Tuesday, June 27, 2017

IEP Success Story, ADHD, Tourette's, OCD, Podcasts, and More

OUTSIDE-THE-BOX THINKING benefits both the student and the school. Parent, advocate and author Amanda Marin writes at Education Week about a success story -- yes, success -- for a twice-exceptional student at the hands of a creative school administration and staff. The story involves a teacher frustrated by her inability to understand the student in question... a social worker... and a hard-working IEP team, all backed by a school principal who encouraged collaboration and innovative thinking. Find the story.

ADHD IN THE FAMILY. How does a family plan and organize when both child and parent have ADHD? That the topic of an article at the Huffington Post, and it offers ways to "re-frame ADHD more collaboratively." For example: Follow routines together; create reminders together; and more. Find the article.


  • A study write-up at Medical News Today noting that people who go to bed late have less control over ADHD symptoms. Find the write-up
  • "Five Must-read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD" at the Huffington Post. Find it
  • "When ADHD is All in the Family," an article at ADDitude, offers more ways to deal with the shared diagnosis. Find the article
  • A long-lasting ADHD drug from Shire has been approved by the FDA, according to Reuters. Read more
TOURETTE'S is the topic of a couple recent articles.
  • A study write-up at Science Daily says that researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome; go to Science Daily
  • Another write-up at Science Daily notes that children with Tourette's may have an elevated rate of autism symptoms. This study was a follow-up to research by the same team showing that Tourette's, OCD and ADHD share common symptoms and genetic relationships. Find the write-up
OCD, INFLAMMATION. Certain psychiatric conditions -- depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder -- have been found to be associated with neurinflammation. A new study also links OCD to neuroinflammation, leading to new understanding of the condition as well as possible treatments. Read more.

DANGER. Still in the research realm, a new study by the University of Toronto found that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts was much higher for women who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities (16.6%) compared to women who had not (3.3%). Men with learning disabilities also were more likely to have attempted suicide compared to men without learning disorders (7.7% vs 2.1%). Read more.

SUMMIT CENTER has released two new podcasts. One is with Chicago-area coach/consultant/author Kimberlee King on a topic from her book, Parenting Is Hard; Suffering Is Optional. According to the podcast's intro, "Kimberlee Anne and Dr. Dan [Peters] discuss many compelling topics in today’s podcast, including how to be happy despite chaos, judgment (don’t do it!), gratitude, radical self-acceptance, ego, present parenting, self-improvement, perfectionism, cutting the proverbial umbilical cord (especially if our kids have challenges) and so much more." Find the podcast. The other podcast is titled "Secrets of Simplicity and Living Better," with parent/author/entrepreneur Mary Carlomagno. Find the podcast.

TiLT PARENTING. Another week, another podcast or two from TiLT, for the parents of differently-wired (aka 2e) kids. The newest podcasts cover "How Parents Can Survive (and Thrive) Over the Summer Break" (Episode 62) and, in a conversation with TiLT founder Debbie's son, travel and vacation strategies (Episode 63).

AND FINALLY, THIS. Parents who are struggling to understand and raise their children naturally have a need to communicate with other parents about parenting, and about the challenges they face. A Washington Post article points out how what might seem like an invitation to give parenting advice might not really be such -- and how to avoid giving unwanted advice and provide what a challenged parent really needs. Chances are parents in the 2e community are probably more often at the receiving end of this dynamic -- but it doesn't hurt to be able to recognizes "non-listening styles" in others or in oneself. As the article concludes, “Most parents just want someone to listen to their experiences without judgment." Find the article.

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