Monday, October 30, 2017

Problem Behavior, Recess, Bullying, Anxiety, and Daydreaming

C.P.S. "...what would be the point of punishing a child who literally could not sit still?" That's a sentence from an article on kids who misbehave starting early in school, and who therefor face punishments of various sorts. The article's title: "The 'Problem Child' Is a Child, Not a Problem." It describes a behavior modification technique called Collaborative Problem Solving (C.P.S.) which is designed to help build self-regulation skills. Another sentence from the article: "C.P.S. replaces a traditional philosophy of 'children do well when they want to' with one that 'children do well when they can.'" We have a feeling that sentence might resonate, given your presumed experiences with that 2e child you raise or teach. Find the article.

RECESS REBOUND? According to District Administration, some states are requiring schools to provide recess. From the article: "In Florida and Rhode Island, recess laws took effect this year. Four other states already require it, and 11 others officially recommend it. Meanwhile, eight other states mandate “general activity,” ranging from 30 minutes daily to 600 minutes monthly." Read more. Exercise, many believe, can help students, especially some 2e students, focus and learn.

NOVEMBER 18 is the date for an HBO telethon to raise money for autism schools, programs, and services. Read more.

BULLYING is often a problem for kids who are "different" in any way. TED offers "9 pieces of practical advice about bullying" that might be appropriate to share with a young person you know. For example: "telling someone about being bullied is not snitching." Find the advice.

FOLLOW-UP. We wrote recently about a New York Times piece on the prevalence of anxiety in young people. The Child Mind Institute later followed up with its own perspective on the problem. Find it.

SCREENING TO FIND THE GIFTED. Pinellas County, Florida, is screening all second graders. The purpose? To identify those who are gifted. It's universal screening, intended to not overlook children who could qualify and benefit from gifted services, especially minority or disadvantaged children. Read more, then consider how great it would be if every school district did this type of universal screening with instruments that would not only identify gifted learners but also twice-exceptional learners.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers some resources for the college application process for students with ADHD or learning differences. Find them.

TiLT PARENTING. The most recent podcast is a conversation between TiLT founder Debbie and her son. Debbie writes: "...we talk about everything from how Asher feels about having ADHD and what helped him get through the difficult transition of moving abroad when he was nine years old to what he thinks are the qualities of a good teacher, how he keeps track of his schoolwork, and much more." Find the podcast.

GOT A DAYDREAMER? That's okay. A new study suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative. People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering. Find the study write-up.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ODD, ADHD, College, Policy, Resources, Events

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This organization has published an article on oppositional defiant disorder. If you have an especially "willful" kiddo and are wondering if the label applies, the article might be of use. In fact, the Institute says: "Whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder (or ODD) or not, learning about the disorder can be helpful. That’s because the behavior management strategies used in treatment are evidence-based techniques that all parents will benefit from knowing." Find the article.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has a new article about online college degrees, the pros and cons. Sample "pro": flexibility. Sample "con": lack of support services. Read more. Separately, an opinion piece in the Hechinger Report is titled "Stop driving kids crazy — A four-year college degree isn’t the only answer"; find it.

FOLLOW-UP. In our last blog posting we noted that the U.S. D.O.E. was rescinding 72 regulations and letters of guidance pertaining to special ed. The Council for Exceptional Children says, "After an initial review by CEC, it appeared that the 72 guidance documents were either outdated or unnecessary as there has been subsequent policy established either through the Reauthorization of IDEA, including the promulgation of regulations and guidance that supersedes the 'outdated' policies." Find out what else CEC says.

MORE POLICY. NCLD notes this: "Despite the increasing popularity of school vouchers, education savings accounts (ESA), and tax incentive programs, many parents of children with disabilities struggle to find quality information and are left with important questions about how these programs work and might impact a child with a disability." Then NCLD goes on to offer a number of resources to help parents make informed decisions about these programs; find them. Separately, Education Dive has an article titled "Charters urged to improve services for special needs students"; find it.

EVENT: EXPERT CHAT via Understood on the topic "ADHD and Twice-Exceptional Kids," by Thomas E. Brown, a psychologist and professor of psychiatry, on November 2 at 12 ET. Find out more.

