Thursday, May 18, 2017

Child Behavior, Policy and Education, Sleep, Therapists, Booklet Sale, More

NAUGHTY? OR NATURAL? An article in Psychology Today explains how some child behavior can seem "bad," but may instead be natural. Says the article, "When we recognize kids' unwelcome behaviors as reactions to environmental conditions, developmental phases, or our own actions, it lets us respond proactively, and with much more compassion." Some of the behaviors are in the categories of impulsiveness, reaction to stimulation, and the need to move. Find the article.

SLEEP FOR KIDDOS. Besides the factors mentioned in the item above, sleep can affect children's behavior and academic performance. Psychology Today also has an article addressing the minimum sleep requirements of children and adolescents, The article reports on a recent study which indicates that the "right" amount of sleep is different for socioemotional development than it is for academic performance, and that variability in sleep duration can be detrimental to mental health. Read more.

TEEN CHEF. A young man on the spectrum is the subject of an article in the Orange County Register. He has created a couple special sauces featured on a local restaurant's menu, and his family has had some of his recipes commercially produced and bottled. The young man is a high school senior. Find the article.

BULLYING. Depending on what you read recently, bullying among students is either still at a fairly high level (about 1 in 5 of students 12-18) or has declined by half since 2005. An Associated Press article provides the first perspective; an article at Business Insider provides the second.

POLICY AND EDUCATION 1. NPR reports on how vouchers may bring "choices, not guarantees," to families with special-needs kids. The problem: finding a school that will accept the special needs child, especially if behavior issues are involved. Read more.

POLICY AND EDUCATION 2. The Washington Post examines the current president's education budget, noting "deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice." The cuts come in the areas of college work-study programs, public-service loan forgiveness, mental health services, and advanced coursework as part of a $10.6 billion cut, says the Post. Find the article.

GIFTED CHALLENGES. In a new blog posting, Gail Post writes about finding a therapist when you (or, presumably, your offspring) are gifted. Trust your gut when it comes to feelings about a prospective therapist, she writes, and know that therapy is hard work. Number 10 on her list -- "Try to find a therapist who 'gets' giftedness." We would add, "or twice exceptionality." Find the blog posting.

TiLT PARENTING. Episode 57 in TiLT's series of podcasts is titled "Using a Strengths-based Approach to Support Differently-wired Kids." In the podcast, TiLT founder Debbie Reber talks to Giselle Marzo Segura, "a designer, teacher, mentor, writer, and solutions thinker." Find the podcast.

HATING MATH WORKSHEETS? In the Facebook group Twice Exceptional Children we found a "share" of an intriguing home-made device that might make rote memorization more fun for that math-hating 2e kiddo you know. You make it with foam drink cups and a marker, and it seems as if it would be more engaging than flash cards or worksheets. Take a look at the Facebook page of "Planning Playtime: Learning Through Play" and look for a post called "a fun, interactive math activity."

OUR SPRING BOOKLET SALE ends Sunday. Go to our website to see what you can get for $11 (any booklet). Paid newsletter subscribers, check your inbox for your link to even lower prices.

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