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.

  • 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

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