EVENT: SENG WEBINAR on the topic "The Inconvenient Student" (and you know who that is), by Michael Postma, author of the book by the same name, on Monday, October 30. The catch (or the opportunity): the event is for members of SENG Connect, a new initiative by the organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. SENG Connect is part of a paid Premier ($129.99) annual membership to SENG. Find out more.

RESOURCE FROM BELIN-BLANK. This organization offers a free Ning discussion/resource group on gifted ed and talent development. Find out more. In addition, this organization's October newsletter is out, featuring new of a new Javits-funded project "to increase educators’ capacity to identify and provide talented and gifted programming to underrepresented students in Iowa." Find the newsletter.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE. The application deadline for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college scholarship program is November 14. The organization says, "Current high school seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Receive up to $40,000 per year to complete your bachelor's degree, as well as opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding." Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE RESOURCE. This organization has a Young Scholars program, which provides "free services designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and academic development of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18 (students must be between the ages of 5 and 16 when applying)." And yes, 2e kiddos can be Young Scholars. Find out more.

PARENTING RESOURCE ON MEDIA USE. We discovered Common Sense Media, which provides guidance on media use by kids. Here's what the organization says about itself: "Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives." Go to the organization's website or Facebook page.

DON'T FORGET that for a few more days you can subscribe to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter for $25 -- $10 off the regular price of a one-year PDF subscription. Plus, you'll get seven bi-monthly issues for the price of six, because you'll get the September/October issue immediately, but your subscription will officially start with the November/December issue, featuring the importance of relationships for 2e children. This offer is good only until October 31st. New subscribers only, please. See the offer.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Feel-Bad Story, Media Use, OCD, Resources, and More

AND IF THIS WAS YOUR KID? Via Disability Scoop: "An elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old boy with autism to stand in front of his class twice last year while classmates voted on whether the boy was 'annoying,' a federal lawsuit alleges." Read more.

PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS currently have a magnet school for gifted students, but wants to split it into eight separate campuses. According to a news report, many parents are upset, including parents of 2e students who receive both gifted and special ed programming. Read more.

UNDERSTOOD offers several goodies this week:

  • An October 24th expert chat titled "How Motor Skills Affect Learning and Making Friends." Find out more
  • An article, "6 Tips for Responding When People Are Insensitive About Your Child's Learning and Attention Issues." Find it
  • An article on a related topic, "What to Say When Other People Interfere With Your Parenting." Find it
MEDIA USE. Want a benchmark on media use for children 0 to 8? The organization Common Sense Media has issued a report which it says provides a "clearer view of how young children's media use has evolved over time and provides a foundation for how we can use technology to support children's learning, play, and growth." Among the findings: kids in this age group spend about 48 minutes a day on their mobile devices; and that's just a third of their total screen time. Find more information.

ASD BLOGS. Medical News Today has compiled a list of what it feels are the 10 best blogs on the topic of autism. Find the list.

FOLLOW-UP. We noted a while ago a first-person piece on OCD by young-adult author John Green and how his OCD led him to create a novel with a 16yo female protagonist who has OCD. Green has also done an interview with NPR about the book and about himself. Find the interview.

SIGNS OF TREATMENT-RESISTANT DEPRESSION are highlighted in a "slide show" at the site of Psychiatric Times, which lists six factors to watch for. Duration and severity are two. You can ignore the final factor, old age, if it's your kiddo you're concerned about. Find the slide show.

SAVE THE DATE. Quad Prep Manhattan has announced the date for its fourth conference "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education" in New York City -- May 10-12. The May date, rather than the previous March dates, should obviate the danger of a blizzard disrupting the conference as happened this year. Find out more.

THE US DOE has rescinded 72 guidance documents outlining rights for students with disabilities, according to news outlets. The Washington Post provides a list of the documents sorted by legislative type -- eg, IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act. A quick glance didn't reveal any documents we know to affect twice-exceptional children, but we'll wait for experts to weigh in. In the meantime, find out more at The Washington Post or Disability Scoop.


