Friday, January 5, 2018

ASD, Psuedoscience Versus Real, Resources, and More

GIFTED (AND 2e) ED IN OHIO now comes under new operating standards, according to an article at The new standards provide for automatic screening for giftedness twice during elementary school, but also allow parents, teachers, or students to request screening at any time. Twice-exceptional students are recognized as, well, under-recognized. The article points out that while students with disabilities must receive services, there is no such mandate for schools to provide services especially for the gifted. So the catch is: schools are required to identify gifted students -- but not to provide services for them. Read more.

ITAG 2e WORKSHOP. Registration is now open for the April 13-14 workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, aimed at educators and administrators. Find out more

ASD PEAKING? The Los Angeles Times reports on research indicating that diagnoses of autism in children might have plateaued over the last few years, with about 2.4 percent of children having such a diagnosis. Boys and non-Latino whites were diagnosed more frequently than other groups. Read more

NEW 2e-FRIENDLY SCHOOL. Families in the vicinity of Arlington, Virginia, might be interested in knowing about the Sycamore School, which evidently opened last fall. A colleague in the 2e community whose judgment we respect says of the school's founder, "She gets our people." Find out more.

PSEUDOSCIENCE. Members of the 2e community are sometimes in a tough spot when it comes to mainstream science versus non-traditional science. Sometimes members find answers that seem to work in unexpected places. But we think it's probably good to pay attention to the science we get from mainstream doctors versus what might come our way through social media or celebrity. An article by an MD in The New York Times provides perspective on what to be careful about -- and why. Find the article.

GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE has published its January newsletter. Julie Skolnick describes the issue this way: "In this month's issue, read about what it's like to be an empath in Julie's blog, Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings, and check out articles and information for parents, educators, 2e adults and practitioners. Each resource speaks to living and teaching without regret." Find the newsletter.

MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS is the topic of three recent articles that have come our way. Two are from NAGC, both by Michele Kane. There's "Helping Your Child Manage Stress through Mindfulness"; find it. And then there's "Stressed Out? Mindfulness Works"; find it. In The New York Times you can find "basic tips for children and adults of all ages, as well as several activities that develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy." Find the Times article.

DEPRESSION. Medical News Today reports on new research on identifying who might or might not have a positive response to antidepressant treatment. Evidently the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is a major player here. Researchers say, "Intriguingly, we finally show that GR-regulated genes are significantly enriched in this cluster of antidepressant-response genes, pointing to the involvement of GR sensitivity as a potential key mechanism in shaping transcriptional changes and clinical response to antidepressant treatment." (Whew!) Read more.

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