Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TEDx Talk on 2e, Depression, Girls on the Spectrum, More

AS WE MENTIONED in our coverage of August's SENG conference, Scott Barry Kaufman has done a TEDx talk. Here's what he says about it: "My new TEDx talk on redefining intelligence, maximizing human potential, and appreciating twice-exceptional children, is up! Please share if you can, as I'd like to get the word out there about this very marginalized group of children." Find the talk. The release of the talk was announced in the Beautiful Minds, a newsletter from Kaufmann which contains links to podcasts, interviews, talks, and articles. Find the newsletter.

GIRLS ON THE SPECTRUM. Disability Scoop reports on research about the gender differences in ASD, writing "New research finds that girls on the spectrum have more difficulty with planning, organizing, making small talk, and other adaptive skills needed to get up, get dressed, and make it through the day." Read more.

DEPRESSION. What to know how psychiatrists evaluate for the possibility of treatment-resistant depression (TRD)? Find out at the site of Psychiatric Times. Separately, a small study found that neurofeedback seemed to improve symptoms and recovery in TRD. Read more.

BRAIN WONKS will probably appreciate an article at Science Daily on recent research into mapping regions and functional connections in the brain. According to the write-up, the research "will provide new insights into a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety, substance use, and cognitive impairment." Of special interest are networks involved in cognition and attention. Find the write-up.

BELIN-BLANK has announced a series of podcasts called The Window and says this about it: "The Window podcast is designed to engage thought leaders on issues relating to maximizing human potential and directing talent toward a larger social good." Find out more.

SLEEP, ADHD. Here's a rather strong statement about the connection between ADHD and sleep from Medical News Today: "Researchers suggest that there may be a stronger link between ADHD and sleep problems than hitherto believed, and that the two may not be completely separate issues after all." Read more.

TiLT PARENTING. A new podcast is out and it's titled "Non-violent Communication, Whole Person Learning, and Neurodiverse Students." Here's one of the things TiLT founder Debbie says you'll learn: "What it looks like when education is grounded in compassion and the principles of nonviolent communication, ecological literacy, and whole person learning (social, emotional, physiological, and academic)." Find the podcast. (Wikipedia says that non-violent communication "is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one's own inner experience), empathy (defined as an understanding of the heart in which we see the beauty in the other person), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).")

EDUCATION IN FINLAND has often in the past been held up as a benchmark. Education Week reports on a visit to Finland by five "teachers of the year" from the U.S. Find out what they observed and thought.

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