Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Psychological Well-being, Books, Sleep, Attention, and More

GIFTED AND WELL-ADJUSTED? An author in Psychology Today makes two points, together very interesting and relevant for the 2e community.
  • Point 1: "On average, a synthesis of the research shows that gifted children end up as psychologically well-adjusted and quite high-achieving adults."
  • Point 2, referring to the results of a recent study: "...specific subgroups of gifted children that teachers fail to identify, due to underachievement or in education undervalued talents such as creativity, are at risk for lower levels of psychological well-being.”
Take note, and take care with that 2e kiddo you raise or teach. Read more.

@DRHALLOWELL tweeted (not to us, to all his followers): "Know a young adult with #ADHD, dyslexia, LD who is talented & gifted but simply can't find a place for themselves? http://bit.ly/20sQEZY." If you follow the link, you'll find a TEDx Talk titled "Capturing necessary brilliance: learning differences unleashed." Chances are you'll recognize the subject of at least some of the talk.

SLEEP PROBLEMS. Many doctors will ask about quality of sleep when children have problems at school, but new research shows it's just as important to pay attention to how high achievers are sleeping. A study in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology suggests that doctors and parents should pay attention to snoring, labored breathing, and other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea in bright, high-performing children as well as those who struggle in school. Find the write-up of the study.

ATTENTION. Interactions between three brain networks that help people pay attention are weaker than normal in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a recently-published study. The degree of weakness was correlated to the severity of the children's inattention symptoms, the researchers found. Find a write-up. Separately, people vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new research suggests that they also vary according to distractibility. The lead study author is quoted as saying, "This led us to hypothesize that there might be an attention-distractibility trait that all of us have to some degree, and the clinical end of the spectrum is seen as ADHD." Find out more. Separately again, the headline of an article at a pediatrics site asks "ADHD medication: How young is too young?" If this is an issue with your bright but attention-challenged kiddo, find the article.

GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The spring edition of this publication is out. In it, publisher Maurice Fisher recommends books and articles he feels would be of interest to gifted learners and their teachers. (One of the books is the currently popular and acclaimed All the Light We Cannot See.) An article in the Quarterly explores "Logic in Wonderland," using Alice's adventures to teach logical constructs to gifted and talented middle-schoolers. Other articles cover service learning and talent development; ways of motivating gifted learners by way of Mars exploration; and an essay on Ralph Waldo Emerson. Find the Quarterly.

JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIPS. Applications are now being accepted for the Young Scholars Program, According to the organization, outstanding seventh-grade students with financial need can apply for the program, which provides many benefits and can lead to the Cooke Foundation’s prestigious college scholarship. Students selected as Cooke Young Scholars get individualized counseling to set academic goals, guidance on applying to colleges, and funding for summer educational programs, study abroad, internships, and school expenses. Find out more.

SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT. Evidently frequent marijuana use in teens can affect brain development when it starts early in the teen years. A write-up of research says, "The findings reveal that marijuana may have long-term consequences for adolescents. With that said, a longitudinal study is necessary to establish a causal relationship between brain alterations and marijuana use." Read more.

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