Monday, February 26, 2018

ADHD Treatment "Myth Busting"; Depression Treatment; and Resources for Educators, Parents

MAVERICK? PSEUDOSCIENTIST? Psychologist Devon MacEachron, in Part 2 of her "Myth Busters: Alternative Therapies for 2e Learners," takes on the Amen Clinics. Dr. Daniel Amen has a chain of clinics and purports to treat ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, etc, etc. Using her own family's experience with one of the clinics as well as her PhD background, MacEachron lays out three reasons why she wouldn't recommend the treatment... and backs that up with opinions from two prominent experts in the field of mental health. Find Myth Busters.

AND SPEAKING OF ADHD, Smart Kinds with Learning Disabilities has a new post centering on the question, "Is Your Child (with ADHD) Ready for Babysitting." Find it.

DEPRESSION. NewsWise has posted an article on the evidence (and cautions) concerning the use of ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression, especially in patients who seem "treatment-resistant." Also discussed: other drugs in the "glutamatergic" category. Find the article. Separately, The Atlantic just published an interview with the author of Blue Dreams, which "explores the history of antidepressants, the science behind them, and the novel treatments that might soon replace them. " The interview focuses on SSRIs and their effectiveness (or lack thereof). It touches on psychedelics for use in the treatment of depression. And it makes an interesting point about the supposed targeted, "site-specific" nature of treatment with SSRIs: "...it’s almost preposterous to think that you can target just the serotonin system in the brain, because the serotonin system is linked to the dopamine system, which is linked to the norepinephrine system, which is linked to the other neurotransmitter systems." Think about that for a while. Find the interview.

FOR EDUCATORS OF THE GIFTED, the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has an annual Fellowship Program in Gifted Education. This year the program is from June 24-29. The organizers say, "Participants live on campus for a week, collaborating with others who have a commitment to understanding more about high-ability learners, as well as understanding research-based strategies that facilitate authentic talent development among their district’s most capable students." Find out more.

2e SUMMER CAMP. The Quad Manhattan runs a six-week summer day camp for twice-exceptional children; age grouping range from pre-K/K to 7th grade and up. Find out more.

SENG is offering a weekly online parent support event on the topic of 2e parenting. The group runs from February 27 through April 3. Find out more. This is through SENG Connect, a variety of services available to paid SENG members free of additional charge. Find out more about membership.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Items about Policy and Law

EDUCATION FUNDING. The National Center for Education Statistics has released a report and database showing how much each state spends on education and where those funds come from. Total education spending on K-12 schools in the US in the recent year analyzed: $628 billion. Education Week reported on this; find it and find your state. (The interactive database tool also displays the changes in funding sources (state, local, federal) between 1990 and now.)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. A recent survey showed that while Americans have an overhelmingly favorable opinions about the Postal Service, about 42 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Department of Education. What's the deal? The research doesn't say; find it.

K-12 529 PLANS AND THE STATES. Now that 529 plans are allowed to provide a vehicle for parents to save for K-12 education expenses and spend. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 30 states provide tax breaks for those who contribute -- but the worry is that more of those breaks will decrease total state revenue. Read the article.

IMPLEMENTNG SCHOOL SAFETY. The organization Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys posted its position on school safety and looks at what schools can do, part of which is making sure IDEA is fully implemented to help those who might become marginalized. It also notes, "Schools can build strong social, emotional, and behavioral programs." The statement goes on to note that the most recent federal funding proposal would reduce funding for programs aligned with these efforts. Find the statement. Separately, US News notes, "President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas." Find the US News article.

AND FINALLY, THIS, from Science Daily: "A new research report shows that a high ranking in the Human Development Index is connected with the availability of mental health services. In a comparison between 17 European and Asian countries, Norway, Switzerland and Finland had the highest ratio of child and adolescent psychiatrists." The study didn't include the United States. The best ratios of availability were around one child psychiatrist for every 2100 children. Find the study. In the United States, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, there are 8300 child psychiatrists. With an estimated child population of 73 million, the ratio of psychiatrists is one to about 8800 children.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lots of Pointers to Blogs/Podcasts, Other Resources

BLOG HOP. The folks at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum have posted another "blog hop," this one about "The Light at the End of the Tunnel." And the blogs are not just about gifted... or homeschooling... but also about "differently wired" kids -- like ours. Go to "the hop," which includes some of our favorite writers.

