Monday, June 18, 2018

Impulsive & Excitable; ACT & SAT?; "To My Class Clown"; and More

AN IMPULSIVE, EXCITABLE 7-year-old is the focus of an advice column at the Washington Post. Mom says, "He was doing okay, but it gets worse as the school year winds down and they are doing more fun, less-structured activities. I can help him at home, but it seems like his excitability and inability to manage his emotions are getting worse as he gets older." The columnist reminds us that impulsivity is a hallmark of childhood and discusses the maturation process, then offers a plan for dealing with the issues. The plan includes getting some testing, involving the school, and more. Importantly, the columnist writes: "Know this exploration is not a way to change your son; instead this is what parents and caretakers do to support the child we have in front of us." Find the column.

COLLEGE: NEED THAT ACT OR SAT? The University of Chicago is joining a few other institutions in eliminating the requirement that applicants submit ACT or SAT scores. According to USA Today, "The new policy, which is being implemented starting with the Class of 2023, is meant to help even the playing field for students coming from low-income and underrepresented communities, university officials said." Read more.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. In light of a couple recent high-profile suicides, the Child Mind Institute reminds site visitors of its parent's guide to helping a child in distress, "What to Do If You're Worried About Suicide." Hopefully you're not in need of this, but here it is.

WCGTC BIENNIAL CONFERENCE. Time flies, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children has announced the dates a location for its 2019 conference -- July 24-28 in Nashville, USA. Find out more.

ADDITUDE points to an article posted on its site -- can't tell if it's new or not -- titled "Culture Vs. Biology: What Really Causes ADHD?" Their article "tease" invites the reader to "Contrast and compare the controversial new theory that our fast-paced, stressed-out, consumer-driven lives cause ADHD with other scientific evidence to the contrary." Find the article.


  • Reading, dyslexia. From Newswise: "Using MRI measurements of the brain's neural connections, or “white matter,” UW researchers have shown that, in struggling readers, the neural circuitry strengthened — and their reading performance improved — after just eight weeks of a specialized tutoring program." Find the study write-up
  • Depression. From Science Daily: "A simple, in-office EEG-based test can help determine if a depressed patient will do better on antidepressants or talk therapy." Find the study write-up
  • Autism. From the Deccan Chronicle: "Children with ASD are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have it, according to the study from the University of Iowa.." Find the study write-up

EDUCATION WEEK TEACHER contains a letter written by a teacher to her class at the end of the school year. In it, she addresses her "class clown," her "quiet one," her "daydreamers and slow workers," and others -- and seems to have kind, understanding, encouraging words for all of them. Her great attitude toward her students is summarized in one of her concluding lines: "I wish I had more time with all you to watch you grow into the best versions of yourselves." Find the letter.

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