Thursday, May 12, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg, a 2e Blog Hop, Grit, and More

WHOOPI GOLDBERG, who has dyslexia, was featured at the 13th annual Adam Katz Memorial Conversation held by the Child Mind Institute recently. According to the institute, "Goldberg sat down with Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, to talk about the challenge of growing up with dyslexia, and how she thinks it may have helped make her the person she is today." Read more and watch the conversation.

THE GIFTED HOMESCHOOLERS FORUM has "blog hops," and one features twice-exceptional kids, more specifically "what makes them twice-exceptional." Included are entries from 12 blogs on the topic. Find the blog hop.

GRIT. An influential book titled Grit elicits thoughts from Scott Barry Kaufman, who is a colleague of the book's author, Angela Duckworth. Kaufman says, "Grit is a good reminder that an exclusive focus on ability and potential can distract us from the importance of other variables important for success." He also takes issue with the way the media has framed "grit." If this topic interests you, check out Kaufman's comments at Scientific American.

CONNECTICUT 2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL. We've learned about the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, in Branford, Connecticut. Its founder says, "CELC is a small middle school that provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. While we work with a range of learning styles, CELC's small size and personalized approach, in combination with the engaging curriculum, offers a lot to twice-exceptional students." Find out more.

INSIGHT INTO DEPRESSION. It's not just sadness, writes a contributor to a blog published by the Harvard Medical School. He says, "...depression can actually change your ability to think. It can impair your attention and memory, as well as your information processing and decision-making skills. It can also lower your cognitive flexibility (the ability to adapt your goals and strategies to changing situations) and executive functioning." All this is something to keep in mind if that 2e kiddo you raise is touched by depression. Read more.

ABOUT ADHD. Several studies recently focused on various aspects of ADHD.
  • One study found that the brains of kids with ADHD were significantly different than kids without ADHD; find the study write-up
  • Another study suggests that teens with ADHD have treatment needs different than younger children; find the write-up
  • And a third study indicates that kids with ADHD "engage in fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors," and notes that "healthy lifestyle behaviors may be an effective intervention either alongside or in the place of traditional ADHD medications.” Find the write-up

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, has an upcoming screening in Chantilly, Virginia, on May 17. The free screening is to be held at Auburn School, 3800 Concorde Parkway/Suite 500, at 7:30 p.m. This screening will be presented by Julie F. Skolnick M.A., J.D., of With Understanding Comes Calm and followed by a Q&A. RSVP to Michelle Ivey.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Need to improve your working memory? Take a run -- barefoot. Yup, that's the conclusion of a study from the University of North Florida. Read it to believe it.

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