IF YOU'VE BEEN WAITING for a "deal" to sign up for 2e Newsletter, now's your chance. This week, subscribe to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter for $25 -- $10 off the regular price of a one-year PDF subscription. Plus, you'll get seven bi-monthly issues for the price of six, because you'll get the September/October issue immediately, but your subscription will officially start with the November/December issue, featuring the importance of relationships for 2e children. This offer is good only until October 31st. New subscribers only, please. See the offer

Friday, October 20, 2017

Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Some Resources

SOMETIMES the items we scan seem to fall into just a few topic buckets -- like today...

MOOD DISORDERS

  • Social media and technology may be linked to a higher rate of depression in girls, according to a new study. Find out more
  • Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a 'reset' of their brain activity, according to a London study of treatment-resistant depression. Read more
  • The Child Mind Institute has posted an article on mood disorders (depression, anxiety) in teenage girls, including signs and symptoms parents can look for. Find the article
  • From Psychiatric Times, "The latest news in the treatment of depression covers patient self-management apps, antidepressant efficacy in older adults, and strategies to improve adherence." Find it here and here.  
  • NPR describes strategies educators can use to help kids with anxiety return to school. Find the piece
  • Psychiatry Advisor discusses anxiety prevention interventions and their effectiveness. Find it
  • And if YOU'RE depressed, the Huffington Post has tips for talking to your kids about it. Go there
ADHD
  • Medical News Today considers micronutrients to improve the symptoms of ADHD. Read more
  • Understood has an upcoming expert chat on October 26 titled "ADHD Treatment: What Are the Options?" Learn more
  • And ADDitude offers an "ADHD Awareness Month Toolkit" to spread the right message about ADHD. Find it
GOING TO NAGC? A colleague says, "This year the annual business meeting of the Twice Exceptional Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held, during NAGC, on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm in room 206A. Please plan to join us."

DYSLEXIA. In the "On Parenting" section of The Washington Post, a mom describes her efforts to talk to her 8yo daughter about the daughter's dyslexia. Some of the tactics don't go well. The daughter's self-esteem had been touched: "I don’t want to be me. I want to be someone who can read.” Read more.

GHF is opening registration for its spring online courses on October 23. GHF states, "GHF Online is 2e-friendly and willing to work with you to make reasonable accommodations for your child's individual needs." Find out more.

2e RESOURCES. Psychologist Devon MacEachron, who specializes in children with twice exceptionalities, has posted a list of resources for those in the 2e community -- books, websites, and even 2e Newsletter. Find the resource list




GOT A SOCIALLY AWKWARD KID? That's okay, according to a Parent Footprint talk psychologist Dan Peters had with the author of AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome. Find out more


CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED. This organization has released some information about its March, 2018, conference along with a "call for presenters." Find out more.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2e Symposium, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, Parenting, More

WE'RE BACK from a few days in California attending a great symposium put on by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Watch for coverage in the next issue of the newsletter. Two focuses (foci?) were honoring pioneers in the 2e community and providing a forum for those running 2e-friendly schools to share information. The picture here is of, L-R, newly inducted 2e Hall of Fame members Elizabeth Nielsen, Dennis Higgins, Lois Baldwin, and Mary Ruth Coleman; 2e Center Director Susan Baum and Bridges Academy head Carl Sabatino; Hall of Famers June Maker, Joanne Schwartz, and Linda Brody; and symposium speaker Scott Barry Kaufman.



JONATHAN MOONEY spoke at the 2e Center symposium last weekend, and by coincidence just had an opinion piece published in The New York Times called "You Are Special! Now Stop Being Different." In it, you can read some of the points and stories he offered to the audience at the symposium. Find the piece.

WEBINAR TOMORROW. SENG is offering a webinar on Thursday, October 19, titled "Empowering Gifted Learners Through Self-Advocacy." Find out more.

OCD. John Green, a writer of young adult novels, did a book based on his own OCD, attempting to dispel the "mad, creative genius" myth. The heroine is a 16-year-old girl who is "trying to understand the world around her, but cannot escape the prison of her own thoughts." Read the first-person piece by Green in Costco Connection,

ANXIETY is common among children in the 2e community. How do you help them? A New York Times Magazine article (ie, lots of words) might provide some hints. Find it.

