Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2e in "The Literature"; Depression; Call for Book Chapters; More

WELCOME to our first post of 2018! And it's a relief to be in the new year and escape all of those late-2017 requests for donations.

SEEING AND SUPPORTING TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS is the title of an academic paper just published in the journal The Educational Forum. Authored by Chin-Wen Lee and Jennifer Ritchotte, of the University of Louisville and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively, the article lays out four topics, according to its abstract: "Part 1 delineates the evolution of the legislative acts and professional initiatives regarding twice exceptionality. Part 2 discusses the educational rights of twice-exceptional learners. Part 3 presents challenges to understanding and supporting this student population, followed by a call for ongoing personnel training in Part 4." Find the article. Separately, a 2014 academic article titled "Being Twice Exceptional: Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities" just came to our attention. The article covers issues with and interventions for 2e students. Find the article.

DEPRESSION. If depression is a factor with your 2e kiddo, and if you struggle to understand the causes and treatment, you'll be interested in a Quartz article on the topic which takes a contrarian stance to the common "chemical imbalance" cause of depression and SSRI treatment. From the article: "Depression is real. The theory that it’s caused by chemical imbalances is false. Three decades since the antidepressants that helped spread this theory arrived on the market, we need to remodel both our understanding and treatment of depression." Find the article. (But confer with your clinician.)

CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS. From an invitation to contribute to a proposed book to be titled Twice Exceptional (2e) Beyond Learning Disabilities: "Most of the existing literature about the twice-exceptional population focuses exclusively on gifted students with learning disabilities. Little has been written about those with physical disabilities. To address this gap, this book will cover a range of physical disabilities, both those present at birth and those acquired subsequently." Intrigued? Find out more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has announced that the application deadline for its 2018 Youth Achievement Award has been extended until January 31. Smart Kids says this: "These awards, celebrating the terrific accomplishments of young people with LD and ADHD are not reserved solely for college-bound high school seniors: Any student 19 or younger is welcome to apply." Find out more.

GIFTED HOMESCHOOLERS FORUM reminds us that its next round of online classes begin January 22. Topics inclue anthropology, computing, math, botany, and more. Find out more. (GHF strives to be 2e-inclusive.)

TiLT PARENTING'S most recent podcast is titled "How to Navigate the High School to College Transition." Remember, TiLT is all about parenting "differently-wired" kids. Find the podcast.

VIDEO GAMES. Here's a CNN headline for you: "WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018." According to CNN, the disorder is defined as a "persistent or recurrent behavior pattern of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning." Read more.

TED ON PARENTING. On finding that balance between too much and too little parenting, TED offers five tips, starting with "Give your kids things they can own and control." The other four seem equally as consideration-worthy. Find the tips.

PERFECTIONISM. NewsWise notes a study finding that perfectionism among young people has significantly increased in the past decades, and that it can have negative effects on psychological health. Find the study write-up.

PROCRASTINATION. Are you still meaning to get a copy of Bob Seney: On Books to use to find reading ideas for that 2e kiddo you know? The introductory price for the newest booklet in the Spotlight on 2e Series is still just $10, but it'll go up sometime. Find out more.

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