Monday, June 4, 2018

Gifted Going to College; ADHD Treatments; Mental Health; and More

SENDING A GIFTED KIDDO TO COLLEGE is the subject of a new post by psychologist Gail Post at "Gifted Challenges." She describes families unprepared for the competitive nature of college admissions; and the lack of appropriate guidance from school or even parents. She offers tips on helping a young person plan for college and finding colleges t hat offer the right fit. Find the blog, and be advised that you, dear parent, have some important responsibilities. Related to this is a post a month or so ago at Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities about  the pitfalls of college for students with LDs; find it.

ADHD TREATMENTS

  • Reuters Health reports on a study: "Researchers examined results from 54 studies of non-pharmaceutical ADHD treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, special diets, and supplements like omega-3 fatty acids. Overall, these studies were too small, brief or varied in how they measured results for researchers to draw firm conclusions about which approaches might actually work for kids with ADHD." Read more
  • On the other hand, an article in the Orlando Sentinel described a family in which the parents wanted to avoid medication to treat ADHD, using therapies like a diet free of gluten, sugar, and dairy. The article says, "Most experts agree that the combination of medication and holistic approaches, including behavioral therapy, exercise and talk therapy, offer the strongest treatment plan for most children," and then goes on to quote experts who may prioritize yoga and herbal supplements above medications. Read more
  • And then there's the possibility of using virtual reality as an ADHD treatment to lessen distractibility. ADHD expert David Rabiner, in an analysis of a study involving VR, noted that while it might have improved task performance, it did not change parent ratings of ADHD symptoms -- this in contrast to studies involving medication. Read more
  • The upshot? Try to figure out what's right for your situation... with the guidance of a professional. 

MENTAL HEALTH issues are now "a leading cause of disease burden in children aged 5 to 14 years" in both Europe and the Americas, according to recent research. What's more, the prevalence is not decreasing, as it is with other preventable diseases. Read more. On the same topic, an article at Psychology Today suggests that integrative behavior health is a promising way to deal with mental health problems in young people. With this approach, behavioral interventions are delivered to children by a pediatrician. Read more.

PAYING TEACHERS. In an interesting choice of headline wording, Education Week says that "Nearly Half of Public School Teachers Are Satisfied with their Salaries." Why the headline wasn't "More than Half of Public School Teachers Are Not Satisfied with their Salaries" we'll never know. On the same topic at the Washington Post, a headline says, "New polls find more Americans say teachers are underpaid -- and many would pay higher taxes to fix it." You can find out more about how much teachers get paid, and paid in your state -- at this link


LAST WEEK, TED.COM featured talks that might be of interest to that young person you raise or teach -- or to YOU. The Talk of the Week is by a young woman who at age 13 became the youngest winner of Google's Science Fair by inventing a "smart bandage" to track wound healing. And the Playlist of the Week consists of four talks on introversion, often a trait in the gifted/2e community. Of the four talks, one might appeal especially to young, would-be activists... and another especially to young tech geeks.

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