TiLT PARENTING'S newest podcast is "A 'Masterclass' in Executive Functioning," with Seth Perter. Debbie Reber says, "In this episode, Seth shares with us his protocol for setting up a child for success in their developing executive functioning skills. In part 2 next week, Seth will go in-depth into his specific strategies surrounding building these skills in school and in life." Find the podcast.

BULLYING. A "Mind Matters" podcast on bullying features 2e Newsletter contributor Cathy Risberg, who with the podcast host discuss "the impact of bullying on the learning ability and environment of gifted kids." Find the podcast.

THE BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION sponsors a video series titled "Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein." Topics include concussion and anxiety in youth, among others. Find the series.

GIFTED RESOURCES NEWSLETTER, from Jo Freitag in Australia, is back after a hiatus. Find the current issue and say "welcome back" to Jo.

CONFERENCE. The annual conference of the Association of Educational Therapists is scheduled for October 20-22 in Irvine, California. The theme: 'technology and innovative practice" Chances are you might encounter and educational therapist somewhere in your 2e journey. The organization says, "Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges." Find out more.

UNDERSTOOD offers an article titled "The Difference Between Typical Anxiety and an Anxiety Problem." Find the article.

RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
  • ASD diagnosis. Medical News Today reports on the development of a blood/urine test that predicts ASD with a 92 percent accuracy. Find the study write-up, or read about it in Newsweek
  • Depression treatment. A recent study, a meta-analysis, examined the effectiveness of 21 types of antidepressants. Time says, "The researchers found that every type of antidepressant they studied was more effective at lessening symptoms of depression over time than placebo. They considered a drug “effective” if it reduced depression symptoms by 50% or more." Read more
  • The normal brain. From Science Daily: "There's nothing wrong with being a little weird. Because we think of psychological disorders on a continuum, we may worry when our own ways of thinking and behaving don't match up with our idealized notion of health. But some variability can be healthy and even adaptive, say researchers, even though it can also complicate attempts to identify standardized markers of pathology." Find the study write-up
  • Mental health and pets. From Medical News Today: "A new meta-analysis of 17 academic papers finds evidence that having a pet benefits people with mental health problems. The research also reviews the pet owners' testimonials, laying out the various ways that pets offer them much-needed solace." Read more

Monday, February 19, 2018

Request for Input, Events, Mental Healthcare, More

WE'RE OBSERVING "PRESIDENTS DAY" in the U.S. -- a time to take inspiration from past leaders who have been instrumental in our nation's founding and survival, and to reflect on how much difference an effective president might make on everyday issues important to the 2e community, such as FAPE, mental health, and civil rights. A tip of the hat to George, Abe, and our other illustrious presidents.

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES. The editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter would, for an upcoming issue, like to know what has and hasn’t worked in terms of using online instruction. The editor would like to hear parent stories about the role that online learning resources play in their children’s lives:
  • As their primary means of learning (such as attending a virtual school)
  • As a supplement to homeschooling or classroom learning
  • As a means of pursuing interests or developing talents
Got a story to share? Email "editor" at 2enewsletter.com. Thanks!

2e CENTER SYMPOSIUM. If you didn't attend last October's symposium sponsored by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development in Los Angeles but are curious about what you missed, you can read a "compendium" of the weekend's events online. Find it.

ITAG 2e WORKSHOP. The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association has posted details about its April workshop for educators on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students. Find the details.

MENTAL HEALTHCARE. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has shared comments by a former director of the National Institute for Mental Health on challenges facing mental healthcare in this country. The remarks were by Dr. Pardes at the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium at Weill Cornell Medical College; find them.

2e2: TEACHING THE TWICE EXCEPTIONAL is the name of the sequel to the movie "2e: Twice Exceptional." The first announced screening we've seen of the sequel is at the Whole Child Academy on Long Island on March 15th. Find out more.

