Monday, June 20, 2016

Resources, Ear Infections and IQ, Exercise and ADHD, More

CENTER FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. Northwestern University's CTD is holding its annual summer family conference this coming Saturday on the university campus from 1 to 5 in the afternoon. In one workshop, titled "Straight A's and Stressed," professor Danielle Black will focus on anxiety. Another workshop will be presented by Kathleen Nilles of NAGC. Find out more.

FLEXSCHOOL, a relatively new school in New Jersey for gifted and 2e students, awarded high school diplomas to its first graduating class. An article describing the event notes how the graduates and their parents were pioneers by enrolling in a new alternative private school. Read more.

CANADIAN RESOURCES. A website called Our Kids offers a guide to gifted schools and programs in Canada, including a listing of schools with gifted programs. Also part of the gide is a section on special needs and gifted learners, needs such as LDs or ASD. Find the resource. (Thanks to our friend Bill D for pointing out this resource to us.)

EAR INFECTIONS, IQ. An article at the site of the Gifted Development Center in the Denver area covers how chronic ear infections can affect IQ scores. An example quoted in the article, based on GDCs testing of two siblings: "The girl, who achieved an IQ score of 185, had never had an ear infection, whereas her brother, who achieved an IQ score of 118, had suffered 32-48 bouts of otitis media." Find the article. Also of note from GDC: its new communications director is a young woman who was assessed by GDC as a child.

EXERCISE, ADHD. Exercise, even a small amount, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in adults, according to a new study. About 6 percent of American adults report symptoms consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which lead to anxiety, depression, low energy and motivation, poor performance at work or school and also increased traffic accidents. Read more.

ASD. Two items popped up over the past few days concerning autism:
  • Forbes describes a new wearable product for kids aimed at monitoring mood and predicting potential oncoming meltdowns. Find the article
  • Researchers at Baylor University demonstrated how modifying gut bacteria in mice that displayed autism-like behaviors could reverse some of the observed behavioral deficits. Mama mice were fed the equivalent of a fast-food diet; their pups had gut bacteria -- a microbiome -- that differed from pups of moms who were fed a normal diet. Altering the microbiome of the fast-food pups normalized much of the pups' behavior. Read more

AND FINALLY, THIS. Remember "Special Ed's" brewery from the news last week and the public reaction the name and some of its marketing language inspired? Apparently the brewery is considering a name change. Read more.

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