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May 1st E2e Briefing

In this Issue

Subscriber Alerts

Giftedness and Exceptionalities in the News

From Other Newsletters and Digests

Resources

Research, Studies

Events

 

Welcome to this edition of The E2e Briefing for 2e Newsletter subscribers and others with an interest in twice-exceptional children -- children who are gifted and have LDs, learning difficulties that go by many names. These semi-monthly email briefings are a supplement to our bi-monthly, subscription-based electronic publication 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. (See sample copies.)

Subscriber Alerts
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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS. Each Friday we post on our Facebook page a listing of local events that we know of for the next few weeks. Let us know if you have an event we should list.

FACEBOOK. If you're on Facebook, drop by to comment, to "like," or to see whatever we've posted lately.

Giftedness and Exceptionalities in the News
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SELF-COMPASSION AND ADHD. ADHD can provide plenty of opportunities for self-criticism in moments of disorganization or lapses of executive function. An article at The Huffington Post points out that just as you would have compassion for someone else's careless mistake, someone with ADHD would also benefit from self-compassion, an important part of resilient ADHD management. Read more.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH was last month, but an article at Forbes points out that 75 percent of Americans surveyed say they don't know anyone with autism, even though one in 68 Americans has an ASD diagnosis. (And according to Forbes, almost half of the survey respondents also didn't know that April was Autism Awareness Month.) Read more.

GRADE-SKIPPING FOR GIFTED GIRLS. The Atlantic points out a very practical reason why grade-skipping should be a real option for gifted girls. In the words of a woman interviewed, “By skipping grades and getting to grad school early, I could devote time and energy to building my career and earn tenure before I started raising a family. It was extremely beneficial to my career not to be devoting my 20s to anything else.” (Also in the article, this quote: “You can call it a choice, but … who else is going have the babies?”) Read more.

NO INTEREST IN TEAM SPORTS? If your 2e kiddo feels that way, maybe check out an article at The Washington Post offering athletic alternates to what the article calls "traditional stick- and field-type sports." Think climbing walls, biking, or running. Read more.

IS SPD REAL? That's the question that Slate takes on. Why does that question matter? According to Slate, "It matters because tens of thousands of parents are convinced that their children’s behavioral issues are the result of sensory processing difficulties. They don’t believe, or can’t believe, that the real problem is anxiety, ADHD, or autism. It also matters because barrel-loads of money are on the line." Read more.

GIFTED, AUTISTIC, UNDER THE RADAR. Giftedness can obscure or delay identification of many "e's" because of the child's ability to cope and adapt. A first-person-based article at pastemagazine.com describes one family's situation, where a gifted daughter was not diagnosed with attendant high-functioning autism until she was nine years old. As in the item above, a diagnosis opens the doors to obtaining appropriate services. Find the article.

JULIA ON SESAME STREET is a new character on the spectrum, and a writer from The Washington Post gives the show high marks for the way Julia is portrayed and for the way the show's other characters respect and understand her. From the review: "Little kids are funny creatures, but they’re also perceptive and can be incredibly accepting of differences, once they understand them... [T]he Muppets model for kids how to reach out to people who don’t always respond in expected ways." Read more.

SIT STILL AND FAIL TO PAY ATTENTION. The need for activity and exercise during the school day is the subject of an article at The Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" feature. It details the disadvantages to just "sitting still" -- and offers ways to "defend our children's right to move." Find the article. Separately, The New York Times just ran an article on that same subject, "Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class." One expert is quoted this way: “Activity stimulates more blood vessels in the brain to support more brain cells. And there is evidence that active kids do better on standardized tests and pay attention more in school.” Find the article.

Note: Some of these news items came to our attention through CEC SmartBriefs, Education Week, LD Online Newsletter, ScienceDaily, and other aggregators.

From Other Newsletters, Digests, Websites, and Blogs 
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CHADD. In Attention magazine, from CHADD, you can find tips on writing effective 504 plans. Written by Rich Weinfeld, of the Weinfeld Education Group, the article provides key principles along with guidelines for accomplishing those principles. Find it.

DISABILITY SCOOP writes about the special situation of military families who have a child with special needs. Those families have different experiences than the rest of us because of, among other things, frequent moves and the absence of one spouse for lengthy periods of time at sea or in combat zones. The Armed Services offer some help, but families take the main burden -- and they probably have to learn new state laws and processes with each move, as well as renegotiating previous IEPs with a new school. Find out more.

