Saturday, September 2, 2017

Giftedness, Disabilities, 2e Center Symposium, More

UNDERSTANDING GIFTEDNESS. A press release from California State University highlights the work of a psychologist who has spent almost 40 years in a longitudinal study of giftedness -- the various types, predictors of later success, and more. He began following his subjects when they were a year old; now they're 38. One interesting part of the article concerns the researcher's work in the area of intellectual giftedness versus motivational giftedness. Read more.

UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES. Having a physical, emotional, or cognitive disability can have several consequences, and how the disabled person deals with those consequences can affect his or her acceptance of the disability. One consequence is stigma. New research indicates that disabled persons who feel stigma are more likely to self-identify with their disability and, ultimately, even take pride in it and deal with it 
more successfully. While the disabilities of 2e kiddos are less "obvious" than other types of disabilities, this study write-up might offer constructive ideas for parents and even for older 2e kiddos. Find the study write-up.

2e CENTER SYMPOSIUM. There are still seats left for this October event presented by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. The title: "Vision and Leadership in 2e Education." The audience is expected to be international in scope. One highlight will be the induction of the first "pioneers" into the 2e Hall of Fame. Find out more.

GIFTED PD. Iowa's Belin-Blank Center offers professional development opportunities this fall for educators of the gifted. Classes and workshops cover a variety of topics, including writing and perfectionism (separate classes), and we'd bet that a detailed look at the syllabuses (syllabi?) might uncover 2e-related topics. Find out more.

SOCIAL (PRAGMATIC) COMMUNICATION DISORDER is an autism-related diagnosis new with the DSM-5. An article at explains more about it and describes research indicating that the diagnosis is useful, suggesting that "SCD captures children with autism features who would not otherwise receive an autism diagnosis." There has been some debate about whether SCD was really a standalone condition or simply "mild autism." Read more.

INATTENTION. According to a study write-up at Science Daily, researchers have found that inattentiveness in childhood is linked to worse academic performance up to 10 years later in children with and without ADHD, even accounting for intellectual ability. The results highlight the long-term effects that childhood inattention can have on academic performance, and suggest that parents and teachers should address inattentiveness in childhood. Find the study write-up.

BRAIN STIMULATION. Can it help children with LDs, specifically those who have difficulty with math? Maybe so, according to an exploratory study. Find out more.

SLEEP, MOOD, TEENS. Most teens need eight to ten hours of sleep for optimal mood and functioning, according to new research. Read more.

TiLT PARENTING has issued podcast Episode 72, a "solocast" from Debbie about her homeschooling curriculum and schedule. Find it.

JEN THE BLOGGER weighs in on emotional intensities that might be part of the makeup of parents of 2e kiddos. You know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Find the blog.

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