Thursday, October 2, 2014

ADHD Awareness, Special Populations, Due Process, and More

IT'S ADHD AWARENESS MONTH -- and ADDitude offers ways you can raise ADHD awareness, as if you weren't already enough aware of it in your home or classroom. Find out more.

'SPECIAL POPULATIONS" has a special meaning in gifted programs, denoting those gifted kids who might be of minorities, profoundly gifted, LGBTQ, or -- twice-exceptional! This year's leader of the Special Populations Network at NAGC is Wendy Leader, who coordinates the Colorado Twice-exceptional Project to train educators in that state about 2e issues. The Special Populations Network has established an award, the "Gifted AND ____" award, to honor individuals who do outstanding work with special populations. Find out more.

SPECIAL POPULATIONS 2. The U.S. Department of Education has announced the award of $3.9 million to partnerships of post-secondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.The new grants will allow these partnerships to take Javits Grant models that have proven effective on a small scale and expand the programs to multiple schools or districts. The awards are targeted at programs aimed at enrolling students that are economically disadvantaged, limited in English language skills or have disabilities. Read more about the grants. (Thanks to Jill K for bringing this to our attention.)

CTY COGITO AWARDS. The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Cogito award up to 10 grants each year to bright middle- and high-school students to conduct STEM research. Also included: pairing with a mentor for "virtual" support. Got a STEM-fascinated young person in your house or classroom? Find out more.

EXERCISE, in yet another of a series of studies announced recently, has been shown to have benefits for cognition and attention. The most recent study was on pre-teens and involved at least 60 minutes of after-school activity. Read more.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has posted two articles on behavior, one titled "How to Make Time-Outs Work" and the other titled "How to Give Kids Effective Instructions." We don't know how it is at your house, but time-outs at our house were never as straightforward as it seemed they should have been -- although maybe we got to the time-out part because we didn't give effective instructions in the first place. Anyway, if your 2e kids behave perfectly, feel free to ignore these articles.

DUE PROCESS HEARINGS are not as frequent as they used to be, according to a report at Disability Scoop. Seems that in 2004-2005 there were over 7,000 nationwide, and only 2,262 in the 2011-2012 school year. Was the decline in hearings because parents experienced fewer issues with the delivery of special ed services? Evidently not. Find the government report itself.

AMERICANS ARE MORE DEPRESSED now than they were in the 1980s, although the change in treatment numbers could be because of lessened stigma. For example, college students evidently are now 50 percent more likely to say they feel overwhelmed. See a write-up of the research. (Adults also were more likely to report that "everything was an effort" -- but parents of 2e kids know what that's like.)

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