Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2e Conference, Civil Rights, ADHD, Depression, and More

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope it's a good one for you and that 2e kiddo you raise, educate, or counsel. 
Greeting courtesy of Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, pennies in a pond.

GOING TO "BREAKTHROUGHS"? The annual "Breakthroughs in Twice-Exceptional Education" conference in New York City is scheduled for March 15-16 this year. Conference co-presenters Quad Prep and AEGUS are offering an early-bird registration special -- but the offer's only good through January 15. Find out more about the conference and the offer.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING can be a huge advantage for a gifted or twice-exceptional learner. For a primer on the concept, and to see what might be needed to actually implement the concept, see a recent story in Forbes.

CIVIL RIGHTS apply to your 2e child if he or she has an exceptionality that qualifies as a disability. Education Week provides a nice wrap-up of where we stand after the release of new guidance documents from the U.S. Department of Education. Those documents, explained and linked to, are:

  • A parent and educator guide to Section 504
  • Guidelines for restraint and seclusion
  • Notice that charter school students have the same protections as traditional public school students.
Find the article.

PEDIATRICIANS AND MENTAL HEALTH. Want to know what the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests for pediatricians in terms of providing mental health services while at the same time reducing attendant legal risks? With pediatricians assuming some of the duties of those scarce child psychiatrists, it might be worthwhile to know the challenges pediatricians can face in providing mental health care -- if for nothing else to understand the limits of what your pediatrician might be able and willing to do. Find the guidance.

ADHD AND DEPRESSION. Medical News Today has posted an article on the connection of ADHD to depression, noting that up to 70 percent of those with ADHD will have symptoms of depression at some time or another. The article deals with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and support of the child with ADHD. Find the article.

TREATMENT FOR PEDIATRIC DEPRESSION. A study published last November compared three therapies for young people 11-17 diagnosed with major depression. The therapies were CBT, psychoanalytic therapy, or psychosocial intervention. About 50 percent of the participants improved, regardless of the therapy. Journal Watch commented this way on the study: "The finding that six sessions of a psychosocial intervention, administered by trained clinicians, was as effective as specialized therapies should help to strongly encourage its implementation."

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted an "Ask the Experts" column dealing with how the diagnosis of LD in one child might affect other children in the family -- and what to do about it. Find the column.

DON'T FORGET that on our website you can find a variety of 2e-related resources. For example, if you're looking for something to help you explain to others (grandparents, teachers, administrators, pediatricians, etc) what twice exceptionality is all about, there are several articles available, including a comprehensive primer by ex-journalist Micaela Bracamonte, founder of The Lang School. Find the articles.

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