Friday, May 20, 2016

Giftedness, ADHD, Parenting Resource, and More

JOE RENZULLI posted on May 11 a YouTube video titled "What Is Giftedness?" In it, he explains his stance that giftedness is not just IQ, but that it combines above-average ability (and not just academic abilities), task commitment (motivation or grit), and creativity. This is his "three-ring conception of giftedness." If you're not familiar with it, perhaps check out the video.

LATE-ONSET ADHD refers to those young people who at age 18 have a diagnosis of ADHD but who did not meet the criteria for a diagnosis in childhood. Late onset might comprise more than two-thirds of the extant diagnoses at age 18, according to a study. Read more.

NEW 2e RESOURCE. A new resource for the parents of "differently-wired kids" is available at On the site are podcasts, a manifesto for "shifting the parenting paradigm" to embrace "new normal," and a "TiLT Creed." The site says: "One of TiLT creator Debbie Reber’s biggest challenges in figuring out how to navigate the path of meeting her twice-exceptional son’s needs was feeling isolated and disconnected. In creating TiLT, her dream is that no parent walking this unmarked path will ever feel alone again." Find the site. (Thanks to The Freep for pointing us to this.)

DEBUNKING GRIT. A soon-to-be published study "found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success," according to a write-up of that study. The researcher says, “If you’re going to spend money on something, you need to figure out what really matters and if it is something we can shift. I think grit really fails in both of those. We know from other meta-analyses that variables such as adjustment, study habits and skills, test anxiety, and class attendance are far more strongly related to performance than grit." Find the write-up.

AUTISM CLASSIFICATION TOOL. A newly-developed tool from McMaster's University aims to help clinicians, academics, educators, and others by providing a classification tool for the way in which children with autism are able to communicate with others. The tool, for example, characterizes how someone with high-functioning autism is able to communicate. Read more, or find the tool.

2e, THE MOVIE. FlexSchool in New Haven, Connecticut, has scheduled two screenings of the award-winning independent film "2e: Twice Exceptional" on Thursday, June 2nd, one at 3:30 p.m. and another at 6:00 p.m., at the New Haven Public Library, 133 State Street. Panel discussions will follow the screenings. RSVP to Susan Hemingway, 203-464-4222, or

OTHER RESEARCH publicized this week:
  • Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers. Find the write-up
  • The importance of friendships and family support in helping prevent depression among teenagers is highlighted in research from the University of Cambridge. Find the write-up
  • A Finnish study examines the amount of support from educational, social and health sectors to families in which ADHD is present, as well as the co-operation between the supporting bodies. Find the write-up
  • Sleep assessments in young children showed that, in the context of habitual snoring and enlarged tonsils and adenoids, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea increased the likelihood and magnitude of cognitive deficits. These deficits include, but are not limited to, problems with attention, memory and language. Find the write-up

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