Monday, August 28, 2017

2e Kiddos: Education, Post-College, Moving, Counseling, More

NOT ALONE. 2e kiddos who take antidepressants are among about 13 percent of the population who take such meds, according to Time. The National Center for Health Statistics released the number (counting only people only 12 and older), which is up two percentage points from a decade ago. Read more.

AND IF YOU'RE WORKING WITH a mental health professional for the benefit of your 2e child, you'll be interested in a new article at the site of the Child Mind Institute, "How to Work Well with Your Child's Therapist." Tips include: be forthcoming and transparent; have realistic expectations for treatment; and monitor and reinforce the treatment. Find the article.

WHAT DO YOU WORRY ABOUT for your child? A poll of parents finds that, overall, about 40 percent of parents worry about two common 2e-related issues, depression and stress. The number one concern: bullying or cyberbullying. The top 10 concerns differed among parents who are black, white, and Hispanic. Go to the Washington Post to find out how your worries compare to other parents'.

MOVING. Got a kiddo with intense emotions, or one with ADHD, and planning a move? An "On Parenting" column provides advice on how to help such children cope with moving and the transitions that go with it. Interestingly, the columnist begins with the parents -- the importance of being "organized, calm, hopeful, and tapped into your emotions." Family meetings are advised, as is tapping into the feelings of the young ones. Find the column.

  • Microlearning-- short bursts of content -- is advocated for some "non-traditional" learners in an article at Education Dive. Find out more
  • Understood offers a primer on RTI, response to intervention, an approach for helping struggling students achieve at grade level. Find the primer, but remember that there are "wrinkles" in applying RTI to 2e kiddos. 
  • On-line learning is more available at charter schools than at traditional public schools, according to Education Week, with availability at 29 percent and 20 percent respectively. Also mentioned -- somewhat different measures from a related study. Read more
AND SPEAKING OF non-traditional learners, Jen the Blogger writes about potential pathways for such kiddos. She observes how most members of her (and her husband's) family avoided the "traditional" route through four years of college immediately following high school, and how the route of one of her sons seems pretty flexible at the moment. If you're wondering where your 2e kiddo's educational path will go, check out the blog.

AND IF THEY DO GO to college, twice-exceptional young people will likely still find challenges in the transition to the workplace, starting with actually finding a job. Psychologist Devon MacEachron, who specializes in the twice-exceptional, has written a blog post about this transition, featuring a nifty three-part Venn diagram (strengths, interests, values); advice to acknowledge challenges; and case studies of 2e young people in such a transition. Find the blog.

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