Monday, October 3, 2016

IDEA and FAPE, Hypertension and Cognition, ADHD, and More

SCOTUS, IDEA, AND FAPE. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case where the issue is how much of an educational benefit schools must confer for students protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. What is a free and appropriate public education for these students? The case was filed in Colorado by the parents of a boy with ASD who had pulled their son from public school, placed him in a private school, and sought reimbursement from the public school district. In spite of defeats in the hearing process, district court, and the court of appeals, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, possibly to resolve differing standards across the U.S. Find more at Disability Scoop; at Education Week; or in the Denver Post. This will be a big deal for the 2e community, as for all students covered by IDEA.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN KIDS. Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, has increased significantly in children, paralleling the current childhood obesity epidemic. Researchers have now found that hypertension is associated with cognitive issues in children and adolescents. Read a study write-up; read more in The New York Times.

THE CHANGING FACE OF ADHD. Is it bad behavior? Should kids with ADHD be stigmatized? How should it be treated? What effect do different learning styles play? An article at "LifeZette" covers recent history and current thinking on the condition, from what looks like a perspective that prefers to avoid meds. Find the article.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE. Julie Skolnick shares lots of resources in her most recent newsletter, including blogs, articles, event coverage, a book review, and some upcoming events in the Washington, DC, area. Find the newsletter.

PERSPECTIVE ON ACCELERATION. If your kiddo could use acceleration but doesn't get it, you might be interested in a psychologist blogger's interpretation of the reasons why it's not more available. "Elitism" is one reason. Find the blog.

UNDERSTOOD. Don't forget that this organization offers a Tech Finder listing "expert-approved apps and games" for kids with learning and attention issues. Find it.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP. The organization Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy (TECA) offers, among other resources, online parent support groups. The next one is Wednesday, October 5, at 8pm E.T. Find out more about TECA and its support groups.

PEDIATRICIANS SPOTTING DEPRESSION. According to Newswise, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage pediatricians to screen patients for depression and tendencies to suicide. The article states, "The new guidelines would make questioning about mental health a routine part of every pediatric visit." Read more.

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