Thursday, April 10, 2014

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

GIFTS, GRADES, GROWTH MINDSET. A teacher blogs about a "brilliant thinker" in her class, a young man who often suffers meltdowns because of the gap between a "growth mindset" and a grade, a "number that define[s] who are students are." The fixed mindset that students may feel from teachers and parents gives the wrong message, says the blogger. "We must focus on the process." Find the blog.

HOW TO TAKE KIDS OFF MEDS is the topic of an article at the site of the Child Mind Institute. The article covers reasons to take a child off meds; things to keep in mind in making your decision; and what to expect during the transition period. Read the article. Separately, the Child Mind Institute is offering three goal-oriented summer programs -- one directed at writing abilities, one for selective mutism, and one dealing with anxiety. Find out more.

DISORDER AND THE PRENATAL BRAIN. Researchers have created a map of the fetal brain in mid-pregnancy that indicates where genes are on or off in specific parts of the brain. One finding: disorders might have their origins very early in development. It also points researchers to certain parts of the brain for given disorders. Read more.

OCD FOR EVERYONE? People who check whether their hands are clean or imagine their house might be on fire are not alone. New global research shows that 94 percent of people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and/or impulses. The study examined people on six continents, and found that the thoughts, images and impulses symptomatic of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are widespread, according to a study reported in Science Daily. Find the write-up. (Note: We offer this item not to downplay the seriousness of the symptoms that sometimes hinder twice-exceptional children, but to suggest that the findings mean that OCD is perhaps a spectrum disorder.)

ANTIDEPRESSANT: SNIFFING SPECIAL K? Researchers have published what they say is the first controlled evidence showing that an intranasal ketamine (street name: "special K") spray conferred an unusually rapid antidepressant effect -- within 24 hours -- and was well tolerated in patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. About half of patients treated showed improvement. Ketamine proved safe with minimal dissociative effects or changes in hemodynamic dimensions. Read a press release about the study.

BEING GIFTED IS NOT A GIFT -- that's the assertion of DutchAlien, the pen name of the mom in a highly gifted family that moved from the Netherlands to the U.S. a year ago. She laments on the burdens of being highly gifted in an "average" world, both for her and for her children -- especially as "aliens" in their new world. She also makes an interesting international comparison about expenses for summer camps and colleges costs here and in the Netherlands. Find the article.

CAMP SUMMIT, in northern California, is now accepting registrants for its summer program that runs from June 22-28. Located in the Marin Headlands, the camp is billed as being for the "gifted, talented, and creative" -- but is also known for being 2e-friendly. Find out more.

WEINFELD EDUCATION GROUP. The Weinfeld Education Group has appointed Dr. Christine Golden to be Director of Assessment and Behavioral Services. According to the organization, Dr. Golden will personally conduct intakes to match potential clients with appropriate providers and services, manage all aspects of the assessment and behavioral services division, and continue to provide assessments herself. She will oversee WEG's 16 neuropsychologists and psychologists. Read more.

BELIN-BLANK CENTER RESOURCE. A 54-page book titled Packet of Information for Professionals: The Paradox of Twice-exceptionality, by Susan Assouline and other authors, is available free of charge at iTunes. Note that the book as downloaded from iTunes requires an iPad or Mac plus iBooks. Find out more. (The book is also available as a PDF; find it.)

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