Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hyperactivity in ASD, Getting Kids to Talk about their LDs, and More

HYPERACTIVITY IN ASD may be reduced by a drug called guanfacine, according to Psychiatric News. An "alert" from that publication reported on a study involving the effects of an extended-release form of guanfacine on children with ASD who were also hyperactive, impulsive, and distractible. The non-placebo-treated children showed a steep drop in the "aberrant behavior checklist." Read more. (Thanks to Kim for pointing us to the article.)

TALKING ABOUT LDs. It can be tough for a child to talk about his or her own LD, even though such self-disclosure can be a start to good self-advocacy. A new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute offers help to get kids talking -- why speak up, how to help kids speak up, what the kids should say to teachers, and help in talking to peers. Find the article.

DEPRESSION IN 13 CHARTS. That's what StumbledUpon pointed us to at the site of The Idealist Revolution -- 13 graphics that help non-depressives get a feel for depression. If this is an issue in your family, find the charts. (We especially liked numbers 1 and 9.) Separately, the Brain and Behavior Foundation presents a free webinar on September 8 titled "New Approaches to Treating Depression." Find out more.

FRESH AIR ON WEDNESDAY featured an interview with the author of NeuroTribes, and examination of the history and myths of autism. The book's subtitle is "The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity." Find the audio interview and textual highlights.

EXERCISE AND TEENS. Bad news. Evidently "guilting" teens to get more exercise doesn't work, according to a study on middle-schoolers by researchers from the University of Georgia. But you probably knew that based on your experience trying to "guilt" young people into doing anything. Read more.

FOLLOWING THE TEEN HERD -- at least, to the extent of having close friendships -- may have benefits for physical health in early adulthood. Researchers found that physical health in adulthood could be predicted based on the quality of close friendships in adolescence. In addition, efforts to conform to peer norms were actually linked to higher quality health in adulthood. Read more.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED. This organization's summer newsletter is out; find it. In addition, the organization has issued a call for presenters at its 2016 conference in February. The last day for submitting proposals is October 10. Got something to say? Find out more.

KENNY'S DREAM FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization formed in 2014 to help those affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS), It was formed in memory of Kenny Boyajian and is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to help those affected by Tourette Syndrome, by providing scholarships and camp tuition to children and adults with TS, while promoting awareness and acceptance. Find out more about the organization.

WRIGHTSLAW is on Session 5 of its 2015 Summer School on advocacy. In this session, according to Wrightslaw, "You'll find what you need to learn to become an advocate and where you can get training. You'll also find a reading and resource list." Go to summer school!

IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA? The Summit Center is hosting an October/November discussion group for parents challenged by gifted and 2e children. The groups follow the SENG Model Parent Group format. Find out more.

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