Monday, September 21, 2015

Resources, Follow-ups, and Items that Disturb

ON A SHOESTRING. We deeply appreciate the support of our readers in snazzy Zip codes, and we also appreciate that some families have less resources than others. There's a "blog hop" at the site of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum titled "Parenting Gifted/2e Kids on a Shoestring." Represented in the blog hop are 11 writers offering their tips for parents. Find the blog hop. (And from Danny and the Juniors: "Well, you can swing it you can groove it/You can really start to move it at the hop...")

FOLLOW-UP. We wrote about a study indicating that not all ADHD diagnoses are performed in accordance with guidelines issued by the American Pediatrics Association. The Boston Globe has a follow-up article for those interested in the discussion, suggesting that we could also look at the study results from a more positive point of view; find it. And for those of you who want to test yourselves on your knowledge of ADHD signs and symptoms, Medscape offers a quiz at its website.

ANOTHER FOLLOW-UP. We mentioned last week the young man in Texas who was handcuffed and interrogated by police after he brought a homemade digital clock to school and teachers confused it with a bomb. A writer in the Dallas News used that incident to point out the need for special services to gifted kids, and how those gifted kids might have trouble fitting in. Read the article. Separately, another piece highlighted a school's reaction to an 11-year-old (and supposedly gifted) student in whose backpack the assistant principal found a lighter and a marijuana-looking leaf (in reality from a maple tree), both possibly planted there by classmates. The reaction: suspension from school for a year. Read more.

AUTISM AND VACCINES, back in the news. Yep, anyone who watched or read about last week's presidential candidate debate probably heard that the topic had been raised. Disability Scoop reacted; so did The Washington Post.

DYSLEXIA AND THE ADA. The Dyslexic Advantage blog highlights five "must-know facts" about dyslexia and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facts cover testing/retesting for dyslexia, protections in taking exams, and more. Find the facts.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's September eNewsletter is out, featuring information about scholarships, resources, legislation/policy, and much more. Find the newsletter.

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