Sunday, March 18, 2018

ADHD Items, Online Summits, Dan Peters, and More

IN PRAISE OF ADHD is the title of an article at the New York Times, whose author suggests that "Some people with A.D.H.D. may be naturally suited to our turbocharged world." He points to genetics-based research which suggests that a certain ADHD-linked gene variant may be valuable in certain environments. Find the article.

TWO ONLINE "SUMMITS" relevant to twice-exceptionality are scheduled in the next month or so. The first, Raising Children with Challenges," is to be held March 20-22. It's free, and suggests that you'll be interested if you give affirmative answers to questions such as "Is your child a little quirky or differently-wired?" Find out more. The second, on April 25-30, is called "The Bright and Quirky Child Online Summit." It promises strategies to help your child thrive. Content will be free on the days of the presentations, for-fee afterward. Find out more.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. On March 27, ADDitude will present a webinar titled "Screen Time for the ADHD Brain: Technology Rules and Systems for Easily Distracted Teens." The title seems so say it all. Find out more.

KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION is the topic of a new article at the site of the Dana Foundation. If depression is an issue at your house, check out the article.

DAN PETERS, psychologist and co-founder of California's Summit Center, has a hand in three recent offerings. One is a "Parent Footprint" podcast with Greg Pincus, author of The Homework Strike and someone familiar with issues relevant to our community. Find the podcast. Peters also authored a timely article at Psychology Today, "How Do We Talk about School Shootings to Gifted Kids." Find the article. Thirdly, Peters' Parent Footprint podcast with Scott Barry Kaufmann is still available; it's about the recently-released book Kaufmann edited (with contributors such as Peters) titled Twice Exceptional. Find the podcast.

SENG MINI-CONFERENCE. SENG has been hosting what it calls "mini-conferences" around the country, and has one coming up on May 5 in Seattle. Find out more about the topics, presenters, and other details.

CONFERENCE RECAP. Those who missed the recent Diamonds in the Rough conference put on by the Weinfeld Group can find a recap and photos at the conference site.

RIP STEPHEN HAWKING. Here's a Hawking quote, courtesy of Valerie Strauss' "Answer Sheet" column: "At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. It was a very bright class. My classwork was very untidy, and my handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein, so presumably they saw signs of something better. When I was twelve, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything. I don’t know if this bet was ever settled, and if so, which way it was decided." — 2013, “My Brief History.' Find more Hawking quotes collected by Strauss.

ADHD DRUGS, MOOD. A new study indicates that at least some ADHD drugs increase the amount of glutamate in certain areas of the brain, which is followed by increases in positive emotion. Find the study write-up.

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