MORE READING. IDEA mavens can find The 39th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online. The Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA), which pointed us to the report, says, "The report describes our nation’s progress in (1) providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with disabilities under IDEA, Part B, and early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families under IDEA, Part C; (2) ensuring that the rights of these children with disabilities and their parents are protected; (3) assisting states and localities in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and (4) assessing the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities." Find the report.
AND ANOTHER REPORT. The Child Mind Institute has posted its "2017 Children's Mental Health Report," featuring the teen years. Find it.
JONATHAN MOONEY and psychologist Dan Peters talk in a recent "Parent Footprint" podcast. The podcast intro says, "Dr. Dan and Jonathan have a deep and deeply moving discussion about self-advocacy, why students should have a participatory role in their own education, the empowerment that comes from choices, and so much more. Jonathan also talks about his inspiring mother, his challenging relationship with his own father, differences don’t have to be deficits or less than, and the impact of shame." Find it.
TiLT PARENTING's newest podcast is an "Asher Special." Debbie Reber says, "In this new Kid’s POV special, Asher and I talk about areas of interest, as in, what it’s like for Asher to have a deep area of interest, how he’d like me as his parent to support his interests, why he gets interested in the things he does, and more. So if you have a child who likes to dive deep into things — Legos or dinosaurs or trains or bugs — you might gain some useful insights from our conversation." Find the podcast.
SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES takes on some common myths about special ed. For example: if you get passing grades, you don't need special ed. Or: anxiety doesn't qualify you for special ed. Find the myths and explanations.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: DEPRESSION
- From Science Daily: A recent article explores how a protein named CK2 could play a key role in the formulation of new antidepressants that work more efficiently and faster for more people. The study authors "are the first ones to identify CK2 as a modulator of a serotonin receptor, 5-HT4. Manipulation of CK2 in the brain decreases depressive and anxious states through the 5-HT4 receptor." Find the study write-up.
- From NewsWise: Depression "education" can help teens affected with the condition. Johns Hopkins University has a long-running depression literacy program that enabled participants to be more knowledgeable, and, therefore, presumably likely to seek help. Read more.
- From Physician's Briefing: A study indicates that teens with depression who did not want to take antidepressants, or who quit taking them, can be helped in a cost-effective way by cognitive behavioral therapy. Find the study write-up.