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for Exceptional Children says, "After an initial review by CEC, it appeared that the 72 guidance documents were either outdated or unnecessary as there has been subsequent policy established either through the Reauthorization of IDEA, including the promulgation of regulations and guidance that supersedes the 'outdated' policies."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.

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