This study was on boys and was conducted in the Netherlands. Read more.

AUTISTIC BRAIN DIFFERENCES. A new way of analyzing MRI images has highlighted certain areas of the brain involved in autistic symptoms. A press release on the study said that the identified differences include key systems involved with brain functions relating to autism. The researchers think that the new methodology could also be useful for studying ADHD and OCD, among other disorders. Read more.

ANTIPSYCHOTICS: FOLLOWUP. A few weeks ago we blogged about the use of antipsychotic meds (in kids) for conditions such as autism and ADHD. An article at TheConversation.com by a psychiatrist provides more context on prescribing these medicines to children. If any medical professional has ever mentioned Risperdal, Seroquel, or Abilify to you, perhaps check out this article.

WRIGHTSLAW visits the topic of IEP changes -- who reviews, how often, and how they get revised. Got one in your family? Check out Special Ed Advocate.

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