Thursday, June 7, 2018

Parent's 2e Resource, Newsletters & Podcasts, Education, Anxiety

WOW! IS WHAT WE THOUGHT when we looked through the resource guide for parents on twice-exceptionality published by the Davidson Institute. It's a 57-page PDF available on this link. It's divided into eight sections:
  1. Defining Twice-Exceptionality, noting the varying definitions of 2e and offering a parent tool to "write your own 2e definition" 
  2. Identification and Assessment, with an "Expert Q&A" with Megan Foley Nicpon, some resource highlights, and a side note about that bugaboo, labels
  3. Moving Forward, including an explanation of the strengths-basd approach, and a tool for building a strengths-based plan
  4. The 2E School Experience, addressing concerns common to the 2e experience in school, plus a Q&A with Heidi Molbak
  5. School Advocacy, with some especially useful-looking tools on skills such as framing issues appropriately
  6. IEPs and 504 Plans -- what they are, the differences, and resources for using them
  7. Educational Alternatives, including Expert Q&As with Wes Beach and Suki Wesling
  8. Life Outside of School, with information and tools to support your child's emotional needs, developing executive functioning skills, resources such as SENG, and more. 
This is a very impressive document. Our compliments to the Davidson Institute!

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IN THE CLASSROOM. At teacher describes at Education Week what it was like to try a certain kind of love for her students. "I wanted a love that could embrace unappealing characteristics and behaviors with humor, tranquility, and curiosity. It would not be transactional or affected by my students’ daily or cumulative decisions. It would accept that they would all disappoint me at various times, some more than others," the teacher wrote. It sounds difficult. The teacher would have to "go toward the most difficult students with additional compassion, rather than retreating in frustration when my initial attempts to change them failed." The change in mindset improved the teacher's experience... and students' experiences as well. Read more, and consider the implications for teaching this way to twice-exceptional students.

NEWSLETTERS, PODCASTS.

  • The June "Gifted Resources Newsletter" from Australian Jo Freitag is out. Find it
  • Julie Skolnik writes about summer, her upcoming plans, articles she's found of interest, and an in-the-works October virtual conference titled "2 Days of 2e." Find the newsletter
  • And in TiLT's latest podcast, writes Debbie Reber, "we’re talking about bad behavior. Specifically, The Good News About Bad Behavior. That’s the name of a new book by journalist, author, speaker, and parent educator, Katherine Lewis, and in this episode, Katherine and I talk about what our kids’ behavior is telling us and how we as parents, teachers, and other adults in kids’ lives can best respond to it while encouraging our kids to develop into healthy adults." Find the podcast
EVENT. Next week is the Utah Association for Gifted Children summer conference, in Park City. Find out more.

EDUCATION. We offer these items as perspective for the services our gifted and 2e students may get or not get.
  • Education funding. In the U.S. we collectively spend over a half trillion dollars a year on education. Education Week explains factors affecting this flow of dollars. Find the article
  • Spending by state. Education Week also provides information on per-pupil funding by state. How does yours stack up? Find out
  • Why teachers are striking. The New York Times looks at the reasons teachers are protesting, going back to decisions made during the Great Recession. Find the article
ANXIETY. Here are some recently-published items on the topic of anxiety, a condition which is not uncommon among twice-exceptional children.
  • An article from UConn says, "For anxiety, a single intervention is not enough." Find it
  • The Clay Center for Healthy Young Minds published an article by Ellen Braaten on generalized anxiety disorder. Find it
  • Science Daily says this: "Neuroscientists have identified a neural circuit in the amygdala, the brain's seat of emotion processing, that gives rise to anxiety. Their insight has revealed the critical role of a molecule called dynorphin, which could serve as a target for treatment of anxiety-related disorders..." Find it.

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