Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ADHD, Harry Potter Character, Holidays, and More

UNDERSTOOD offers a blog posting by a writer and disability activist who explains how a character in the Harry Potter series -- Neville Longbottom -- helped her come to grips with her own learning and attention issues, giving numerous examples from the series. If you have a Harry Potter fan in that 2e kiddo you raise or teach, perhaps this would be an entree into conversation -- or understanding. Find the posting.

INTELLIGENCE THEORY is the subject of any article by Russell Warne in High Flyer. The article is based on one published in Gifted Child Quarterly advocating the use of the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of intelligence. The blogger writes, "Leading psychologists view intelligence as a general ability (labeled g) that sits atop a three-level hierarchy of mental abilities... It is important because it includes every cognitive ability yet discovered by psychologists, including verbal ability, abstract reasoning, vocabulary knowledge, mathematical ability, spatial reasoning, reaction time, short-term memory, and more. General ability, “g,” includes them all." Find the blog.

ADHD. David Rabiner recently presented a webinar titled "Attention Problems and Academic Achievement: Can Attention Skills be Trained." That webinar is now available online for viewing free of charge; find it.

GIFTEDNESS AND THE HOLIDAYS. Psychologist Gail Post writes about why gifted children often encounter trouble at holiday times, and what parents can do to help avoid that trouble. Find her blog.

ASD, VITAMIN D. A very brief study write-up at Science Daily describes research indicating that vitamin D supplementation can help improve symptoms of autism, including hyperactivity and social withdrawal. Find the write-up.

PARENTING. Two items of interest to parents appeared in the media recently. In one, a mouse study indicated that video game-like experiences change the circuits in a growing brain. The results, according to NPR: "On the plus side, it meant that these mice were able to stay calm in an environment that would have stressed out a typical mouse... But it also meant they acted like they had an attention deficit disorder, showed signs of learning problems, and were prone to risky behavior." Read more. The other item was a Wall Street Journal article about research on how different parenting styles can affect not only the mental and emotional health of children, but also physical health. Find the article.

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