Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2e-Friendly Schools, OCD, ADHD, More

2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL IN AUSTIN. A parent in Austin, Texas, contacted us to let us know about Ko School and Incubator. The parent wrote, "In one short year, my son went from barely surviving to thriving. While Ko School does not exclusively cater to 2e students, the small, multi-aged class sizes, emotional/social learning included in the curriculum, and the school's unique way of individualizing each child's educational experience, allow many self-directed 2e students who fail in conventional school settings to excel." Find out more.

2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL IN ADELAIDE. A friend of the newsletter in Australia tells us that Dara Village School for the gifted is scheduled to open in Adelaide, South Australia, at the beginning of 2017. She writes, "All teaching staff will have a master's in teaching gifted students and with this specialized knowledge 2e students will be very welcome!" Find out more.

OCD PRIMER. An article at UK Business Insider offers insight into what OCD is like in real life as opposed to the way it can be depicted in pop culture. The article covers triggers and treatment with input from psychiatrists and researchers. Find the article.

ADHD CAMP. A summer camp in Tennessee is one of just a few that is devoted to the treatment of ADHD by means of strengthening social skills and focus, according to The Tennessean. Role-play between campers and counselors is one learning tool, as is group discussion and a point system for rewards. Read more.

JEN THE BLOGGER writes about poetic justice as her twice-exceptional son returns to the sleep-away Camp Invention he loved as a younger child -- only this time, at 15, he's an intern helping counsel and supervise younger campers and counselors-in-training. Jen gets the last laugh on several matters. Find the blog.

JOURNAL WATCH. This service from the New England Journal of Medicine commented on a couple studies that are of potential interest to parents. 
  • One study indicated that students with a concussion were, a week later, experiencing academic dysfunction much at a much higher level than students who had suffered injuries to extremities, but that after a month the differences were negligible. Commenting on those and other study results, Journal Watch said: "...depending on the point in the academic semester or year at which the injury occurs, even a few weeks can have a significant negative impact on academic success. These findings confirm prior work showing that girls and students with multiple prior concussions will need more careful follow-up by pediatricians and school officials." 
  • The other study is one mentioned in this blog on June 10 about the efficacy of antidepressants in young people. Journal Watch commented: "These findings provide little support for administering antidepressants during childhood. However, an epidemiological study of suicide rates, conducted after the black-box warning, suggests otherwise: As prescriptions for antidepressants decreased, suicide rates increased (Am J Psychiatry2006; 163:1898). Eventually, personalized biomarkers will pinpoint patients who can benefit from antidepressants. In the meantime, medication may be appropriate for moderately or severely ill children and teens when nonpharmacological interventions fail." As always, consult with your own medical professional.
(Journal Watch access is by subscription only.)

OTHER STUDIES AND RESEARCH.
  • Self-talk. A UK professor and his colleagues tested which physiological skills would help people improve their scores in an online game. According to a study write-up, people using self-talk -- for example "I can do better next time" -- performed better than the control group in every portion of the task. Find the write-up
  • More to worry about. In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and children's health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. Find the write-up
  • Parenting. Youth who experienced high parental warmth and support are less civically engaged in young adulthood -- in comparison to their peers who received less parental affection. The surprising finding challenges the widely held belief that positive parenting leads to positive outcomes for children and youth in virtually all life domains. Find the write-up

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