Friday, July 23, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR FAMILY "TYPE"? And how does it affect school success? A University of Notre Dame study says "the way a family interacts can have more of an impact on a child's predicted school success than reading, writing, or arithmetic." The three family types are cohesive, enmeshed, and detached. Find out which one is best for school success right here.

POLYFLUORALKYL CHEMICALS AND AD/HD. There's a link, says the Boston University School of Public Health. PFCs are used in food packagings, among other products, and they can take years to leave the body. Children with higher blood serum levels of PFC are more likely to have a diagnosis of AD/HD, although the researchers point out that it's not known if the link is causal. But what do you think? Read more.

THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT AD/HD. The stigma is gone -- that according to the Consumer Reports Health Blog. So if you feel embarrassed or guilty because your smart kid has AD/HD, read the blog and feel better. Find it.

JO FREITAG'S JULY NEWSLETTER contains items of interest. In one (Tony's story, page 8), read a note from a man with Asperger's, dyslexia, and AD/HD, but who has achieved a perfect score on an IQ test and now serves the gifted community in a variety of ways. In another (page 11) read an Australian mom's reaction to the PG Retreat, held annually in Colorado for profoundly gifted kids and their families; you'll also find her link to a newly established Facebook page about the Retreat. You'll probably find more items of interest, for example in Jo's regular list of interesting websites. Go Australian.

SENG GIFTS. In observance of National Gifted Parenting Week, SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) has been, as we've noted, publishing special newsletters each day. In Thursday's was an article titled "Existential Depression," an excerpt from the book Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis, by Dr. James Webb et al. Friday's feature article was "Advocating for Your Gifted Child," by Lori Comallie-Caplan. Find out more about SENG and their good works at their site.

EDUCATION RESOURCE COMING. The U.S. Secretary of Education has announced the creation of a National Learning Registry to "help organize digital educational resources for teachers and students," according to Education Week. The registry will pull together items from various sites and make the resources easier to find. Find out more.

TEMPLE GRANDIN SPOKE IN AUSTIN, Minnesota, and the local Daily Herald reported on her address to parents and educators. Read more about what Grandin said and the reaction of some of those in attendance, especially parents of autistic children.

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