ON ADHD. "...people with ADHD may not have a disease, so much as a set of behavioral traits that don’t match the expectations of our contemporary culture." This is from an opinion piece in The New York Times, written by a psychiatrist/professor who offers a different way to look at ADHD and some suggestions for better matching the ADHD person's traits to his/her environment. Find the piece.
CHADD's ANNUAL CONFERENCE is in Chicago this year on November 13-15. Find more information at the organization's website.
PEDIATRICIANS AND ADHD. A study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that pediatricians may not consult the DSM when diagnosing ADHD, may not gather behavior ratings from parents and teachers, and may rely on meds rather than therapy or a combination. Read more at HealthDay.com.
GIFTEDNESS AND DYSLEXIA intersect in the research of Jeffrey Gilger, who has contributed to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. In the current issue of The Examiner from the International Dyslexia Association is a Q&A with Gilger about his work on dynamic visual-spatial thinking in dyslexia; find the article. Find The Examiner.
DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The November issue of this newsletter is out. Among the features are two profiles of creative dyslexics, actor Channing Tatum and artist Michael Allen; and offers of two "card templates" titled "What is Dyslexia?" and "What Is Dysgraphia?" Find the newsletter.
STEM, PRAISE, AND DWECK. At the site of The Atlantic, Carol Dweck is interviewed on "the best way to help kids feel confident enough to stay the STEM course." You already know the basics of Dweck's message; see how she applies it to STEM.
IN AUSTRALIA. Via Jo Freitag's Gifted Resources newsletter we discovered the following events:
- An international conference on giftedness to be held in Brisbane next March 19-21
- A seminar by Carol Barnes titled "Gifted with Learning Disability," scheduled for November 18th in Parramatta, New South Wales.
2015 SENG CONFERENCE. SENG is now accepting presentation proposals for its 2015 conference in Denver, July 24-26. Got an idea? Find out more.
CAN'T MAKE YOUR KIDS SMARTER? That's the contention of a study from Florida State University. Researchers said that parenting behaviors such as reading bedtime stories, conversing, and eating dinners together don't affect kids' IQs. Seems like heresy -- decide for yourself.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents aren't increasing -- at least, not in Canada, where a large study was conducted. Researchers examined data concerning ADHD, aggression, depression and anxiety, and suicidal inclinations. Read more.