Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mental Health in Kids, Grade-skipping, "Gifted," and More

MENTAL HEALTH is an important component of twice exceptionality. Some of our 2e kiddos have a disorder by definition, with conditions such as ADHD. Now Atlantic Online says that in the U.S. there are "more than 17 million young people who meet criteria for disorders that affect their ability to learn, behave, and express their emotions." Putting it that way makes mental health even more important. The article stresses the importance of getting access to mental health resources as early as possible to mitigate later problems. Find the article.

GRADE-SKIPPING is the topic of an article at the site of the Huffington Post, and the article is co-authored by a member of 2e Newsletter's Editorial Advisory Board, Susan Assouline. The article notes that that age-based grade assignment leads some students to boredom, and that grade-skipping, with a presumed increase in intellectual stimulation, could be an answer. The article describes short- and long-term benefits, but also covers the caveat of whether the prospective grade-skipper is mature enough. A link in the article points to a scale to help parents decide about grade-skipping. Find the article.

THE GIFTED LABEL is the subject of constant debate among parents and educators. On the pro side, Lisa van Gemert offers "8 Reasons You Should Label Kids as Gifted." Two of the reasons deal with getting support. Find the reasons.

PARENT FOOTPRINT PODCAST is a resource developed by psychologist Dan Peters, aka Dr. Dan. According to its website, it is "a podcast and interactive online community where our mission is to make the world a better place — one parent and one child at a time. New shows air every first and third Thursday of the month." Currently available -- podcasts by experts on the topics of discipline, the dyslexic advantage (by you-know-who), creativity, social learning, and more. Find the podcasts. NOTE: The site also offers the new "Parent Footprint Awareness Training, a fee-based, online path to "discover a new vision of successful parenting."

ANXIETY "is the birthright of the gifted," write Linda Silverman and Linda Powers Leviton at the site of the Gifted Development Center. They continue: "You don't have to be gifted to be anxious, but it helps." Read more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE NEWSLETTER for October is out. Not sure how the publishers cram so much information into one issue, but here's what's in it: "How to Be Invincible, Dean Kamen, Inventor, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month - What Will YOU Do?, Can People with Dyslexia Learn Speed Reading? How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia? Karina Eide Young Writers Awards and College Scholarships, How to Read to Kids with Dyslexia, Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia, Math Strategies for Arithmetic - Number Flexiblity, Research: Brain Changes During Literacy Development, News from Our Community: Museum Exhibit Creator Michael Graham and Davis Graham (no relation to Michael), an adult learner graduates from Brandeis, Maelee's Dyslexia Presentation at School, Great Apps - Spelling, Math, and Organization, and Dyslexia in the News." Find the newsletter.

LANDMARK COLLEGE, which focuses on students with learning differences, has distributed the latest issue of its "Insider" newsletter. If you're interested in "points of entry" to the college for that 2e kiddo you know, of if you're interested in Landmark's contributions to the practice of educating students who learn differently, check out the newsletter.

SENG WEBINAR. On October 27th the organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted offers a webinar titled "How to Help the Gifted become a Social-Emotional ACE: Ten Steps to Building Social-Emotional Resilience & Empowerment." A fee applies. Find out more.

2e RESOURCES. The website of the Indiana Association for the Gifted has a section containing resources for the 2e community -- parents, professionals, kids, and teens. Find it, and way to go IAG!

WRIGHTSLAW offers more information about evaluations in its most recent Special Ed Advocate. If an evaluation is in your game plan, check out the issue.

LEARNING RIGHTS is an interesting term, and it's also a movement. One advocate is David Flink, of Eye to Eye. In a TiLT podcast Mr. Flink is interviewed by 12-year-old Asher, the son of TiLT's founder. Find the podcast.

ADHD -- SOMETHING TO KNOW. There's some evidence that bone density is lower among young people who take stimulant medications for ADHD. Find out more.

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