LABELS FOR DIFFERENTLY-WIRED KIDS. TiLT Parenting pointed us (thanks, Debbie) to an essay by a mom in Singapore who with her family this summer "will traverse twelve time zones to the other side of the globe as a step towards acceptance." In the family is a very bright 7yo differently-wired boy who on the trip will receive an assessment. The essay is in the form of a letter to the boy's teacher and is titled "Please Don't Label My Son." And the "acceptance part of the journey? "If we are to 'help' my son — accept and embrace him with empathy and unconditional love — we must learn to quiet the noise of our interpretations so that we can understand the nuances of his." Find the essay.
THE "GIFTED" LABEL. We in the 2e community get to explain two (or more) labels to our offspring. Psychologist Gail Post writes at her blog about how to explain the "gifted" label. Find the blog.
AN ANXIOUS NATION was the title of an article from The New York Times before some editor changed the title, using a reference to the "United States of Xanax." (We like the first title better.) The article is about the ubiquity of anxiety in social media, blogs, Broadway shows, TV, and books. How ubiquitous? "According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, have an anxiety disorder." This article provides some reasons for the prevalence of anxiety, and notes the benefits of efforts to bring anxiety into "the open." You won't, however, find much help for that 2e kiddo you know who worries a lot. Find the article.
JAMES T. WEBB, psychologist and founder of the organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, is interviewed by Adrienne Van Den Bos. You can find a PDF version here, or, if you're on LinkedIn, find a a link here.
ATTENTION. We have three items for you from the past few days on the topic of attention:
- TED, in its weekly playlist, pointed to a talk by a neuroscientist who explains what happens when we pay attention; find it
- US News published an article about how ADHD symptoms manifest differently depending on gender; find the article
- And NewsWise reported on a study indicating that car crashes might not be as big a danger for teens with ADHD as previously thought; read more.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Remember the Georgia teacher who recently gave an end-of-year award to an ADHD student for being "most likely to not pay attention"? Last week a middle-school teacher in Texas handed out some awards in a similar vein. The student who got the "most likely to become a terrorist" award was not amused... nor was the school district, especially (presumably) after the incident received local television coverage. The teacher is no longer employed by the district, according to reports. Read more.