Friday, February 7, 2014

NOT MUCH "NEWS" in today's blog, but interesting items nonetheless...

YOUR 2e TV. We've posted the second video on our YouTube Channel, Your2eTV. This video presents Matthew Wanzenberg, PhD, on the topic of the transition to college for twice-exceptional high schoolers. His perspective is that of "coach" -- one who can facilitate the transition. He explains how the process works, what a coach needs from parents and student, and what a successful transition looks like. Find the video.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has on its site an FAQ article about sensory processing issues -- what SPD is, how it's treated, why it's controversial, and more. (SPD is difficulty accepting input through seven senses.) The article also has pointers to other articles on the topic. Find the article.

NCLD AND SCHOOLS. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has asked parents to provide reviews of schools in order to create a guide to the best schools for kids with LDs and attention issues. If you can contribute, please do so -- such a guide would likely be of assistance to parents in the 2e community because of the help it would provide in addressing at least half of the 2e equation. Find out more.

2e WEBINAR. As part of its Webinars on Wednesdays series, NAGC is presenting an April program titled "A Twice-exceptional Discussion to Help Teachers and Parents Better Advocate for Services." Scheduled to present are Megan Foley Nicpon of the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa, and psychologist Dan Peters, co-founder of the Summit Center in California. Both speakers have contributed to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter and are frequent presenters at conferences around the country. The webinar is free to NAGC members, $59 to others. Find out more.

THE JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION has opened the 2014 application process for its Young Scholars Program. The program is committed to advancing educational opportunities for high-achieving, low-income students, according to the organization. The Foundation seeks 7th graders from low- to moderate-income families from across the nation who stand out in their schools for their high academic ability and achievement, persistence, and desire to help others. Young Scholars come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as from rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout the United States. They are typically in the top one percent of their class academically, with family incomes averaging $25,000 per year. This year the Foundation will select approximately 60 students. The deadline for the first phase of the application process is March 20, 2014. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. The game Dungeons and Dragons is apparently 40 years old. A blogger at Psychology Today notes the anniversary, discussing the game's appeal. We know from personal observation that the game can have great attraction to twice-exceptional young people of different "stripes," and the blogger explains why: "On the one hand, the 'left-brained' folk — those logical, number-crunching, outcomes and probability-obsessed — love D&D's charts and dice. But the 'right-brained' creative types love the game's open-ended dreaminess and escapism. The game really hit the sweet spot between these two styles of nerdery." The blogger also riffs on the benefits of the game, including the way it can build improvisation skills and social skills. Read the blog.

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