Friday, March 20, 2015

2e Myths, Brain Scans, Medical Education for All, and More

2e LEARNERS is the name of a website for parents and educators in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. The organizer of the site has posted a number of articles recently that are of interest to the 2e community in general, not just to those crabcake-loving Easterners. For example, education consultant Mike Postma wrote on myths connected with twice-exceptional students; find his article. And Elizabeth Bodnar, Ph.D., wrote about testing and assessment specific to twice-exceptional students; find her article. And early on in the website's existence, way last year, GT/LD advocate Ken Dickson (from Baltimore) was profiled; find it.

25 YEARS OF BRAIN SCANS are the subject of a study published recently in the journal Neuropsychopharmachology (whew!), with several notable findings. First, scans 
evidently cannot as yet be used for diagnosis. That said, the scans revealed that in children with ADHD several brain structures are smaller, and that certain developmental processes (eg, cortical thinning/pruning) occurs later than in typically developing children. And the brain structure and development of children with childhood-onset schizophrenia also showed "dramatic" differences compared to typically developing children. Read more.

WEBINAR TODAY. Understood offers a webinar today (Friday) titled "Tips to Help Kids with Sensory Processing Issues." To be presented by Amanda Morin, the event is scheduled at 3pm ET. Find out more.

MEDS IN COLLEGE. If you have a child taking meds for ADHD or some other "e," chances are he or she might still be taking those meds in college -- without oversight. An article at the site of the Child Mind Institute offers advice for helping your child learn how to manage meds independently. Find the article.

BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS include higher adult IQ and earning ability. There's not much you can do now for that 5- or 10- or 15-year-old, but that's what a newly published study tells us, at any rate. Find out more. Separately, another study of happenings slightly later than infancy shows that dad's mood -- as well as mom's -- can affect the behavior of toddlers. The study author notes, "New father should be screened and treated for post-partum depression, just as we do for mothers." Read more at HealthDay. Still a little later in a child's life span -- and also from HealthDay -- a study of the diets of kids 2-11 indicates that bad diets early can presage health problems later on, as adults. Find out more.

KATHERINE ELLISON. The author of Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention has lots of feature articles posted at the site of ADDitude. Find them.

FROM THE UNIVERSITIES. Today we encountered a string of press releases from universities on items of possible interest to parents and educators of twice-exceptional children.
  • A Penn State "Medical Minute" gives a refresher on the use of the ever-popular time-out technique, telling when other techniques might be used first to good effect. Find it
  • Northwestern University's Family Institute is offering a North Shore event on April 10th titled "Straight A's and Stressed: Navigating Childhood, Teen, and Young Adult Anxiety." Find out more
  • The University of Louisville has launched a free, open-access medical education series. Using lectures and grand rounds, the series was inspired by open source and open content trends on the Internet. “Our goal is to teach the world medicine," says one of the program's leaders. Read more. (Chances are a lecture on "Emergency Stroke Care" won't help you much with your 2e child, but there is a lecture on "Mood Disorders" and another on "Psychiatry" at the YouTube channel for this program.)

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