ADVOCACY RESOURCE. Wrightslaw puts on workshops across the country, often sponsored by a local organization. Some of the workshops have provisions for scholarships; others are reasonably priced and may even offer a couples package. Spring workshops are scheduled in Florida, Missouri, and Maryland. Find out more about the session in your state.

TECA is offering an encore of a workshop, "Parenting and the Art of War," on March 1st. This is a video conference featuring Neil Weintraub, who TECA says "brings a truly unique perspective to parenting twice exceptional children. Calling upon strategies first laid out in ancient Chinese texts thousands of years ago, Mr. Weintraub outlines a fresh paradigm for thinking about parent-child interactions." Find out more

REMEMBER FENIKS? it's the Dutch 2e drop-out center we wrote about in our coverage of last fall's NAGC convention, and we suggested that readers be on the lookout for the presenters of the session because they were planning on spending months in the U.S. in 2018. An upcoming opportunity is February 21 in San Mateo, California, at a benefit for the Gifted Support Center. Organizers say, "Main topics discussed will be perfectionism, intrinsic motivation, performance anxiety, peer relationships and mindsets." Find out more

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH.
  • Reading and eye exams. From Science Daily: "Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study." Find the study write-up
  • Identifying reading challenges. Education Dive says that new methods of screening can help identify reading challenges earlier. Read more
  • Depression. An article at NewsWise notes the shortage of child psychiatrists but says pediatricians can play an important role in diagnosing and treating depressing in adolescents. Read more

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Endrew F, Personalized Learning, Events, Science, More

ENDREW F. This case continues to reverberate. COPAA, the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, notes that in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision the case went back to a U.S. District court. COPAA says, “The district court affirmed that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Endrew F. does in fact require a ‘new standard’ for determining progress on a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals and that such goals that must be appropriately ambitious and challenging. COPAA has long advocated that every child’s IEP is developed and implemented to ensure educational progress is both the goal and the outcome. Every child with a disability should have the opportunity to achieve commensurate with their non-disabled peers and this new standard requires every state, district and school to do what it takes to make that happen.” Read more. Separately, Understood has released an "Endrew F Advocacy Toolkit." It includes talking points for advocating for a student and a worksheet for improving an IEP. Find the toolkit.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING, something that can help twice-exceptional students -- and all students -- is put in context by an article at the Hechinger Report. Over the past centuries, says the report, education went from being localized to mass produced -- resulting in less flexibility, better quality,and higher access. "Time for the next transformation... from industrial to post-industrial; from mass production to mass personalization; more flexibility, higher quality." The conclusion of the article is that "the future of learning as blended, individuated, fluid and hands-on. Learning science supports his vision. The question is whether schools can be reorganized to do the same." Find the article.

CAG CONFERENCE. The program for the CAG (California Association for the Gifted) annual conference is now online; find it.

SUMMER ADVOCACY INSTITUTE. The annual William and Mary Law Institute of Special Education is scheduled for July 29 to August 3. Says Wrightslaw, "The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law. The program will include 22+ sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.. Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is conversation about "The Art of Screen Time" with Anya 
KamenetzSays TiLT founder Debbie Reber, "In our conversation, Anya shares what she learned about kids and screen time, as well as her takeaways on the latest research surrounding screen time and differently wired kids. I can’t promise this episode will end screen time struggles in your home (if you have them), but it will give you some food for thought regarding how much is too much, what problematic screen usage looks like, and more." Find the podcast.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. This week was federal budget proposal week in the United States. Here are a couple reactions to and analysis of education-related budget proposals.

  • The Council for Exceptional Children frankly doesn't like the education budget proposal, stating "President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal undermines public education and neglects children and youth with exceptionalities, slashing the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by approximately 5.4 percent." Read more
  • The Associated Press says, "School choice advocates will find something to cheer in Trump’s budget," then lists reasons why. It concludes, "Overall, the budget calls for a $7.1 billion, a 10.5 percent decrease from 2017. On the chopping block is $5.9 million in teacher preparation and aftercare programs." Read more. (Scroll down to the "Education" section.)

