Friday, December 12, 2014

2e & Reading, Depression, NVLD, More

A NICE PORTRAIT of a twice-exceptional middle-schooler is presented at Reading Today Online. A piece written by an expert in reading and dyslexia shows how much effort it takes for the student to appear average or above average -- and how parents or teachers can spot at least one indicator of reading problems. Also in the article, a list of assistive technology accommodations for such readers. Find the article.

DEPRESSION. Two new potential treatments for depression, one scourge for the twice-exceptional, are laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and ketamine ("special K"). We've blogged about ketamine before, how it seems to help some people for whom usual antidepressants don't work. A new article in The New York Times points out some concerns about this use. And a new study reported at indicates that nitrous oxide can also be effective in providing fast relief for treatment-resistant depression.

NON-VERBAL LEARNING DISORDERS are the topic of a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute. These disorders, according to the article concern "All the stuff that involves understanding information—relationships, concepts, ideas, patterns." The article, the first in a series, describes five types of NVLD and how to spot them. Find the article.

GRANDIN AT BRIDGES. Bridges Academy, a preparatory school for the twice-exceptional, is presenting an event titled "A Morning with Temple Grandin" on January 16th in Pasadena, California. Find out more.

SENG offers information about current and upcoming training and education opportunities, including a webinar on January 15th titled "Eleven Key Parenting Issues" with psychologist James Webb. Find out more.

ADDITUDE, on its site, has a slide-show identifying six types of anxiety and the treatment for each. Examples: phobia, social anxiety, panic attacks, and more. Find the slide-show.

EDUCATION WEEK WEBINAR. Education Week hosted a webinar on personalized learning on December 11th, the content of which will be available online shortly. From the event blurb: "This webinar will examine what a growing number of school and technology advocates have identified as the core elements of personalized learning." Find out more, including how to access the transcript.

SOMETHING ELSE TO WORRY ABOUT. Some common household chemicals -- phthalates -- can apparently lower IQ in children by more that six points when the children are exposed to the chemicals in utero. If you're expecting -- or expecting to expect -- or just irate -- find out what to avoid

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