Thursday, August 4, 2016

Multi-cultural Therapists, Working Memory, New 2e-Friendly School, and More

MULTI-CULTURAL THERAPISTS. A couple generations ago in the U.S.,  "diversity" meant that maybe someone you knew had Greek heritage; things are vibrantly different now, and 2e Newsletter's subscription base reflects that. An article at GoodTherapy.org describes how to find a "multiculturally competent therapist." Should that be a concern for you, check out the article.

WITH UNDERSTANDING COMES CALM. This organization's most recent newsletter is out. In case you didn't attend SENG (we missed it), you can find coverage of some SENG happenings in this newsletter; find it.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. The Institute has posted on its website two articles of potential interest to parents and educators of 2e kiddos. One is a primer on working memory; find it. The other covers supportive strategies to help kids with working memory issues; find it.

NEW 2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL. The Long Island Whole Child Academy, opening this fall, will serve students in grades 4-8 for its first year. The school’s goal is to provide a rigorous academic program that will become the gold standard of STEAM education for twice-exceptional students, according to the school's founder, Ellen Richer, Ph.D. Classes for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on September 14, 2016. The school’s location: at 175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville, New York. at St. Elizabeth's Church. Registration information is available at the school's website or by calling Dr. Richer at 347-668-3676.

DABROWSKI FANS. The 16th Dabrowski Conference was held in Calgary, Canada, last month. Linda Silverman, of the Gifted Development Center, recaps her experiences at the conference. Find her blog posting.

GIFTED HOMESCHOOLERS FORUM. This group's latest missive "A Word from GHF" is out, and its contents include an article titled "Homeschooling: How to Get Started in 7 Steps," should some of you parents of 2e kiddos be entertaining the homeschooling route. GHF positions itself as serving the gifted and 2e communities, and those who read "A Word from GHF" will recognize some familiar names from 2e Newsletter. Find "A Word...."

ADHD MEDS. ADDitude has posted something to share with physicians -- "11 Steps to Prescribing and Using ADHD Medication Effectively," written by an M.D. Find it. Separately, three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry report that combining two standard medications could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with ADHD than either therapy alone. Find a write-up.

GENETICS UPDATE. Depending on how long ago you took a biology class, or how closely you've been paying attention over the past few years, the field of genetics might have left you playing catch-up. If you need an update, look to Joel Eissenberg, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, to get up to speed on the advances that are changing not only science and medicine, but also fields like forensics and ancestry. Find the update.

DEPRESSION SCREENING. To identify depression in children and adolescents, physicians often use short questionnaires asking about symptoms of depression. But, according to new research, there is insufficient evidence to show that any of these questionnaires accurately screen 6- to 18-year-olds for the condition. The researchers believe that this calls into question the use of these assessment tools for this group and raises worries about possible misdiagnosis of depression in this age range. Find the research write-up at Science Daily.

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