Friday, September 21, 2012

EXAM SCHOOLS. An opinion piece in The New York Times addressed "exam schools" -- 165 public high schools that focus exclusively on high-ability, highly motivated students. Whether these schools accommodate twice-exceptional students is unknown to us, but the author recommends exam schools as a way to escape what he calls systemic failure of gifted education in this country. Read more

AD/HD CHALLENGES. About.com provides a favorable review of the book 1000 Best Tips for AD/HD as a resource providing "solutions to some of the most common challenges you may face raising a child with AD/HD." Find out more

DYSLEXIA. Speech perception involves a phonetic system which determines the units of sound and a phonological system which combines those units. Some scientists now think, contrary to conventional wisdom, that the phonetic system may be to blame for dyslexia's problems. Read about a study on this topic. 

SENG eBOOK. The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted is observing its 30th anniversary by releasing a collection of 30 essays on topics such as parenting gifted children, living with the intensity that often accompanies giftedness, counseling and educating gifted individuals, and giftedness in diverse communities and special needs populations. 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter editor Linda Neumann is one of the contributors. Find more information at Amazon

LEAD, MERCURY, AD/HD. They're linked, says an article at WebMD; children exposed to those heavy metals are at higher risk for problems with attention or behavior later on. The finding is based on a study of Inuit children in Quebec who may be exposed to mercury in whale meat and lead from shotgun pellets in geese and ducks. Their levels of lead and mercury were measured at birth; their behavior was assessed by teachers when the kids were between 8 and 14. Read more.  

ADDITUDE's online newsletter features an article on how children may be diagnosed with depression after receiving a diagnosis of AD/HD and another article on how to "supercharge your AD/HD student's listening skills." Find the newsletter

'TIS THE SEASON -- for Destination Imagination, we're informed. The season runs from September to May. It's an after school program that encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Find out more.

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