Thursday, March 2, 2017

Survey of 2e Adults, Parenting, Test Accommodations, Steve Jobs, and More

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. A psychology student working on his senior thesis at Dominican University in California is seeking twice-exceptional adults to respond to a survey about their experiences. Find out more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES examines common test accommodations for kiddos with ADHD, describing a recent study indicating that such accommodations might not help. Read more.

PARENTING RE-EXAMINED. A story from the newsroom of the University of Nebraska Medical Center describes a new book from a professor there, a book proposing a parenting paradigm shift to help kids succeed in the 21st century. The professor has identified seven "QI" skills (pronounced "key") to nurture in a child beginning early -- for example a WOBBLE skill for adaptability and agility. Sound interesting? Find out more.

NURTURING THE GIFTED is the topic of an article at It lists five issues gifted kiddos might have, issues familiar to you such as intensities, underachievement, sensitivities, social struggles, and -- yes -- LDs. The writer also offers tips for nurturing. Of special interest to us was the inclusion of a poem supposedly written by Steve Jobs about smart misfits. Find the article. Find a video version of the poem supposedly narrated by Jobs here or here.

THE STIGMA IN ADMITTING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES is the topic of an article at the site of BBC, and it asserts that about half of a group of young people 16-25 surveyed in the UK said they had experienced a mental health problem -- and a third of them worried about disclosing the problem for fear of stigma. Read more.

JOURNAL WATCH commented on a recent study of students with ADHD and their transition to college, where those students might run into problems with self-management skills, adherence to meds, and social supports. Journal Watch commented that clinicians should talk to these students months before the transition and help them plan for the source of their meds at school; academic accommodations; self-management; and what to do about peers who want to "share" their meds.

TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is on ADHD, and it features a Danish ADHD coach of whom Debbie Reber, the podcast host, says: "His focus is on development his client’s cognitive skills and behaviors to help them be better at managing their time, focus, and temperament, as well as rebuilding their self-worth." Find the podcast.

WRIGHTSLAW deals with the issue of signing an IEP, which is apparently 
not as simple as it might seem, depending on where you live or even which particular version of the IEP you're signing. Wrightslaw says, "In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the benefits of signing the IEP, how to document your dissatisfaction or express concerns, and where to find your state requirements." Find Special Ed Advocate.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE, the newsletter from With Understanding Comes Calm, is out in its March edition. Of this issue, Julie Skolnick says, "This month's newsletter has lots of information about co-existing conditions. Many articles this month address the importance of being vigilant with appropriate strategies to bring out the best in our 2e kids!" Find the newsletter.

PRUFROCK PRESS is offering a free excerpt from a newly-published book, Anxiety-Free Kids, by Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D. Find it.

EDUCATION POLICY is in flux in the United States. If you're following it, you might be interested in a couple recent articles.
  • The Washington Post provides the full remarks of the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a recent conference; find them
  • The Council for Exceptional Children gives its rationale for urging members to resist any overturn of ESSA; find it.

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