Thursday, February 16, 2017

Temple Grandin, FAPE, ASD, Anxiety, Depression, Gifted Ed, More

TEMPLE GRANDIN has been named to the National Women's Hall of Fame, according to Disability Scoop. She was chosen for her work as an autism advocate -- and also for her work in animal science. Read more.

HOW HYPER IS TOO MUCH? Here's the first sentence from an article at Psych Central that should let you know whether you want to read it: "Every day, millions of parents wonder if their son’s hyper behavior is a normal product of age and gender, or if it’s something that needs to be addressed with a doctor." Go to Psych Central to read more.

NPR, in its "How Learning Happens" feature, describes the use of improv to help children with autism show emotion and understand emotion in others. Find the feature

SUSAN BAUM is presenting in Greenwich, Connecticut, on February 22 on the topic "Gifted and LD: Finding and Supporting Your Child's Strengths." The event is sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. Find out more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers a primer on the "appropriate" part of free, appropriate public education. It's set within the context of the current U.S. Supreme Court case, Endrew F, the resolution of which might provide more clarity in this matter. Find the primer.

GIFTED ED PD RESOURCE. Educators might be interested in the summer professional development program held annually at the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa. This year's program is July 10-14. The organization says, "This exciting professional development experience allows educators (classroom teachers, school counselors, and administrators) to learn more about gifted and talented students and ways to meet their needs. Participants live on campus for a week, collaborating with others who share their commitment." Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING turns out podcasts and blog postings almost faster than we can keep up with them. The most recent podcast deals with sex education for differently-wired kids (that's your kid). It features Amy Lang, an expert on the topic. Find the podcast. And in a blog posting, Debbie Reber and son Asher converse about vacations and what makes them go more smoothly. Again the perspective is that of a family of which a differently-wired kiddo is an important part. Find the blog.

MICHELLE RONSKLEY-PAVIA, an academic at Australia's Griffith University, has authored a number of papers and studies on the topic of twice-exceptionality. The latest is titled "Listening and responding to twice-exceptional students: Voices from within." Also at this site are her papers on topics such as acceleration, OEs, and more.

MEDITERRANEAN DIET, ADHD. We recently pointed to a study on the link between the Mediterranean diet and the incidence of ADHD. While the study showed that participants with ADHD were less likely follow to a Mediterranean-type diet, Journal Watch has issued some commentary on the study. Journal Watch says, "In this cross-sectional study, ADHD is associated with lower intake of a Mediterranean diet, but whether poor diet causes ADHD, or the reverse occurs, cannot be known without longitudinal data. A trial of Mediterranean foods may be useful for families reluctant to try medications, especially if they can deal with the logistics (e.g., what to do at birthday or pizza parties)." [What, no Mediterranean pizza?]

DEPRESSION is the topic of two recent articles:

  • People with depression can have trouble processing information and solving problems. Scientists studying a rat model for depression are identifying on a molecular level how the condition could affect thinking. The findings could lead to the development of new depression treatments that would address associated cognitive problems. Find the study write-up.
  • An article at NPR covers the topic of depression and teen girls, and how it can affect them especially hard. Find the article
ANXIETY. Likewise, anxiety is in the news.
  • U.S. News contends that dealing with anxiety can be taught like other skills. "We can start by creating a plan, modeling the steps by showing them and practicing the task together, and gradually children will practice the technique independently." Read more
  • And a recent study concluded this: "Decreased connectivity in the amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex may mediate emotion dysregulation among youth with anxiety and irritability." Find the study write-up
  • Finally, in a new study, researchers have described how two important molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense anxiety. Find the study write-up.

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