Friday, July 17, 2015

2e in the Washington Post, Anxiety, Going Out with SPD Kids, and More

TWICE EXCEPTIONAL makes it into the Washington Post! (Finally.) In the feature On Parenting the mother of a twice-exceptional young man recounts her family's situation and some of the struggles. Many of her sentences will resonate with readers here. Find the feature. And if you're interested, the author has written about twice exceptionality for other publications; find some of those essays.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE offers "Tips for Going Places with Sensory-Challenged Kids," and if you have one of those kid you know the challenges involved. The article covers the importance of predictability (and scheduling), making space for sensory time-outs, what to back in a "go bag," having an exit strategy, and more. Find the tips.

ANXIETY. A writer, now 23, offers a first-person account of what it's like to be a young person with a serious anxiety disorder, what the consequences can be (serious), how she came to accept it, and what things are like for her now, a decade or so after her first anxiety attack. Find the account. Separately, an article from New York-Presbyterian Hospital covers teen anxiety and separation issues. A clinician is quoted as saying, "Anxiety disorders constitute the most prevalent class of mental health problems in adolescents. Some of these include separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and social anxiety disorders." Find the article.

HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM, social skills, and Daniel the Tiger. Evidently PBS character Daniel the Tiger channels Mr. Rogers, dispensing lots of "magic" that can help HFA kids better deal with social life. This according to Motherlode in The New York Times. Need such a magician? Read more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE eNEWS for July is out, with news from gifted education(and non-education, in the case of the Thiel Foundation Fellowship news), Davidson news, legislative and policy news, and various web resources. Find the enewsletter.

AN EARLY WINDOW TO LD. A Northwestern University study using brain imaging has indicated that how well a child's brain recognizes consonants amid background noise can be a predictor of reading development. The 30-minute test on three-year-olds, conducted using EEGs, is expected not to become a commonly used test but rather to provide understanding of how children's brains process sounds and how that relates to later learning. Find out more.

GIFTED, BULLIED, RESILIENT is the title of a new book published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. The subtitle is, "A Brief Guide for Smart Families." If this topic is relevant at your house, you can find out more about the book at the GHF website or read a review by Jenn the Blogger at the site of Laughing at Chaos.

WRIIGHTSLAW FANS might be interested to know that the organization is having a summer sale featuring 25 percent off its books, and training materials, along with free shipping on orders over $35. If your summer plans include finding out more about advocacy, special ed law, IEPs, due process, and so forth, check out the sale.

THE COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN does an interesting thing each summer, and that is to hold a Special Education Legislative Summit where special educators study special ed issues but also meet with legislators to advocate for the students "back home." CEC's umbrella includes both LDs and giftedness, so in theory this summit should address 2e issues; we'll check into it and get back to you. In the meantime, find out more about this year's summit.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- birth order has no "meaningful" effect on personality or IQ. So says a new University of Illinois study of almost 400,000 high school students. Evidently the study found that first-borns have a one-point IQ advantage, which the researchers called statistically significant but "meaningless." There were also some "infinitesimally small" personality differences. We're not sure. We'll take any IQ advantage we can scrounge, even a lousy point. Read more.

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