Monday, April 27, 2015

The Dark Side of Giftedness, a Neuroeducation Resource, More

SPEAK UP FOR KIDS 2015. The Child Mind Institute Sponsors this initiative during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3-9. It includes awards to "change makers" who give voice to children's mental health; the release of the Children's Mental Health Report; and resources to enable advocates to "make a difference locally and across the nation." Find more information as April concludes. (National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is evidently sponsored by the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.)

THE DARK SIDE OF GIFTEDNESS? An article in the Calgary Herald focuses on some of the disadvantages of being gifted. Through a series of profiles, the author tells of gifted young people not fitting in, not being supported, not being nurtured -- sometimes with tragic results. The author writes, "To speak of giftedness as a disability seems counterintuitive. Part of the problem is simply semantic; the word 'gifted' suggests an advantage and does not conjure up the intense challenges these children can face." See what you think.

A NATION EMPOWERED. A writer at the site of Psychology Today interviews the authors of this new book from the Belin-Blank Center, the follow-up to A Nation Deceived. Read more about what the authors say about the benefits of acceleration, why it's not used more, and Common Core and gifted ed.

DUE PROCESS. If you're in or considering a due process proceeding because of the way a school or district has served (or not served) your twice-exceptional child, check out an article at Disability Scoop about a "Dear Colleague" letter the U.S. Department of Education sent to schools recently. The article provides some insights into school strategies when they push parents into such proceedings. Find it.

NEUROEDUCATION RESOURCE. We just discovered a temporary but interesting resource in the area of neuroeducation. It's a "learning zone" at a UK site sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. In this "zone," five scientists address questions from educators about topics such as gender, multiple intelligences, fish oil and cognitive performance, growth mindset, and many more. Questions come from all over the world, and answers are of interest to parents as well as educators. Find the resource. (And enjoy reading "British English.")

AUTISM RESOLVING. About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most of those whose ASD symptoms resolved continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required special education supports, according to a new study. Read more.

FOOD THERAPY FOR ADHD. An article by an M.D. at the site of ADDitude provides advice about nutrition when it comes to kids with ADHD. Interestingly, the article starts out, "The best foods for children who have ADHD are the same as those for children who don’t have the condition." Is ADHD the second "e" at your house? Read more.

DON'T FORGET the UC Davis MIND Institute as a source of information about the "e's." For example, one of their past newsletters offers eight pages on the topic of ADHD. And the Institute has an ongoing "Distinguished Lecturer Series" in which presentations are often recorded and available as webcasts; find them. Or, just find out more about the Institute.

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