Thursday, April 19, 2012

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AT ADDITUDE, comedian and performer Howie Mandel talks about living with AD/HD and OCD, along with what his family puts up with. He describes how his exceptionalities suit certain types of work (but not others). From the article: "I’d never say that ADD/ADHD is a gift or a blessing. And if someone says it is a gift, I’d love to return it." Read more. (According to Wikipedia, in high school Mandel impersonated a member of the school board and signed a construction contract for an addition to the school; he was expelled.) Separately at, the organization is running an essay contest called "AD/HD & Me." It's for parents or kids and asks for 300-500 words. Find out more.
BULLYING can be an issue for kids who are "different" -- like twice-exceptional children. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities notes the release of the film "Bully," a documentary following five bullied children and their families. And NCLD is also doing what it can to raise awareness (and money) to confront the issue of bullying when it comes to kids with special needs; find out more.
AD/HD AND GOLF. Bubba Watson is a very talented golfer who has never won a major tournament. In an article in Golf Digest, Watson says this about the slow pace of golf: "Five hours of PGA Tour golf -- I mean, it's no fun. My mind just wanders. I'm thinking about what shoes I'm going to buy ... man, I need to wash my car. I'm thinking about stuff that doesn't matter, because we're out there for so long." A fellow golfer who also has AD/HD says that, as far as golf goes, AD/HD can be great when you're "in a zone" but bad when you're not, that it makes it hard to refocus after being distracted. Read the article to find out some of the specific (and not entirely polite) ways Watson can respond after being distracted.
GETTING TO THERAPY. What happens when your teen-aged son won't go to therapy or counseling even though you feel he would benefit? Dr. Alan Ravitz addresses this problem at the site of the Child Mind Institute. Find out what he says.
SCAFFOLDING. An insightful article at LD Online reinforces what many of us believe about helping twice-exceptional kids succeed -- that providing the appropriate academic and social-emotional scaffolding is a prerequisite. The article lists characteristics of an "empowering" academic environment, and concludes with an application of Jewish law to kids with special needs. Find the article
BLOOD TEST FOR DEPRESSION. Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in teenagers by measuring genetic markers. It also diagnoses subtypes of depression, according to a university press release. Find out more.
SENG. The SENGVine newsletter for April is out, featuring articles such as "Writing Tips for the Gifted Students," "Keeping a Healthy Perspective on Stress and Test Anxiety," and -- reprinted from 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter -- "SMPGs: The Heart of SENG." Find the newsletter.
2e BLOG. A mom writes at about life with her twice-exceptional children. A recent post embeds the following analogy, which we're sure other parents in the 2e community will appreciate: "But at this pool, the use of life jackets or any other flotation device is discouraged. In fact, this pool would prefer that only children who can swim well jump into the water. They hope that the kids who need help swimming find a different pool somewhere else." Find the blog.

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