Monday, January 30, 2017

"Have a Day," Parenting, Summer, and More

"HAVE A DAY!" Not, "have a good day"? Nope, different. Read something from that the Huffington Post picked up about why a 2e kiddo wanted his mom to use "have a day" instead of "have a good day." Maybe it applies at your house, too. Read more.

GENDER, BELIEFS ABOUT INTELLIGENCE. Two articles this week cover the topic of girls and their beliefs about intelligence. From an Atlantic article: "Among... 5-year-olds, both boys and girls associated brilliance with their own gender. But among those aged 6 or 7, only the boys still held to that view." A New York Times article covers the same study that was the basis for The Atlantic article. (Is there something culturally wrong with the way we raise girls?)

SUMMER'S COMING, although you wouldn't know it in the Chicago area. But it might be time to start thinking about summer. One reason is that some summer camps and programs fill up early. One example is Yunasa, and their deadline is March 6; find out more. Another example is Camp Summit; find out more. This was all prompted by the Child Mind Institute's decision to feature summer and holiday resources in its newsletter this week, eg "Summer and Sensory Processing Issues"; "How to Keep Kids Reading this Summer"; "Strategies for a Successful Summer Break"; and more. Find the resources.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has a new post on manners -- and not for kids, for parents, more specifically parents dealing with educators in setting such as IEP meetings. Find out what this organization thinks will help you develop a solid relationship with the IEP team.

EMOTIONAL REGULATION -- for parents. An article at Psychology Today addresses the challenge parents face in regulating their emotions while dealing with their children. The article offers a few tips for self-regulation, along with six very good reasons why parents should learn to regulate emotions. Find the article.

MENTORING. LD Online points out that this is National Mentor Month and also describes how how mentors can help kiddos with learning differences. LD Online shares a video featuring David Flink, founder or Eye to Eye, a mentoring organization, explaining how his first mentor influenced him. Find out more.

TALKING ADHD WITH THE PEDIATRICIAN? You're not alone. According to, kids with ADHD account for over six million pediatritian visits a year, up from four million a few years ago. Most of those visits wound up with a prescription for meds. Read more.

GRADE-SKIPPING is apparently done by just one percent of students now days. This compares to two out of seven children who might benefit from such acceleration. While the article provides plenty of reasons why schools don't do grade-skipping, it also points to efforts to jump-start it, such as A Nation Empowered, from the University of Iowa. Got a grade-skipping candidate in your house or classroom? Read more.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DEPRESSION? An article at Medical News Today takes on that question, saying, in part: "Essential oils do not cure depression and should not be used as an alternative to the treatment prescribed by a doctor. Essential oils can, however, be used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments, such as behavioral therapy and antidepressants." Read more.

TREATING ASD SOCIAL DEFICITS. A mouse study indicates that an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis might improve social functioning in mice lacking a copy of a gene, PCDH10, associated with ASD. The mechanism is understood, apparently, but more research is required. Also from the study write-up: "Interestingly, the social behavior of male mice was more affected by reduced PCDH10 function than that of female mice, which correlates with the higher incidence of ASD in male humans." Find out more.

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