SCIENCE, RESEARCH
  • New research shows common patterns of genetic activity in five disorders that include autism and depression. Said a researcher, “Psychiatric disorders have no obvious pathology in the brain, but now we have the genomic tools to ask what actually goes awry in these brains.” Read more
  • Other research offers the first solid evidence that functional MRI scans of brain entropy are a new means to understanding human intelligence, according to Science Daily. "NYU School of Medicine researchers used a specialized imaging technology to measure patients' brains for entropy, the variety of nerve circuits used to interpret the surrounding world." Find the study write-up, and be advised: the use of the word "entropy" in the research may be different than you're used to. 
  • OCD is the subject of two recent studies. Newswise says, "UCLA researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — to predict whether people with OCD will benefit from cognitive behavior therapy." Read more. And Science Daily writes, "Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have widespread learning and memory problems, according to new research. The findings have already been used to assist adolescents with OCD obtain the help they needed at school to realize their potential -- including helping one individual go on to university." Find the study write-up
AND FINALLY, THIS, from the American College for Sports Medicine. “Energy drinks are extremely popular and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society,” said John Higgins, MD, FACSM. “Our review of the available science showed that excessive levels of caffeine found in energy drinks can have adverse effects on cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems, as well as psychiatric symptoms. More needs to be done to protect children and adolescents, as well as adults with cardiovascular or other medical conditions.” Read more.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Parental Challenges, 30 Years of 2e, Screen Time, Mooney, More

THOSE RAISING 2e kiddos often feel their families are different than others. How would you feel if someone observed you and your bright ODD child -- or Asperger's child, or SPD child, or ADHD -- in public and called the police because it didn't look like you were bringing up your child correctly? Read about a family who had this experience.

SUSAN WINEBRENNER, a writer and consultant concerned with 2e issues, wrote a piece called "A tale of 2 twice-exceptional learners, 30 years apart." In it, she relates the long-ago story of a gifted but disorganized boy who, with the attention of school staff, was identified and served in a way that allowed him to graduate from high school at 15. Her current example is one of "cluster grouping" that purposefully includes "atypically gifted" students in gifted cluster groupings. It helped a young gifted student with work refusal issues and behavior problems "integrate" into the curriculum. Find Winebrenner's piece.

SCREEN TIME IS ALL RIGHT, at least for this week. That according to an Inc. report on a 20,000-family study in the UK. The lead researcher is quoted: "Our findings suggest that there is little or no support for the theory that digital screen use, on its own, is bad for young children's psychological wellbeing." Read it, and wait to see what research brings us on the topic next week.

JONATHAN MOONEY brings his brand of neurodiversity advocacy to California State University/Channel Islands this week on the 13th. If you're a fan -- or haven't ever heard Mooney -- find out more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABIITIES has a new post titled "ADHD Supports Are Often Ineffective." It refers to a study showing that for most students with with services in IEP or 504 plans, "the supports were not evidence-based practices known to help students with ADHD." Read more.

GIFTEDNESS, ACHIEVEMENT. Last week we pointed to a GHF blog hop on the relationship of giftedness and achievement. By coincidence, a bog at Michigan State University GATE on the meaning of giftedness included a section addressing the question "Are high achievers and gifted learners the same?" Find the blogger's answer.

DOE OCR CASES. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights now has 
on its website a listing of pending cases in K-12 and college institutions. The cases are listed under the headings of race/national origin discrimination; sex discrimination; and -- of most interest to those here -- disability discrimination. Go there to see if a familiar institution is facing investigation.

GIFTED EQUITY. We noted last week that student of color can be underrepresented in gifted programs, and that one of the reasons might be parental unfamiliarity with how to "game" the system. An African-American writer at Black Enterprise gives her perspective on the issue. She writes, "It isn’t enough to be a well-educated parent or high-income. You can have several Ph.D.’s and earn six figures, but what counts is knowing how to work the system, being motivated enough for your children’s sake to persist in working it, and having the means to do so." Read more.

