Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Don't Cross the Mom of a 2e Kiddo, Plus Items on Anxiety, ASD, and More

DON'T CROSS THE PARENT of a 2e kiddo. A school in Oklahoma might have done that by refusing to acknowledge that a mon's gifted son also had ADHD and should have accommodations. She told the school she was filing a civil rights complaint. They fired her from her substitute teacher work. Now the DOE OCR is checking into the matter. Read more.

CBT FOR ANXIETY. New resesarch indicates that CBT alone might be the best treatment for social anxiety disorder, skipping the meds. According to a study write-up, "Nearly 85 per cent of the study participants significantly improved or became completely healthy using only cognitive therapy." Read more.

U OF IOWA COURSE ON 2e. The University of Iowa is offering a between-semesters online course for educators titled "Nurturing the Potential of Twice-Exceptional Students / Practical Guidelines for Understanding and Supporting 2e Students," to be taught by Alissa Doobay, Ph.D. Doobay is a frequent presenter at conferences as part of the Belin-Blank team. The course starts on December 28. Find out more.

ASD, ONE PROTEIN. A significant portion of those on the spectrum might be lacking a single protein in the brain, one called nSR100, or SRRM4. It evidently plays a part in brain development. Its identification by Canadian researchers could lead to new treatments. Read more.

HUMOR AND LD? In the most recent issue of Special Ed Advocate, Wrightslaw promises this: "we invite you to lighten up and laugh. If you have a sense of humor, spend some time on the Lighter Side of Special Education." Find out if your sense of humor matches theirs.

PERSPECTIVES. The worlds of giftedness and twice-exceptionality can sometimes seem pretty insular, due to no one's fault in particular. We invite you to check out what are, to us, some out-of-the-ordinary perspectives from individuals of color and/or disadvantaged backgrounds to understand what they've faced as they strive to achieve and learn.

  • A young man attending an excellent east-coast college, described as having a "love of learning," tells what it's like when he goes home for breaks. As the title of the article says, "most people at his prestigious college have no idea what he's facing there." Find the article
  • "As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are." This is a TED Talk; find it. (There's also a transcript.)
  • And a young woman who grew up in poverty wrote this: "As a Wellesley student, a woman who will, and is a part of academia, I am also a hillbilly, an Appalachian, and a Kentuckian. While the students in my classes who came from strong school backgrounds are able to transition to college and even find work study jobs while succeeding, I struggle to keep up with the new formats and challenging material..." Read more
Thanksgiving is past, but these pieces might make you thankful -- and inspired.

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