Monday, November 24, 2014

ADHD, Homeschooling, ASD, and Winnie the Pooh

SHARPBRAINS.COM, in its November 24th Update, provides lots of articles that might be of interest to those in the 2e community, including pieces on whether cognitive therapy should be the first-line treatment for depression; whether there's a link between ADHD and creativity; mindfulness in education; and ADHD in high school. (For those of us who are older, there's also a piece on vitamin B12 and dementia (maybe no benefits).) Find the Update.

HOW AUTISM FREED ME to be myself is the title of a TED talk by a 16-year-old young woman, who tries to dispel stereotypes and celebrate uniqueness. (She has two siblings with autism who are non-verbal.) She calls autism an ability, not a disability. See the talk or read the transcript.

BLOGS. At the site of SENG, Amy Golden Harrington reviews three blogs with a 2e connection. One is by a 2e adult; another is on OEs and homeschooling; and another is from a mom of two gifted, intense, rivalrous, homeschooled boys. Find the reviews.

EXPLAINING OUR KIDS TO OTHERS is usually a challenge for the parent of a twice-exceptional child. Maintaining composure while hearing others react to our situations can also be a challenge. At, read 21 comments by others that readers submitted, top picks in the category of "hurtful things said by people who just don't understand." Find the comments.

FOLLOW-UP. The article "One Drug or Two" in The New York Times, which we mentioned last week, generated a good deal of response by well-credentialed readers of The Times. Find that feedback. (Find the original article.)

UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPTS? If you have a few minutes to be confused, or indignant, or dismayed, check out two recent columns in venerable Parade Magazine. In one column, the columnist responds to a parent complaining that he/she is homeschooling a gifted child because the child wouldn't get the attention he needs in public school. In the other, a follow-on, the columnist responds to a parent asserting that gifted kids might be "special needs" in social areas.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Winnie the Pooh was reportedly nixed as the mascot for a town playground because he is inappropriately dressed and of dubious sexuality. Reporting on the town's decision, NBC News said, "Sure, Winnie is a honey junkie who spends most of his time with a chronically depressed donkey and a suspiciously energetic tiger, and if you don't want your kids hanging with that sort of crew, then fine. But if you don't want Winnie at playgrounds because he doesn't wear pants and has no external genitalia, you're living in the past, my friend." Read more.

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