News from the Blog — Tuesday, May 24, 2016
In this blog we include items on giftedness, exceptionalities, parenting, education, and child development.
PIONEER IN 2e STUDIES HONORED. Dr. C. June Maker was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Western Kentucky University recently, according to WKU News. She is a graduate of WKU and currently a professor at University of Arizona. WKU News says, "Dr. Maker’s 1976 work Providing Programs for Gifted Handicapped was groundbreaking in the fields of special and gifted education and the concept of twice-exceptional children continues to develop today." Read more.
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TWO ARIZONA EDUCATORS started a program to help high school students better interact with peers who have high-functioning autism, according to the East Valley Tribune. The students then mentor the autistic students in social skills. The article notes that the program benefits both mentors and mentees. Find the article.
GOT A RELUCTANT READER? A Washington Post writer describes how she got her son more engaged with full-length books, books to be read for enjoyment. The 10-year-old, who had no apparent reading-skill issues, was apparently just intimidated by the size of physical books. Find out how the mom succeeded-- by accident.
RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS. The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa is offering a number of online summer courses on gifted ed, addressing topics such as gender, perfectionism, differentiation, cognitive and affective needs of the gifted, and counseling and psychological needs. Find out more.
DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's spring Educators Guild newsletter is out, with information on ESSA, pointers to professional development resources for educators, pointers to some grants for educators, and more. Find the newsletter.
TEEN DEPRESSION. Exercise might help, according to a new study of the effect of light- to moderate-intensity exercise programs three times a week over six to 12 weeks. A write-up at MedScape quotes one of the researchers: "[O]ur review showed that exercise seems to be equally effective for both moderate and severe depression in both inpatient and outpatient settings, but we need more trials with better methodological quality to provide firmer clinical recommendations towards the dose-response relationship." Find out more.
ADHD INTO ADULTHOOD. In some cases, ADHD symptoms lessen or disappear before children reach adulthood, but evidently ADHD can persist in more than half of children diagnosed. Researchers investigated eight potential factors that might be linked to persistence, and found two that were especially impactful -- parental mental health problems; and parenting practices that lacked proper discipline. Read more.
MORE ON PARENTAL INFLUENCE. A thirty-year longitudinal study showed a link between depression in parents and the rate of depression in their children (three times that of children of non-depressed parents), with the most typical onset in children between ages 15 to 25. Sons and daughters of depressed parents had about the same incidence gender-wise, a different outcome than in children of non-depressed parents where daughters had a higher incidence. The study results came to us via the New England Journal of Medicine "Journal Watch."
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