Friday, January 29, 2016

ASD, Educating the 2e, ADHD, Depression, and More

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is being screened on February 13 in San Francisco. Here are the details:
Where: The Innovation Hangar (formerly The Exploratorium) at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Time: 2 PM
Tickets at http://bit.ly/1RK2fnN; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children under 12 admitted free.
Panel discussion afterward with filmmaker Thomas Ropelewski and distinguished guests Susan Baum, Ph.D, and Dr. Dan Peters.

THE GIFTED SUPPORT CENTER in San Mateo, California is presenting a second session of its four-week parenting development series "Parenting Your Gifted Child." Find out more.

INVOLVED DAD. A son's diagnosis with autism was the trigger for a Kentucky engineer to begin developing technologies that can help children with autism, for example by delivering behavioral therapy. One tool uses Google Glass to encourage eye contact. Read more.

PARENTS OF 2e STUDENTS RAISE QUESTIONS. A report at the website Greenwich Time, in Connecticut, tells how parents of twice-exceptional students are asking for more recognition and help for twice-exceptional students. One of the parent advocates has three 2e children in the local school district. The comments came during the presentation of a specially-commissioned study of the district's special education practices. Find the report.

THE STRESS OF ADHD. Sharp Brains tells about a study that showed how parents of teens with ADHD experience stress; mothers are more affected than fathers. Read more about the study.

SPD. Researchers have found that boys and girls with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have altered pathways for brain connectivity when compared to typically developing children, and the difference predicts challenges with auditory and tactile processing. A write-up of the study calls it "the biggest imaging study ever done in children with SPD. It's also the first to compare the white matter tracts in the brain of typically developing boys and girls versus those with an SPD diagnosis." Find out more.

ANXIETY? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT, or so reports Forbes. The particular app is called Pacifica, and it supposedly "incorporates principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation, and wellness to break the cycle of anxiety, as well as helping users achieve real results to combat anxiety and improve wellness." Other apps mentioned help assess mood and "treat" various conditions using neurostimulation. Read more.

DEPRESSION. A newly published study resurrects the danger of aggression and suicide in children taking common antidepressants. This study was a a review and analysis of dozens of prior studies, now called "poorly designed." The new study says that the risk of aggression and suicide is doubled in kids taking these drugs. Read more. Healthday also reported on this study; find its coverage.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Curious about education in the U.S. and how it compares with other G-20 countries? You can find a 154-page report at the site of the National Center for Education Statistics, and compare countries on the basis of categories such as expenditure on education, graduation rates, academic performance, and even student and teacher attitudes about some things. Interestingly, the U.S. spends more money annually per student than any other country -- $25,600.

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