Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Readings, Research, and Research Participation Opportunities

TODAY'S BLOG features readings from organizations we cover often, such as Undestood and the Child Mind Institute; recent research results of possible interest to the 2e community; and a couple research participation opportunities


SENG offers, from its archives, an article titled "Depressive Disorder in Highly Gifted Adolescents," written by two authors who have contributed much to the gifted and 2e community -- P. Susan Jackson and Jean Sunde Peterson. It was originally published by SENG in 2011, but if you missed it then check it out.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE offers an article on techniques for calming anxiety-prone kiddos. Find it.

UNDERSTOOD features astronaut Scott Kelly talking about his attention issues. What could be better for a bright kiddo with ADHD than to read an astronaut say something like, "Every year, I thought, ‘This is the year I’m going to start paying attention and doing my homework.’ And that would last all of two days.” Find the article.

WRIGHITSLAW, as it periodically does, focuses on families in the military who have special needs kids and describes the challenges they face. Find Special Ed Advocate.

AND NCLD, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, has a concern, urging NCLD fans to tell the U.S. Congress to take action against the 2018 budget proposed by the nation's president because of what they see as the "devastating impact it would have on students and schools." Find out more.


PANDAS IS REAL, IT SEEMS. A recent study links strep throat infections to a higher risk of mental disorders, especially OCD and tics. Read more.

SPECIAL DIETS FOR ASD might not be effective, according to newly-published research. Evaluated by the research were tactics such as gluten-free foods and fish oil supplements. Read more.

BRAIN STIMULATION using external direct current may not be effective for cognitive training, says new research. The study examined the use of transcranial direct current stimulation during cognitive training to see if it would "enhance brain plasticity and enable transfer from working memory to other cognitive processes." Evidently it did not. Read a study write-up.


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS. [Note: this information is from the University of Iowa. Please contact the researcher directly with any questions.] Did you know that researchers know very little about twice-exceptional students compared to other groups of children and adolescents? Interested individuals are invited to participate in a research study examining the perceptions of friendship quality amongst middle school students. This information may help researchers better understand how twice-exceptional students, an under-researched group, perceive their friendships compared to their peers.We are looking for students in Grades 6, 7, or 8 (or the equivalent) who have completed standardized assessments (e.g., Iowa Assessments, Wechsler Assessments, CogAT, etc.) and would be interested in participating in our study. You will also be asked to provide demographic information about your child along with documentation of their cognitive ability (such as Iowa assessment scores from school) and ADHD diagnosis (if it applies). To participate, students will complete an online survey. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.If you are interested in learning more, please contact the PI (Staci Fosenburg, staci-fosenburg@uiowa.edu) for more information about how to participate in this study. Thank you!

ASD USUAL CARE STUDY. Lerner Labs at New York's Stony Brook University has this announcement: "We are working with colleagues around the country to develop the most comprehensive picture to date of the specific practices used in mental health services for children and teens with ASD. Soon we will be seeking input from providers who work with youth with ASD around the country! If you work with youth with ASD and would like to be contacted about participating in the ASD Usual Care Study to share your insight with us, please let us know at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu!" Find more information.

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