Monday, September 18, 2017

The Lang School, Parenting Anxiety, Student Anxiety, ADHD, More

THE LANG SCHOOL for 2e students (profiled in the March/April, 2016 issue of 2e Newsletter), like other similar schools, was founded by a parent, Micaela Bracamonte, who wanted an education for her children that would fit their strengths and challenges. A story at the website portrays Bracamonte's vision, drive, and independence as she built her school. Those in the 2e community will find a lot to relate to in the story, which will, hopefully, open more eyes about twice-exceptionality and its ramifications. Go to

PARENTING ANXIETY. Any sane parent feels anxiety about at least some of her or his parental duties and to the child's development. A parent writing into a column at The Washington Post says, "I manage my parenting anxiety by not reading parenting books. It’s too much contradictory information, and I get nuts about it." The columnist offers suggestions for dealing with the consequences of "too much information." Find the column.

WHAT DO YOU DO when other parents suggest that your child has ADHD? You might have your own favorite response -- but US News has some tips -- like, "consider the source"; how to handle rude people; and more. Find the article.

MORE ON ADHD. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation reports on research providing more clarity in how to diagnose ADHD in a child, in particular when using the Achenbach Scales. Read more.

PARENTS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES who deal with a child's "e's." Education Week has published an article by a teacher who has witnessed the upsurge in students with anxiety over the past decades. The teacher describes the manifestations of the problem -- absenteeism ("I just couldn't face school today"), missed assignments, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and more. The teacher/writer blames our culture for some of this. He also describes briefly how he has changed his engagement style to adapt. Find the article.

ADVICE FROM TEACHERS for other teachers and for parents -- that's what the current TED Talks playlist promises. Among the playlist titles: "3 rules to spark learning"; "Help for kids the education system ignores"; and "How to fix a broken education system." Find the playlist.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has a new article up, "The Benefits of Later School Start Times." If you need convincing, or want something to help your school district be convinced, check it out.

YOUR CHANCE FOR INPUT. The biennial World Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is seeking input on speakers or topics to include. Here's your chance to show how important twice-exceptionality is to you and the 2e community. Find out more and let them know what you think. (The next conference is in Nashville in 2019 -- but now's the chance to advocate.)

SENG has an upcoming webinar this Thursday, "Parenting Adventures in the Digital Realm: From Surviving to Thriving." From the event blurb: "How can we best support our kids in developing the skills necessary to participate creatively and make healthy choices in the digital realm? In this interactive presentation, we’ll explore how to nurture conversations and family practices that reduce conflict, support dialog, and build trust." Find out more.

DO YOU PRAISE THAT KID for being "smart"? He or she might be more prone to cheat if so, according to a new study. Find the study write-up.

DOUBT ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS? Although the clinical efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents is proven, it is frequently accompanied by side effects. In addition, the influence of the placebo effect on the efficacy of antidepressants is unclear. A meta-analysis of data from over 6,500 patients has now shown that, although antidepressants are more effective than placebos, the difference is minor and varies according to the type of mental disorder.Find the study write-up.

REMEMBER GOOGLE GLASS, the wearable communications/computing/display technology? It's still around. Now a prototype software application, to be used with the optical head-mounted display, has been designed as a social-skills coach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more.

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