Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SENG, ADHD, Imposter Syndrome, More

SENG has issued its monthly newsletter, with three items to pay attention to. First, the organization has extended until June 10 the early-bird deadline for its July annual conference. Second, SENG has scheduled a SENGinar for June 8th titled "The Heart of the Gifted Underachiever," a topic often dear to the hearts and minds of parents and educators of the twice exceptional; find out more. And third, an article in the newsletter offers advice to parents called "A Prescription for a Perfect Summer," with tips on getting gifted and 2e kids engaged, assessing their interests, and then acting based on those interests; find the article.

ADHD CAUSES: 1. A new twins study estimates that "about 68 percent of the individual difference in susceptibility to ADHD was due to genetic factors." This contradicts a suggestion from three years ago based on the differences in the way French doctors and U.S. doctors treated ADHD, with the French treating the disorder as environmentally caused. Read the write-up of the new study.

ADHD CAUSES: 2. Also new this week, a study links a commonly used household pesticide with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and young teens. The study found an association between pyrethroid pesticide exposure and ADHD, particularly in terms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. The association was stronger in boys than in girls. This begs the question, do environmental triggers like the pesticide depend on a pre-existing genetic susceptibility? Find this write-up.

AUTISM RATES: NO CHANGE? A Swedish group things that it's the diagnosis rates that are rising, not the actual rate of incidence of ASD itself. The group bases the conclusion on comprehensive health records available in that country. Read more.

NERD TURNED ACTRESS FELT IMPOSTER SYNDROME. She felt she didn't belong at Harvard, that she wouldn't be able to meet the standards. That's what Oscar-winning Natalie Portman reveals in a Class Day address at Harvard, according to an article in The Washington Post. Find the article.

NON-ACADEMIC SKILLS are something we've been reading and writing about lately -- grit... soft skills... 21st century skills. What to call them is the subject of a piece at NPR.org. Find it.

GOT A BRIGHT STEM GIRL who needs inspiration? A playlist of "11 TED talks by brilliant women in STEM" might provide that. Topics range from astrophysics to computers to robotics to much more. Find the list.

TRANSITION TO COLLEGE. That's what's coming up for any 2e junior or senior in high school. Just a reminder that one of our YouTube videos is titled "Coaching the 2e Child for the Transition to College." Find it.

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