UNDERSTOOD has an upcoming webinar titled "You're Ready to Advocate for Learning and Attention Issues. Now What?" It features experts from NCLD, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and is scheduled for 2pm ET this Thursday. Find out more.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. 
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos held a Q&A with reporters last week about her first year in office, covering topics such as school choice, regulatory rollbacks, ESSA, Congress, and her priorities for 2018. Find the Q&A.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Withholding Special Ed Services; "Resolving" ADHD?; Blog Hop; And More

SPECIAL ED SERVICES can be part of the mix for a 2e student. Remember how the state of Texas capped enrollment in special ed at an arbitrary percentage of the student population? Now it seems that the Chicago Public School system did an "overhaul" two years ago that resulted in a loss of services to the special ed population. The situation was exposed by pubic radio station WBEZ in Chicago, and it can serve as instruction in how a school system -- maybe even yours -- can shirk its federally mandated responsibility to provide a free, appropriate public education to students with learning disabilities, and can obfuscate in the process. Find the article. Special ed attorney Matt Cohen, who has written for 2e Newsletter, is quoted in the article and is part of a coalition demanding a state investigation of Chicago's special ed practices.

HOPE? OR HYPE? Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the Brain Balance Achievement Centers that promise to "help children who have recognized conditions such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, as well as harder-to-pin-down varieties of academic and social struggles." The founder of the centers is Robert Melillo, a chiropractor, who, according to the reportage, specializes in functional neurology.... "Melillo believes he’s developed a cure for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism—although he wouldn’t use the word 'cure.' Where establishment doctors see chronic disability, Melillo sees an imbalance in the brain, a lag in development and connectivity on one side or the other that can be, in his preferred term, 'resolved.'" He charges lots, and parents are evidently paying. Find the article. (One quote from the article about the lack of research underlying Brain Balance's methods: "Just because something’s not proven, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.")

BLOG HOP! Gifted Homeschoolers Forum hosts blogs hops in which bloggers address a particular topic from their particular perspectives. A current topic is "Why Is High-Achieving Synonymous with Being Gifted?" Sounds like lots of room for discussion there. Find the blogs -- at the hop. ("Well, you can rock it you can roll it / You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop..." 😃)

TiLT PARENTING'S latest podcast is with Michelle Garcia Winner on social thinking. TiLT's founder Debbie says, "In our conversation, we talk about the concept of social thinking—what it is and why it matters for our kids, how it can be taught and learned, how we as parents can nurture social thinking in our kids, and much more." Find the podcast.

UNDERSTOOD offers an article on "How to Decode Teacher Comments for Signs of Learning and Attention Issues." If you read this blog or 2e Newsletter, chances are pretty good you already have a concern with those issues, but the article might provide clarity when you hear comments such as “The stories he tells are great, but I don’t see nearly the same detail and imagination in his writing journal." Find the article. Separately, Understood has an upcoming "Expert Chat" on ADHD and executive functioning issues. Find out more.

FOR GIFTED ADVOCACY MAVENS. NAGC has scheduled its 2018 Leadership and Advocacy Conference for March 18-20 in Washington, DC. Find out more.

ADHD RESEARCH. From Science Daily: "Five novel genetic variants associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have been identified by exploiting genetic overlap between ADHD and educational attainment." Find the study write-up.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Advocacy, Playtime, Parenting, More

CELEBRITY IN THE HEARTLAND. The Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph reports that Patricia Palacco visited a local elementary school last week. As Bob Seney fans know, Palacco writes children's literature, some of which is especially appropriate for 2e kiddos because she is dyslexic. She told the class, ““If you’re getting special help, you stick out your chest. If he were alive now, Albert Einstein would be in that room with you. “Every single one of you is gifted, but we don’t open our gifts at the same time. Cut yourself some slack.” Find the article, and find Seney's reviews of her books at our website.

PLAYTIME for kids is something to take seriously. At The New York Times, read about research on play and what the experts say. From the article: "As children get older, we need to keep an eye on whether their schools give them time to play, we need to help them go on engaging with the world around them, and we might even be able to make that world a better environment for learning and play." Find the article.

