Friday, July 13, 2018

THE BLOG HAS MOVED

Please follow our blog at its new location at the "refreshed" Glen Ellyn Media website. Thanks!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Parenting, Mental Health, Equity in Education, More

COMING SOON: National Parenting Gifted children Week, the third week in July, co-sponsored by SENG and NAGC. It’s official – at least, you can find it at the “National Day Calendar” – but we’re not seeing much about it this year. How come?

SENG is offering a webinar with psychologist Devon MacEachron on July 12. The topic: “Plato Parenting,” based on “uncovering and nourishing your child’s passions.” A fee applies. Find out more.

MENTAL HEALTH
  • The Washington Post covers tech tools that can assist in mental health, “from apps to avatars” they say. The article acknowledges the “wild west” nature of the field but points to several apps that, for example, help connect those in need to those who might help at any particular moment. Find the article.
  • Two states have enacted laws requiring schools to provide mental health education as part of the curriculum. Find out more about how New York and Virginia hope to help students become aware of and deal with mental health issues.
SOMETHING WE’D NOT THOUGHT OF – that’s the topic of a book on how the design of the world around them can influence and shape children. The New York Times asks the author of the book The Design of Childhood questions about her book. It’s a brief intro to the topic and book. The author says, “For anyone interested in child development, design or architecture, my book uncovers the thinking behind toys and children’s spaces and shows how parents, teachers and planners can foster kids’ independence and creativity.” Find the piece.

ADDITUDE’S most popular article last week was evidently one titled “Face It – People with ADHD Are Wired Differently.” From the article: “The most current research on brain imaging is starting to let us trace the wiring, so we can untangle the misconceptions that experts, as well as those with ADHD, have about the disorder and the brain. Our new understanding of the brain promises to change the way we treat ADHD.” Find the article.

RESEARCH, SCIENCE
  • Depression. A psychedelic concoction made from Amazonian plants is being tested as a potential help for treatment-resistant depression. Find a study write-up
  • IQ. Scientists have developed a way to predict a person’s intelligence based on resting-state fMRI scans. Find the study write-up
  • Anxiety. Most young people (78 percent) treated for anxiety disorders do not remain anxiety-free. Find the study write-up

EQUITY IN EDUCATION
  • We wrote last week about a Michigan judge who dismissed a suit brought by students against Detroit schools claiming that conditions and outcomes in their schools violated their right to access to literacy. According to Chalkbeat, the decision will be appealed. 
  • You’ve heard about recent instances of people getting into trouble for selling bottled water while black (as a kid) and campaigning for public office while black (as an incumbent). USA Today reports the story of a young man whose situation we interpret as “being smart while black.” Despite that fact that he was the valedictorian of his graduating high school class at a public charter school in Rochester, New York, he was denied a chance to give a valedictory speech – possibly because of past run-ins with the school principal. The town’s mayor invited him to present his talk. Read more.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dyslexia, The Right to Education, SENG Conference, More

2eNEWSLETTER.COM. We recently moved our domain registration for 2eNewsletter.com to a new registrar and are getting some flaky results when we try to access the site. We suggest omitting "www" and using http://2enewsletter.com. We're working to resolve the issue.

SUCCESS STORY. Perhaps you've heard of the RXBAR, protein bar developed by young entrepreneurs in the Chicago area and sold to Kellog's for lots of money. One of the entrepreneurs is profiled in Forbes, which brings out the fact that the young man is dyslexic; the author of the article writes that the young man was "long accustomed to everything being more difficult." Find the article. There's a wrinkle here. The young man, Peter Rahal, grew up across the street from our family in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. (His uncle was an Indy race car driver.) We say, good for him!

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE has an article by a clinical psychologist on how parents and teachers can help with the social and emotional side of dyslexia. Find it.

A SETBACK? A Michigan judge, ruling against a lawsuit brought by students in Detroit schools over their education, apparently thinks that a decent education is not a constitutional right. According to an article in The New York Times, the judge said that “access to literacy” — which he also referred to as a “minimally adequate education” — was not a fundamental right. Find the article.

UNDERSTOOD offers a blog posting on how to respond when people ask whether ADHD is real; find it. Understood is also hosting on July 9 an expert chat titled "Early Signs of Reading Issues -- and What to Do." Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING'S latest podcast is on "surviving and thriving over the summer break." Find it.

2e2. The video "2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional" is now available on DVD. Find the official preview as well as information about ordering at the producer's website.

THE ANNUAL SENG CONFERENCE is later this month. If you'd like perspective on what attending the conference is like, check out a somewhat dated but probably still relevant article by this year's conference co-chair, Jane Hesslein. While her tips and suggestions were geared to the 2011 Seattle conference, keep in mind that San Diego, the site of this year's conference, makes transposing some of her tips (such as "get out on the water") easy. Find the perspective.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Help GHF, Mental Health at College, Asych Development & Relationships, More


RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRATION FACILITIES. Gifted Homeschoolers Forum is prepared to ship bilingual informational brochures on giftedness and twice-exceptionality to border detention facilities as part of a package of child development resources. GHF’s stated purpose is to provide “context and understanding to parents, social workers, and facility personnel.” The problem? Money. GHF, a non-profit organization, is asking for donations to help defray the cost of supplying the brochures. You may find out more at the organization’s Facebook page.

MENTAL HEALTH AT COLLEGE. Here’s the introductory paragraph of a Washington Post article on the topic: “Mental-health problems among college students have been climbing since the 1990s, according to the American Psychological Association. And with services increasingly stretched at campus health centers, students have been taking action themselves through peer-run mental-health clubs and organizationsThe approach appears to be paying off…” Find the article.

GIFTED CHALLENGES. In a new blog posting, psychologist Gail Post writes about how asynchronous development can affect relationships. She describes asynchrony and its effects (even into adulthood), and three ways parents can help their out-of-sync children. Find Gifted Challenges.

TiLT PARENTING’S newest podcast is on picky eating. TiLT founder Debbie Reber says, “In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, I’m talking with Jennifer Scribner, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the author of the new book, From Mac & Cheese to Veggies, Please. How to Get Your Kid to Eat New Foods, End Picky Eating Forever, and Stay Sane in the Process, which is based on Jennifer’s work with hundreds of clients and details how any parent can dramatically change the diet of their pickiest kids.Find the podcast.

DISSERTATION ON GIFTED UNDERACHIEVEMENT. A Morgridge College EdD’s dissertation was honored by the college. The dissertation, titled “Underachievement of Creatively Gifted High School Students,” examines why underachievement may affect creatively gifted students. The author established the themes of interaction of creativity and underachievement; motivation; student perception of self; and student autonomy (or lack thereof). Read more.

A 2e TEASE. A brief story at St. Louis station kmov.com left us wanting more information. The Miriam Academy in St. Louis serves students who learn differently, including the twice-exceptional, according to the story. And the school has partnered with a furniture store to give students the opportunity to pick up out-of-the-classroom skills. Find the story – what more of it there is to read.  Or, read more about Miriam Academy.

RESEARCH, SCIENCE
  • On IEPs, from Science Daily: “Academic struggles can also create significant stress and anxiety for children and families, a new study finds. Using a 15-question survey in families of children on IEP plans, researchers document actionable levels of distress.” Find the study write-up.
  • On ASD training for teachers, from NewsWise: “In a new study, children whose teachers received specialized training “were initiating more, participating more, having back-and-forth conversations more, and responding to their teachers and peers more frequently.” Find the study write-up.
  • On anxiety in young people, from Science Daily: “For the majority of affected youth, anxiety disorders are chronic, even after a successful course of evidence-based treatments, a new study finds.Find the study write-up.