Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cool Writing about 2e, 2e and Human Rights, and More

2e ESSAY. A writer who crafts poetry, fiction, and essays has a piece at the site of ADDitude, where she describes how she -- like most parents of kids with challenges -- was torn between wanting to help and letting her 2e son learn on his own to "keep his head above water." It's a familiar theme and story for those of us in the 2e community, but we'll bet you haven't heard the story told as engagingly. Find the essay.

SAY YOU'RE GIFTED, and that you have such a "case" of dyslexia that it's impossible for you to learn a foreign language, and that in your own words, "English as a language in itself was incredibly difficult." Then say you apply for a master's program in the area of political science which has a requirement for one course in French. (Say you're living in Canada.) And say your application is not accepted because you can't take that French course. What do you do? In the case of Canadian James Lewicki, you file a complaint with the provincial Human Rights Tribunal. Read more about the university's position and what human rights advocates say about the case.

IN SOUTH AFRICA, where it's Depression Awareness Week, the site of Times Live has a short piece titled "Depression the curse of gifted kids." Find it.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This organization has posted a new article on its site advising parents on what a diagnosis of autism should consist of, the types of information a clinician should consider, and how to tell if the clinician is following best practices. Find the article.

NEUROSCIENCE SUMMER INSTITUTES. Neurologist/educator/presenter Judy Willis is giving two one-week sessions this summer on topics of interest to many in the 2e community. Held under the auspices of Learning and the Brain, one institute is titled "Neuroscience and Classroom Engagement"; the other is titled "Neuroscience and Executive Skills." Both are scheduled for Santa Barbara, California in July. Find out more about these and other Learning and the Brain summer institutes.

BELIN-BLANK CENTER. This organization's latest "Vision" e-newsletter is out, containing a message from Director Susan Assouline, a pointer to a resource for educators on creativity, information about Iowa-specific resources and programs for the gifted, and more. Find the newsletter. (The full name of the Belin-Blank Center is The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa, and it has a variety of missions in terms of serving gifted and twice-exceptional young people.)

RESEARCH. A quick wrap-up of some of the research that was in the news this week:
  • Researchers from the University of Florida have found no evidence that children taking atomoxetine for ADHD are at increased risk of suicidal ideation; read more
  • A new study shows the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for five major psychiatric diseases, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression. The study also shows a compound currently being developed for use in humans may have therapeutic value for these diseases by preventing the cells from dying. Read more
  • Children with vision problems not correctable with glasses or contact lenses may be twice as likely to have a diagnosis of ADHD, suggests a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Find the study write-up
  • And regarding the question of whether neurofeedback works for ADHD, The New England Journal of Medicine "JournalWatch" tells us only this from a digest of recent findings in pediatric and adolescent medicine: "A meta-analysis shows no significant effects in studies using blinded raters or in those with sham or active control treatments." (You could read more but you'd have to pay.) 

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