PLAY, EDUCATION, MORE. But over at Education Dive, we get a slightly less varnished view of play from Sir Ken Robinson as part of an address at the 38th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference. "Play is also important in feeding collaboration and creativity, but Robinson noted the conformity, compliance and competition reform approach, interwoven with digital culture, has seen play fall by the wayside to the point that some experts act as if there's been some sort of breakthrough when it's reintroduced and improves performance." His wit was apparent in other topics he addressed, for example noting that the educational testing business has revenue exceeding that of the National Football League and then claiming “And none of it has led to an iota of improvement in schools themselves, or in the motivation of kids or the morale of teachers." Find the article to get a new perspective on education... and play.

PARENTING THE TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL can be difficult, as we all are aware. A guest blogger at ADDitude offers tips for keeping the marriage together during such parenting. The title is, “Raising an Extreme Child Requires an Extreme Marriage.” Find the blog.

GIFTED EQUITY. ABC News reports on one form of gifted inequity, where African-American and Hispanic students may miss out on opportunities for gifted programs because of the expense of private evaluations or the knowledge of the appeals process that might secure a seat at prestigious magnet schools. Read more.

INTERVENTIONS FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY. From Medscape: "A single-session intervention (SSI) can produce long-lasting reductions in depression, anxiety, and internalizing problems in high-risk adolescents, new research shows.... Results showed that compared to the control intervention, the mindset intervention significantly improved depression and anxiety. The benefits continued through the 9-month follow-up period." Find the study write-up.

DON'T FORGET about the advocacy resources at the site of 2e Newsletter -- articles, books, and more on parental advocacy and self-advocacy for that 2e kiddo. Find it.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Equity in Gifted Ed, Service Providers for 2e, Old School Buses, and More

EQUITY IN GIFTED ED. The Fordham Institute released a report yesterday calling for universal screening for giftedness in children to ensure equitable access to gifted ed for children in varying demographics. NAGC, which has its own initiatives for equity, praised the release of the report. Find NAGC's comments. From there you can find more about the report -- and a link to the report itself. (And such universal screening would also presumably reveal you-know-what.)

TECA, Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy, has launched a 2e service provider database. The organization says, "We at TECA know first hand the frustration of continually searching for providers who understand our kids, and parents frequently contact us seeking recommendations for doctors, therapists, schools and other resources that can appropriately address the needs of their children." Find the database. (And keep in mind that a similar 2e Newsletter database can probably complement the TECA offering.)

STRENGTHS-BASED EDUCATION is at the core of what 2e-friendly schools like Bridges Academy do. An article at Edutopia shows how a public school teacher came to focus on the positive. "This light bulb moment made me realize that instead of mirroring students’ attitudes, fears, and anxieties, I needed to show them something different. For this reason, focusing on the positive is one of my most effective teaching techniques." Read more.

2e CONFERENCE. The 2018 edition of "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education" is on May 10-12 in New York City. The organizers have released additional information about speakers also a call for presentation proposals. Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is a conversation with ADHD and autism parent coach Penny Williams. Debbie Reber says, "In our conversation, Penny shares her story of raising her differently wired son, gives us the inside scoop on her books, and shares some of her best strategies for getting through the tough moments with our unique kiddos." Find the podcast.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. In the U.S. president's state of the union address this week, observers were looking for clues regarding education policy and law. CEC's Policy Insider noted what was in the address... and what was not. Read more.

ADHD RESEARCH AND NEWS
  • Science Daily: "Amid a steady rise in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD, debate is brewing whether the condition may be a sleep disorder." Read more
  • Understood offers a piece titled "ADHD and Aggression: What You Need to Know." Find it
  • NewsWise: "Florida State University researchers are seeing promising results from “video games” they created as a potential new option to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder without medication." Read more
  • The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders ponders the question "Can improved research designs answer questions that come up between doctors and patients, like better understanding the risks and benefits of prescription medicine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?" See what they have to say
  • And MD Magazine: "Analysis of data from the largest nationally drawn sample of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) collected in the past 2 decades revealed medication and school supports are more commonly provided than psychosocial treatments, and that rates of treatments vary between some demographic groups." Read more
AND FINALLY, THIS. What can you do with an old school bus? Lots of things, if an article at District Administration is any indication. In one district, creative ideas included "a bookmobile, mobile food pantry, an art center, and a space to reward positive behavior." Other districts see maker spaces, STEM labs, and a food bus. Read more.