TEEN DEPRESSION may go away without treatment, according to a team of researchers who found that to be true in about half of such cases. Two things seemed to predict improvement without treatment -- the severity of the depression and whether the symptoms lasted six weeks. Read more on this topic of interest to the parents of twice-exceptional children.
GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The Winter issue of this newsletter is out, and in one article in it Jim Delisle writes that he is "disturbed" by NAGC's most recent (2011) definition of giftedness -- and disturbed on five counts, which he enumerates and explains in this article. Of the article and Delisle's views, GEPQ publisher Maurice Fisher says, "I agree with Jim’s assessment of this convoluted definition, and believe it is destructive to the gifted education field." Find GEPQ and the article. Find the article on Hoagies' website.
ADDITUDE this week offers advice about tics/twitching in AD/HD kids being treated with stimulant meds, and also previews two free webinars this week:
- Tools to Help Your AD/HD Child in School
- Getting School Accommodations wiwth AD/HD
TED-ED VIDEOS. The organizers of TED, a non-profit devoted to "ideas worth spreading," have collected a few videos on education at YouTube on topics such as "The Beauty of Algebra," Einstein and the Special Theory of Relativity," and more. TED presentations are by engaging, respected presenters. Find the TED-Ed videos.
TALENT ACT. An individual has started a petition at whitehouse.gov to encourage the federal government to pass the TALENT act and better support gifted education. If you're a believer, find the petition. As of today, the petition has 1,022 signatures out of the 25,000 required for the government to consider the petition.