Friday, February 5, 2016

Depression, Dyslexia, Homeschooling, and Bill Gates

DISRUPTIVE AND CHALLENGING AUTHORITY. That's what this person did at age 12, and his parents sent him to a psychologist for pushing back and questioning the logic of their rules. Turns out this kid was Bill Gates. Read more. And this is interesting because it follows up on an item in our last blog posting about raising creative kids, which pointed out that truly creative kids can be difficult, not "sheep."

"ARIZONA IDOL" -- actually two education idols -- were honored by having a school named for them. The idols of school founder Dana Sempil Herzberg inspired her to rename her school for diverse learners, including those who are twice-exceptional. So the On-Track Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, is now called the Jones-Gordon School. Read more.

HR 3033, the READ Act, has passed the U.S. House and Senate and will be sent to the President. The bill's full title: "To require the President's annual budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct research on dyslexia." Sounds like a worthwhile bill; it's given 30 percent chance of enactment. Find the text of the bill.

DEPRESSION is in the news this week:
  • Many depressed teenagers don't get follow-up treatment after diagnosis with depression, according to a study. Read more
  • Ketamine may get support soon from the American Psychiatric Association for use in treatment-resistant depression. Find out more
  • Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS. Read a press release
  • Johnson & Johnson has a drug in clinical trials that seeks to treat depression by reducing inflammation in the body. Read more
  • And if you still want to find out more, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is sponsoring a "Meet the Scientist" webinar called "Early Emergence of Depression: Understanding Risk Factors and Treatment" on February 9th. Learn more
LDs, DISCIPLINE. Julie Skolnick has written an article about disciplining kids with learning differences, covering strategies, creation of a personal connection, anticipation of behavior, and more. Find the article.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Jen the Blogger tells all in "What I've Learned from Four Years of Reluctantly Homeschooling a Twice-exceptional Kid." Well, not all -- but a list of 10 things learned from her experience. Find the blog.

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