Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BOOSTING IQ. Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence, according to researchers, who have also built a Database of Raising Intelligence. Omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy and after birth contributed to a 3.5 point boost; interactive reading contributed 6 points, and preschools could add 4 to 7 points. Find out more

LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA. An article in The New York Times on that topic was interesting in its own right for the story it told: about  a woman who, after diagnosis, was told she would never live independently or hold anything but a menial job; she is currently a chaired professor and the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant." But later in the first-person article, the professor covers points that can apply to twice-exceptional people as well -- how successful people with schizophrenia have techniques to keep their disorder at bay; how work is important; and, the point that struck us most, how looking for individual strengths is important. Find the article

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. A video currently on CMI's site covers the topic of children's mental health and pediatricians. While pediatricians may be the first to be consulted, the video asks whether they're properly trained to deal with these problems. Find the video

AD/HD AND SLEEP. Got a kid who has trouble falling asleep? An article at describes differences in sleep patterns between typical and AD/HD kids and suggests appropriate activities leading up to bed-time. Read more

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's eNews-Update newsletter is out for January, and includes information about summer programs (including residential) for gifted kids. It's never to early to think about summer camp! Find the newsletter.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Got clutter? A University of California web TV series, "A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance," follows a team of UCLA anthropologists into the stuffed-to-capacity homes of dual-income, middle-class American families in order to truly understand the clutter that fills them. The short, three-part series is available for free online viewing at and the UCTV Prime YouTube channel at

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