ADHD -- several items.
  • MedPage Today describes a Finnish study indicating that children born in the fall and winter have more ADHD. Find the article
  • The Child Mind Institute has posted an article about tantrums, outbursts, and defiance in kids with ADHD -- and how to help them behave better. Find the article
  • Science Daily reports on research indicating that children with ADHD) are likely to also have trouble with touch (tactile) processing. The study found finds that they fare worse on several tests of tactile functioning, including reaction time and detecting a weak stimulus on the skin (detection threshold). Find the study write-up
  • And Canada's CBC reports that "Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fidget, tap and swivel around in a chair much more than normally developing children because it helps them to learn complex material.." The research indicated that kids with ADHD move twice as much when learning. Find the article
TiLT's latest podcast is about advocating on behalf of differently-wired kids -- like yours. Find the podcast.

HEALTH -- YOURS. Jen the Bloggers is offering an eight-week online course on self-care for the parents of complicated kids. Jen, who has 2e in the family, says she and her co-presenter "created what we would have wanted and needed. This is a course for you, not a parenting course. Our goal is to help you help yourself, because every family is different and the only expert is the parent." Read more.

HEALTH: YOUR KIDDO'S. Blood pressure monitoring isn't only for adults. Hypertension in children and adolescents has been "on the rise" for decades, apparently, with approximately 2 million children diagnosed. Read guidelines for blood pressure in children.

HEALTH: YOUR FAMILY'S. If you've wondered about the relative benefits of wild salmon and farmed salmon, we ran across an informative source about pros and cons; find it.

Monday, October 9, 2017

OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep, and More

THIS IS OCD AWARENESS WEEK. According to The International OCD Foundation, about 1 in 200 children have OCD, which the organization says is about the same number of children with diabetes. Find out more about OCD Awareness Week.

READING, MATH DIFFICULTIES CONNECTED? Education Week wrote about recent research findings indicating that students with dyslexia often have problems with math, and that interventions helping one of the difficulties might help with the other. Read more.

SENG "MINI-CONFERENCE." The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted has scheduled a one-day conference for November 18 at Bridges Academy in Studio City, California. If you're in the LA area, find out more.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE AT THE PEDIATRICIAN'S. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation comments on research results released last summer on the effectiveness of interventions for anxiety and depression given in the pediatrician's office. BBRF says, "Children who received this treatment responded better than those who were referred to outpatient mental health care..." and that "One way to improve access to mental health care may be by delivering it at a place where children are more likely to visit—the pediatrician’s office." Read more.

ALSO ON ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, a new study has provided the strongest evidence to date that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later. However, the study also showed that the detrimental effects of bullying decreased over time. Find out more.

AND MORE: Teenagers who start high school before 8:30 a.m. are at higher risk of depression and anxiety, even if they're doing everything else right to get a good night's sleep, a recent study suggests. Find the study write-up.

AND MORE ON SLEEP. Australian researchers tracked over 3600 young people over seven years, finding that more than 25 percent reported sleep problems. Different factors seemed to cause problems at different ages, but the researcher noted that depression and anxiety were included among the causes: "It's a vicious circle. Depression and anxiety are well-established risk factors for sleep problems and people with sleep problems are often anxious or depressed." Read more.

HOW MANY OF YOU are confident that you know how to bring up your children in exactly the right way? That's the lead-off question in a TED talk on parenting, inspired by findings in a 70-year longitudinal study of children in Britain. The parent/scientist/journalist talked about factors that seem to lead to "success" in child development -- such as parents talking to the children, or putting the children to bed at a regular time -- and also about factors working against success -- such as being born poor. However, while the line "choose your parents very carefully" got a laugh during the talk, even children born into poor circumstances were affected positively by certain parental behaviors. Find the talk, and know that (for those who read faster than they listen) there's also a transcript (although you'll miss listening to a nice British accent, which most of us in America enjoy).

Friday, October 6, 2017

Resources, a Couple Newsletters, and More

NEAR CHICAGO? Know that Scott Barry Kaufman, author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, which has a message concerning learning differences and potential, is speaking at a free event on Monday, October 7, in Glen Ellyn. The event is from 7-8:30 and sponsored by the Glenbard Parent Series. If you're in the 2e community and haven't heard Kaufman speak, you're missing a treat. Find out more.

