Monday, November 28, 2016

Depression, OCD, a Ted Talk, and More

STARTING ON A HAPPY NOTE, we have three items on depression, a frequent bug-a-boo to 2e kiddos:
  • Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases. Find a study write-up
  • Evidently drugs don't work for half of those who try them for depression, but Medical News Today reports that an eight-week intervention centered on breathing-based yoga can improve symptoms of depression when combined with the meds patients previously took. Read more
  • The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is sponsoring a free "Meet the Scientist" webinar on December 13 titled "Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression." Find out more

OCD PRIMER. Medical News Today has recently posted an article explaining what OCD is (including PANDAS), along with common treatments. Find the article.

HELP FOR KIDS THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IGNORES is a TED Talk that is ostensibly about high school drop-outs from disadvantaged backgrounds, but it obliquely touches on two things that 2e kiddos, because of their "alienation" from the norm, can use. One is a teacher who believes. The presenter, Victor Rios, remembers such a teacher; her mantra was, "Victor, I'm here for you whenever you're ready." Another factor is perspective, focusing on (yes, it's trite) the positive. An example of that from the talk, recounting the pivotal point where one young man realized he had a purpose in life: "He told us his story. We refined his story to go from being the story of a victim to being the story of a survivor [who] has overcome adversity. [Italics ours] We placed high value on it." Listen to the talk or read the transcript here.

SENG. The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted has announced that early-bird registration for its annual conference is open. The conference is scheduled for August 3-6 in Naperville, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE has issued its November eNews Update. It includes news of the Davidson Academy's online high school, opening next fall; about Davidson programs such as the Davidson Fellows Davidson Young Scholars; and a smattering of what's new in gifted ed. Find the newsletter.

CHICAGO-AREA ASD CLINICAL TRIAL. Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, is conducting a clinical trial on the effect of oxytocin combined with social cognitive skills therapy for children 8-11 with autism spectrum disorder. Find out more at the site of Rush or in a blog at the Huffington Post.

  • November 29, workshop titled "Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up: Helping Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed, and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World," Freeport, Maine. Find out more.  
  • November 30-December 2, Annual Conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Dallas, Texas. Find out more
  • December 6, 7:00 p.m. live event "Strategies for Improving Executive Function Skills to Plan, Organize, and Problem Solve for School Success," west suburbs of Chicago. Find out more
  • December 6, live event, "An Introduction to Cognitive Profile," by the Auburn School, Baltimore area. Find out more
  • December 9, creativity lab/workshop for kids, Reid Day School, Costa Mesa, California. Find out more

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