Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Javits Grant, ADHD Diagnosis, More

JAVITS GRANT IN FLORIDA. Seminole County Public Schools has received a Javits Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the representation in gifted programs of underrepresented groups. The five-year, $2.4 million grant will "include alternative methods of identifying giftedness," which sounds like it might be of benefit to twice-exceptional students as well as other underrepresented groups. Read more.

EARLY ADHD DIAGNOSIS: VALID? According to Healthday, many -- about a third -- of kids in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD are labeled before the age of six. The problem? Apparently there's a lack of tests to reliably diagnose that early. The HealthDay article describes a government report on the matter. Also mentioned: that psychiatrists are involved in only about one-fourth of those early diagnoses. Find the article. Or, read more directly from the Center for Disease Control.

DEPRESSION: EVIDENCED-BASED THERAPY. Cerebrum republished an article from a couple years ago on whether certain patterns of brain activity can indicate what kind of treatment will be most successful. Find the article.

2e NEWSLETTER WEBSITE. The public area is now updated with articles from the July/August issue. Non-subscribers may read news from the 2e Center for Professional Development, a brief roundup of 2e-friendly private schools (more every year!), news, events, and columns including Dear Dr. Sylvia, Bob Seney on Books, and Parent's Perspective. Go to the website.

ABOUT CHILDREN. We used to enjoy a site called StoryPeople and just rediscovered it, finding this tiny "story": "I hope it will be said we taught them to stand tall & proud, even in the face of history & the future was made new & whole for us all, one child at a time." The site's creativity also lies in the illustrations they provide with each story. See the illustration for this story.

FALL BOOKLET SALE. Through the end of September, non-subscribers to 2e Newsletter may purchase any Spotlight on 2e Series booklet for $11, plus shipping. To take advantage of this offer, go to this special page. (Newsletter subscribers received information about the sale this morning.)

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