Friday, November 28, 2014

Depression, Brain Training, Un-named Twice-exceptionality, More

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE -- depressed, at least for some people, especially those sensitive to the change of seasons. (Readers Down Under can ignore this item.) ADDitude offers tips for dealing with winter depression when ADHD is part of one's neurological mix. And an article at the site of the Child Mind Institute points out that the Thanksgiving holiday can be a good time for parents to check on the mood of their college freshmen, home after being on their own for a few months and maybe showing signs of depression; find the article. The site of Brain & Behavior has a new article titled "New Brain Biomarker Found for Depression Risk in Young Children." A part of the brain called the anterior insula is apparently smaller in volume in kids with predisposition to depression; read more. And three items at Science Daily deal with depression, telling us that:
  • Teens who mature early are at greater risk of depression.
  • When adolescent (animals) consume a diet high in fructose, it can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress. Fructose is a sugar commonly added to foods and beverages.
  • Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety.
So how do you feel after reading all these items on depression?

BRAIN TRAINING. The Child Mind Institute has a new article on its site about computer-based brain training for kids, how it works, and whether it's effective or worth the time and money. Brain training can be used to help kids pay attention, process information faster, remember more, and be "cognitively flexible." If you've been considering it for your child, check out the article.

BRIGHT AND LAZY? Jay Matthews, in the Washington Post, wrote an article titled "For Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities, Homework Can Be Torture," in which he tells of a family's frustration with school because a child who scored in the 99th percentile in math couldn't get into a top math group in class. The reasons? ADHD and executive function issues. Even at a private school, the child couldn't get an accommodation such as less repetitive homework. The article doesn't use the word twice-exceptional, nor is the word in any of the 182 comments on the article (assuming our browser's search function works correctly). 2e, the condition that must not be named.  Find the article.

SPECIAL ED ATTORNEY MATT COHEN, in his November e-newsletter, covers several topics that might be of interest to parents or educators of twice-exceptional students. One item concerns Office of Civil Rights guidance for schools regarding bullying of students with disabilities, which includes 2e students. Another item implies that, in at least one US Circuit Court district, schools have an obligation to disclose RTI data to parents as part of efforts to determine whether a learning disability is present. Find the newsletter.

WRIGHTSLAW, in the current issue of Special Ed Advocate, points out that IEPs are not cast in stone, and that you (parents) can ask to revise an IEP. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. We learn all kinds of things as we look for items for this blog. For example, we just learned that habitual napping is common among first-year university students in Australia, and that such napping "may be used in an attempt to compensate for the detrimental effects of excessive sleepiness." Find out more.

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