Thursday, December 22, 2016

Education, Psychotherapy, Books, The Senses, and More

SINGLE-SESSION TREATMENT? Can one session of psychotherapy successfully treat childhood disorders? A recent study indicated that such sessions could be effective for treating anxiety and conduct disorders, but not depression substance abuse, or eating disorders. The study was in the November 25 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Journal Watch, from the NEJM, commented this way on the study: "...these data supporting the effectiveness of single sessions for treating childhood anxiety and conduct disorders may be profoundly useful to clinicians. The finding that less-costly single psychoeducational sessions were as effective as those requiring specialized training (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) further strengthens the feasibility of implementing single-session treatments."

A LIST OF GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOKS written by dyslexics is what Dyslexic Advantage offers for "holiday reads." Dr. Fernette Eide's list includes Peanuts, books by Roald Dahl and Henry Winkler, and more. Find the list.

UNDERSTOOD notes that ADHD and sensory processing issues can have some of the same signs, and offers a table differentiating the two. If you're wondering what's behind the meltdowns in your house, or fidgeting and squirming, or issues of personal space, check out the table.

SENSORY EXPERIENCE in general is the topic of an article at the site of the Dana Foundation. The article addresses the question of how much sensory stimulation is optimal for development of the brain. A couple mouse studies provide clues. In one study, lab mice were given a much larger environment to live in and explore than such mice usually have. In another study, mice were exposed to an environment comparable to what we'd call "overstimulation" for our kiddos. Both studies resulted in brain changes, and you'll have to read the article to find out more.

GIFTED CHALLENGES. Psychologist Gail Post has blogged about what are, in her opinion, the best articles on gifted education of 2016. Among the topics: acceleration, resilience, grit, cultural disparity when it comes to gifted ed, and the "play gap." Find Post's post.

ADHD IN PRESCHOOLERS is the topic of a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute, covering how it might be diagnosed, behavioral treatment, and considerations for meds. Find the article.

WCGTC is the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, a global organization that holds a biennial conference somewhere on the planet. (Next July the conference is in Australia.) If you're interested in what's going on with WCGTC, check out the organization's December newsletter -- especially if you're an international member of the 2e community.

TiLT PARENTING, in its most recent podcast, addresses a topic that is a fact of life for some families of gifted or 2e kiddos -- parents who are no longer together, and what they can do to best support their -- in TiLT's words -- "differently-wired kids." If this topic is relevant at your house(s), check out the podcast.

UPCOMING EVENT. The Summit Center has scheduled a one-hour webinar on January 25 addressing the topic of supporting smart girls. The intended audience consists of parents of girls 6 to 16. Dr. Lisa White presents, and a fee applies. Find out more

QUIZ. What Oklahoma school district is in potential hot water with the DOE OCR for discrimination against a 2e kiddo? Hint: You should have read Tuesday's blog post.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Sometimes we get lost in the weeds of education. An article at the site of The Washington Post would snap our focus back on a simple question with a complicated answer: What are schools for? The writer proposes one overarching aim: "Maximize learner ability to make sense," which has lots of aspects that go beyond what the writer contends are the currently-emphasized skills of recalling and applying information. So if you'd like a brief respite from IEPs, 504s, diagnoses, accommodations, enrichments, and everything day-to-day, check out the article.

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