Thursday, September 24, 2015

Anxiety and Depression; Finding the Gifted; tCDS for ADHD; and Big Macs

ANXIETY *AND* DEPRESSION. We know lots of 2e kids have anxiety, and lots have depression. We suspect that many kids have both. A series of "cartoons" at Medical Daily illustrate what it's like to have both. The cartoons are by the creator of the comic strip "The Awkward Yeti." Find the cartoons and explanations.

GIFTED, RICH, POOR. The Washington Post writes about a program in Broward County, Florida, where schools in 2005 began testing all students in second grade to screen for possible giftedness. The screenings and follow-up tests were "a huge success in identifying poor, minority students qualified for gifted programs," although recently the racial and economic discrepancies have started to widen again. The article explains some reasons why most school districts don't find gifted kids who are poor or minority. Find it. As to the backsliding, one administrator in the Broward district is quoted as saying, “This is very common in education. Things just move around and around in a circle.”

tDCS FOR ADHD? Can transcranial direct current stimulation help cognitive performance in those with ADHD? What is apparently the first study to test the hypothesis says no. Find the results and statistics and explanations in a study at PLOS One.

AND IF THAT STUDY INTERESTED YOU, read another, this one about teachers' attitudes toward kids with disabilities of all sorts, including LDs and ADHD. The study results indicate that four factors can make teachers less amenable to the inclusion of kids with disabilities. Those factors are teacher age, gender, training, and sense of self efficacy. Find the study and wonder how it affects your twice-exceptional child.

IT'S STILL BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME, we guess, and the website Understood offers some "conversation starters" for parents to use with teachers in discussing supports and services, evaluation reports, teaching approaches, behavioral problems, and social/emotional issues. If any of those apply at your house and you anticipate upcoming conversations with an educator, perhaps check these out.

ALSO ON PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION, Wrightslaw this week in Special Ed Advocate offers advice for parent-teacher team building. Find it.

ASSUMING THAT ADHD is the cause of attention problems in a child can be a bad idea sometimes, according to a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute. The article discusses other possibilities, including anxiety, OCD, stress, and LDs. (ADHD is technically an "other health impairment," not a specific LD.) Find the article.

AUTISM RESOURCE. The National Autism Center has published a new version of its autism manual for educators. The Center says on its website: Since the manual was first published in 2010, tens of thousands of copies have been downloaded or purchased by teachers and front-line interventionists from across the country and throughout the world. Responses to a national survey indicate that the first edition of the manual made a significant impact on improving educators’ knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and providing effective interventions for students on the spectrum. The free manual and other resources are available at the Center's website.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Maybe you can't "guilt" kids out of nasty habits, but maybe you can "gross" them out of the habits. If you have a child enamored of Big Macs or similar fast foods, check out an infographic titled "What Happens One Hour After Eating a Big Mac?" It covers the effect of the calories, sugars, sodium, and trans fats. It also covers digestion time (long). Mmmmmm. Find the infographic.

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