Friday, January 3, 2014

From the Publishers: News, Resources

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our subscribers and friends!

ADHD TREATMENT REVISITED. A New York Times article reflects on a study 20 years ago that concluded medication was more effective (and faster) than behavioral therapy, and almost as effective as a combination of meds and time-consuming, expensive behavioral therapy. The article wonders whether the study did a disservice to children with ADHD, while serving as a boon to Big Pharma. Find the article.

PRAISE AND SELF-ESTEEM. A new study has found that children with low esteem "shrink from new challenges when adults go overboard in praising them" -- in contrast to high-esteem kids, who thrive on that kind of praise, called "inflated praise." The problem: inflated praise might put too much pressure on kids with low self-esteem. Read more.

WORD PROCESSING. Children who process speech and sounds more quickly at the beginning of the school years tend to have better reading and spelling skills in early elementary school, according to a German study. Hearing speed predicted those skills better than factors such as intelligence, working memory, and attention. A blogger at Education Week discusses the study; find it.

"THE GIFT OF A GIFTED TEACHER" is the title of a blog post at The Huffington Post. In the post, the author, a writer of children's non-fiction, recounts a year she had with a particular teacher who gave her "a sustained peak experience." The sixth-grade teacher who was so able to engage his students went on to become a professor of education. Read this account of an exceptional teacher, and imagine what such a teacher can offer to any child, including the twice-exceptional.

GIFTED RESOURCE NEWS has a number of items of interest in it this month. In it, Jo Freitag lists a variety of upcoming events of potential interest to those who raise and teach twice-exceptional children. Her "Interesting Websites" section contains links to sites such as "iPads for Learning," "Crushing Tall Poppies" (on gifted advocacy), and The Gifted Exchange (a counter-argument to Jay Matthews' recent column on gifted ed). Much of the content of the newsletter is Australia-centric, but that's okay; in fact, our favorite piece in the newsletter was a notice about the Summer Holiday Outing to be held at a New South Wales beach on this coming January 8th by the Gifted Families Support Group, urging attendees to bring sunscreen. (The weather forecast for the Chicago area for next Wednesday is a high of 16 degrees Fahrenheit, coming off a low of minus 9.) Find Gifted Resources Newsletter.

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