Monday, August 10, 2015

Giftedness, ADHD, Twice Exceptionality, More

GROWING OUT OF ADHD. A UK study indicates that children with higher IQs are more likely to be in the group that "grows out" of ADHD. It's of note (to us, anyway) that the researchers were apparently measuring inattention rather than hyperactivity. The researcher wonder if cognitive training and neurofeedback might help kids with ADHD grow out of it. Read more.

GIFTED IN MINNESOTA. If you're a gifted child in Minnesota, you might consider yourself lucky to attend Minnetonka Public School #276 with its Navigator Program. For kids with an IQ of at least 140 the program provides challenge and community. Social/emotional development is also attended to. Read more.

GIFTED IN SOUTH DAKOTA. If you're a gifted child in South Dakota, you might consider yourself lucky to attend the annual one-week Governors Camp for the Gifted. According to one participant in the program, "For one week of the year, gifted children get to live, learn, grow and cry together. For one week a year, gifted children get to be accepted for who they are." The writer thinks the state could do better for its gifted students. Read more.

IRATE PARENT OF GIFTED CHILD writes, "Children who have a disability and are also smart are called twice exceptional, a term that makes me want to punch something." The child in question is five years old, gifted, and legally blind, but cannot get accommodations she has no "developmental delay." Read the story if you like long tales of travail and battles with the school system.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 1,000 GENE MUTATIONS that cause autism. Researchers at the University of North Carolina have now explained how one such mutation can actually disrupt normal brain development and cause symptoms of autism. What's more, a drug exists that could potentially control the maladaptive mechanism present with this particular mutation. Find out more.

DID YOU READ TO YOUR KIDS? Good for you -- MRI scans now prove that such activity has benefits that include better language skills. Kids who are regularly read to have more activity in a brain region that does "semantic processing." Read more.

INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE for mental health issues in children and adolescents boosts the likelihood of a successful treatment outcomes. The combination of care from a mental health care professional along with attention from a pediatrician or primary care physician apparently helps treatment of a wide array of disorders commonly affecting young people. Find out more.

SENGINAR. On August 27th the organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted has scheduled a webinar titled "Tips for Helping Gifted Teens and Kids Cope with Trauma." The presenter is Sharon Barnes. Find out more.

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