THERAPISTS WHO WORK WITH KIDS provide 21 truths in a piece at BuzzFeed. The therapists in question are from the NYU Child Study Center and from the Mayo Clinic. Example: "Kids as young as 2 can start showing signs of an anxiety or a behavior disorder." Find the other 20.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY. From NCLD: "The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education." Chances are you know such a student. Find out more.
PD RESOURCE. Landmark College, which caters to students who learn differently, offers a variety of resources and PD for educators. An online course coming up is titled "Academic Strategies and Executive Function Supports for Students with LD, ADHD, and ASD." Find out more.
GIFTED & DISTRACTIBLE, the newsletter from With Understanding Comes Calm, is out in its October edition. It starts off, "There is so much trauma in the world right now; nature-made and human-made. Anxiety reduces everyone's ability to be their best selves.This issue of Gifted & Distractible encourages positive assumptions, strengthening relationships and understanding our children/students so we can be there when they need us." As usual, the newsletter is filled with pointers and tidbits relevant to the 2e community. Find the newsletter.
TiLT PARENTING's newest podcast is described this way by TiLT's founder: "Today I’m excited to be bringing to the podcast Peter Shankman, a multiple-startup founder, best-selling author, and the creator of Faster Than Normal, a leading ADD/ADHD podcast, focusing on the benefits of being gifted with ADD/HD, which describes who Peter is." Find the podcast.
LOOKING TO HELP YOUR CHILD deal with his or her ADHD? Researchers have discovered that brief online or in-person behavioral therapy for parents is equally effective in improving children's behavior and parental knowledge -- a potential game changer for parents strapped for time and access. Read more.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Identifying that "e," Dyslexia, Anxiety, Events, Research, More

DID IT TAKE A WHILE for you to figure out your child's "e's"? Don't feel bad -- Tony Atwood, a prominent psychologist who is, according to the Guardian, "known for his knowledge of Asperger syndrome in children," finally realized when his son was 35 that he (the son) had Asperger's. The breakthrough: watching some old home movies that showed Atwood trying to interact with his 4yo son. His son eventually developed severe anxiety, then drug dependence, for which he has been imprisoned. Read the article.

FEEL-GOOD STORY. A young woman with dyslexia struggled with science, and had a chemistry teacher who discouraged her ambition to be an anesthesiologist. Later, after having children, she decided to try nursing school. Go read a Marketplace transcript to find out what happened next.

ANXIETY IN TEENS. From an NPR story: "Teens and children struggling with anxiety are often prescribed medication or therapy to treat their symptoms. For many, either drugs or therapy is enough, but some young people can't find respite from anxious thoughts. For them, a study suggests that using both treatments at once can help." Find it.

BEAUTIFUL MINDS, the newsletter from Scott Barry Kaufman, is out in its October edition. It points to a variety of podcasts, interviews, videos, articles, and other resources of possible interest to those in the 2e community. For example, there's a pointer to an article on introversion and extroversion; to a video by Scott Barry Kaufman on the limits of IQ testing; and to an interview on the topic of grit. Find the newsletter.

EVENTS. Coming up:
  • An October 5th webinar from Understood titled "Evidence-based Approaches to Help Kids with Dyslexia"; find out more
  • A live, free event on October 4th in Sacramento, California, by the UC Davis MIND Institute titled "Navigating a New Autism Spectrum Diagnosis." find out more.
  • And an October 5th webinar from SENG, "Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children," featuring James Webb, SENG's founder and lead author of a book by the same name; find out more. (SENG has its own name for webinars, preferring to call them SENGinars. This one, however, is truly a "Webb-inar." 😃)
RESEARCH.
  • The microbiome and emotions. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has posted on how microbes in our gut affect emotions. Find it
  • Video gamers. Neuropsychologists let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning.Find the study write-up

SELF-CARE FOR PARENTS of 2e kiddos -- that's the topic of Jen the Blogger's latest piece.It's called, "Caring for Your Soul in this Age of Fear." Need that advice? Find it.