Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Items about All the Usual Suspects

AN ADHD PRIMER, from Dr. Ned Hallowell, courtesy of The Washington Post. Valerie Strauss of The Post presented a list of questions about ADHD to Dr. Hallowell, whom she calls "one of the country's foremost experts on ADHD." His answers comprise, in effect, a primer on the who, what, and why of ADHD. One of Hallowell's first statements in the article: "...it is not a deficit of attention but rather a wandering of attention, and it is not a disorder in my opinion but rather a trait..." Find the article.

ADHD SYMPTOM PERSISTENCE. Sometimes ADHD symptoms decrease as children grow older, sometimes they don't. A study indicates that one factor affecting the duration of symptoms might be under control of parents -- "persistent parental criticism." Find out more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. This non-profit organization's newsletter for February is out. It consists of all kinds of features likely to be of interest to those concerned with dyslexia, 30 pages in all, presented in an engaging, interactive format. Among the highlights: the Karen Eide Scholarship deadline is March 1st; this year the program will award 16 scholarship. Also in the issue: ADA guidelines, teacher resources, personal profiles, and more. Find the issue.

MORE ON DYSLEXIA. So there's this kid in New Mexico. He's eight years old. He has written a book (you can buy it on Amazon) titled How Relative is Relativity, about quantum physics. And he has been recognized in the state capitol for his accomplishments and for being twice exceptional -- because not only is he gifted, he has dyslexia. His next project is a novel about a girl who is twice exceptional. Read more.

ANXIETY "is poorly recognized [and] treated in children," goes the title of an article in Family Practice News. In reportage of a presentation held under the auspices of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (whose "News Clips" newsletter pointed us to this article), a psychiatrist is quoted as saying, "Pediatricians have an ASD... toolkit, they have an ADHD toolkit, and they now have a postpartum depression toolkit for moms, but they do not have an anxiety tool kit.” The psychiatrist, Dr. John Walkup, notes that anxiety is often confused with ADHD or ASD, but that both SSRIs and CBT (
cognitive behavioral therapy) -- or the combination -- can be effective. Find the article.

MORE ON ANXIETY. Evidently CBT can cause structural changes in the brain when it's used to treat social anxiety disorder. The volume of our old friend the amygdala decreases as anxiety decreases. Read more.

DEPRESSION. So far in this post we've touched on several of the bugaboos of twice exceptionality, so let's go one further. In an article in the "Well" section of The New York Times, a male writer addresses the topic of guys and depression -- and in particular, opening up about depression if you're a guy. If you raise or teach a young man who might be depressed, this article could be of interest to you; find it.

EARLY TO BED, RAISE THE GPA. A Norwegian study indicates that adolescents who go to bed between 10 and 11 p.m. get better grades than those who get less sleep. Is bed-time an issue in your house? Find out more.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is scheduled to be shown on February 20th by the Beth Sholom Congregation in the Washington, D.C., area. Find out more.

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