Monday, October 6, 2014

Mental Illness, 2e Resources, Seminar in Australia, More

IT'S MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK in the U.S., October 5th through the 11th. And before you rush on to the next item, consider that the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), sponsor of the week, puts the following conditions under its list of illnesses: anxiety disorders, ASD, ADHD, depression, OCD, and Tourette's. So perhaps consider doing something to raise awareness of a condition that's personal to your family; the NAMI awareness week page has suggestions for how.

UNDERSTOOD is a new website launched by a coalition of sponsors to provide resources in the area of attention and learning issues. One feature is a "parent toolkit" with a variety of advice and tools. One tool suggests apps and games for your child depending on the child's issue and age; another provides personalized advice and interactive tools based on profile information you enter. Check out Understood.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. This organization's October newsletter is out, highlighting new YouTube videos on dyslexia, October webinars, the Karnia Eide Awards, and more. Find the newsletter. Or go to the Dyslexic Advantage website.

TED TALKS. We found a couple interesting TED talks about the brain recently. One is titled "A Neural Portrait of the Human Mind," and the presenter tells how her lab has pin-pointed certain functional areas in the brain -- one that is vital in recognizing faces, for example. She also give a lesson in scientific method along the way. Watch it (or read the transcript, but the visuals are important). A second presentation is titled "The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain," and it has to do with the pre-frontal cortex, decision-making, and maturity. If you've got a teen, you'll probably appreciate the talk. Find it.

2e SEMINAR IN AUSTRALIA. On October 7, in Deakin, ACT, Carol Barnes presents "Awesome at Thinking, Awful at Homework," a free seminar 
on twice exceptionality for parents and educators. Find out more.

JIM DELISLE, retired professor of education and author, has done a guest blog on Terry Bradley's website. It's titled "No, Not Everyone Is Gifted." In it, Delisle takes on Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 hours rule." Find the blog. Bradley is a gifted education consultant who is active in the gifted and 2e community and is president-elect of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented.

P SUSAN JACKSON, psychologist and counselor to very highly gifted kids and their families, has announced the premier of her institute's film "RISE: The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted." Find out more on her Facebook page. Jackson says she might show the film while she is at NAGC next month.

AND FINALLY, THIS, thanks to TheFreep. The Onion takes on the issues of standardized curriculum and teaching to the test, noting how students are reportedly relieved at not being obligated "to excel as unique individuals." Read the report.

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