Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2e Achiever, Overdiagnosis of ADHD, SEL, Growing Up 2e, More

GROWING UP POOR, LD, AND BLACK... and becoming an orthopedic surgeon is a good trick. The surgeon describes at the site of The Good Men Project three C's that help him be a better father -- communication, compassion, and compromise. He doesn't describe his LD in the piece but throws in a powerful story about saving lives. Find the piece.

ADHD OVERDIAGOSED? Jerome Kagan of Harvard is a developmental psychologist who is ranked as one of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. Looking back on his career in an interview with Der Spiegel (it's in English), he expresses doubts about quick diagnoses and resulting pharmacological treatment for conditions such as ADHD and depression. His positions are nuanced but certainly worth reading. Find the interview.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING as a way to get schools to fit the kids is the topic of an article at Education Dive. The thesis: "Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help all students achieve — not just those who have experienced trauma or have behavior issues. SEL also creates a school culture that is 'inclusive of and responsive to' diversity." Find the article.

DYSLEXIA, ADVOCACY, LEARNING TO READ. An NPR article describes how a group of Ohio parents, with the help of a special ed attorney, took on a school district that was not identifying dyslexic students nor helping them read in the proper way. The article explains the difference between the "whole language" approach to teaching reading versus a phonics-based approach. Find the article.

UNDERSTOOD offers a "Parent Journey" blog posting about a young man diagnosed with ADHD at age 6 and some of his resultant trials and tribulations on the way to young adulthood. His mother recounts a moment at age 21 when he said, "“I’m tired of having ADHD. I thought it would be gone by now.” His mother took it as a sign of self-awareness and resilience. Find the blog posting.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers an insightful first-person account from a young adult about his struggles with ADHD and AS/NLD. He concludes: "To others who share challenges similar to those I’ve described here, know you’re not alone. There is a path forward that includes accepting your strengths and weakness, working on improving the areas that you can, and finding places that bring out the best in you." Find the account.

EQUITY IN GIFTED ED. Some prominent members of the National Association for Gifted Children have drafted a document titled "A Culturally Relevant Equity-based Bill of Rights for Students of Color." One of the authors introduces the document this way: "Each year, over 500,000 Black and Hispanic students lack access to gifted education services and programs... This Bill of Rights was envisioned with the singular goal of effecting change based on equity and cultural responsiveness. " It involves rights concerning advocacy, access, the nature of gifted programs, educators, curriculum, social/emotional issues, and family/community. Check it out.

TiLT PARENTING, in its 99th podcast, talks to Barry Prizant about his book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. From the preview: "As you listen to our conversation, you’ll know exactly why I was so excited to bring Barry onto the show. He is at the forefront of the revolution in helping to change the way neurodiversity is perceived in the world and frankly I’m just so grateful there are people like him in the world doing this critical work." Find the podcast.

FLEXSCHOOL EXPANSION. The founder and co-founder of FlexSchool, currently a 2e-friendly, two-school learning network in New Jersey and Connecticut, are holding an information session in Rye, New York, on March 21 to explore interest for a third campus in the Northern New Jersey or Westchester County, New York, area. Find out more.

IEP RESEARCH. A recent study explored "how educators wrote, used and conceptualized the role of IEPs for students with specific learning disabilities within inclusive general education settings." The results? "...the content of the students' IEPs offered limited guidance on providing students with special education supports and services," said the researcher. Read more.

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