EDUTOPIA. Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers tips and techniques for getting the better of test stress. She tells how to build a positive mindset in the test-taker, and lists five things a parent can do on test day to help. Go to Edutopia to read more.

GIFTED HOMESCHOOLERS FORUM. This organization offers online summer classes, for which registration is now open, and school-year classes, for which registration opens May 1st. GHF says, "GHF Online is 2e-friendly and willing to work with you to make reasonable accommodations for your child's individual needs." Find out more.

THE HIGH FLYER. How should the gifted be taught? For example, how are they like non-gifted learners and how are they different? According to The High Flyer, a new publication offers 20 research-based guidelines for teaching the gifted. The guidelines cover how the students think and learn, motivation, the importance of social context, classroom management, and assessment. The High Flyer says, "Each principle is described based on evidence from research with gifted populations. The brief description is followed by practical suggestions for the classroom and references from both the regular and gifted education literature." Read more.

JEN THE BLOGGER, as part of a blog hop called "Revisiting 2e," tells of recent interactions with a neurotypical teen and compares those to life in her house of chaos. Jen mentored the teen through a project, compared it to her experiences with similar projects involving her sons, and decided "the dichotomy stings." But she concludes: "this wildly different is perfectly normal life is all mine, and after twelve years I’m finally embracing the weird it has brought to my life." Read the post.

NAGC urges gifted advocates to act to support funding for the Javits Act, one of the few (if not the only) federally-funded programs in gifted education. The Javits Act is traditionally funded by our munificent government in miserly amounts ranging from $0 to a few million dollars. Find out what you can do.

PARENT FOOTPRINT. On Dan Peters' "Parent Footprint" podcast site you can hear two "recovering perfectionists" discuss how to address the condition. Dan is joined by Lisa Van Gemert. Find the podcast.

SENG. Michael Postma, Ph.D., is now the executive director of SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. In a letter to members, Postma says SENG will continue to offer its core programs, and then adds this: "I am very excited about the development of SENG Connect, an online portal with the capacity to connect SENGsters of all ages, ethnicities, orientations, and communities across the globe. I am also thrilled to explore continued expansion into Europe, Latin America and other gifted communities around the world." We wish Postma and SENG the best going forward. See the SENG site.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES points out one of the advantages of attending summer camp: building confidence. Find the article.

TECA. Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy is offering a new monthly online support group for the parents of 2e teens. Got a 2e teen? Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING, in podcast 54, describes an app called iGotThis for families in which ADHD is a part. According to TiLT, "iGotThis is a task-focused, productivity tool for families with ADHD that’s loaded with features to keep kids with ADHD on track, focused, and motivated — all while providing real-time visibility and complete control for parents. And just as important, it also builds self-esteem in kids with ADHD." Find out more.

UNDERSTOOD has posted a video titled "Dyslexia and the Brain," of which it says, "Hear from leading dyslexia expert Guinevere Eden on what parts of the brain are used for reading. See how the brain function of a child with dyslexia can actually change when he learns how to read fluently." Find the video.

 

Resources for Parents and Educators
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WEIGHTED BLANKETS, familiar to many in the 2e community, are the topic of an article at Medical News Today, which provides uses and benefits of the blankets. Find the article.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is scheduled for a screening at the Long Island Whole Child Academy on May 10 at 6pm. The school is in Melville, New York. Find out more. Another screening is scheduled for May 2 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Find out more.

SUMMER RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS. The Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa offers professional development opportunities for educators involved in gifted programming. Find out more.

LEARNING AND THE BRAIN is sponsoring a workshop in Santa Barbara, California, described as "intensive training on the topics of executive functions and memory that have applications in classrooms." Neurologist/educator Judy Willis presents. Find out more.

ROSS GREENE WORKSHOP. Transdisciplinary Workshops has scheduled Ross Green, Ph.D., to present advanced training in July on Greene's model for understanding and helping behaviorally challenging kids. The intended audience: educators and mental health providers. Find out more.

TECA has announced the date of its fall conference, October 13 at Molloy College in New York. "More information coming soon," says TECA.

Know of a resource you think we should share? Let us know! 

Research, Recent Studies
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ADHD MYTHS. According to Science Daily, there are myths that surround ADHD as well as a certain stigma. Science Daily offers input from a clinical psychiatrist to help break down what the condition is and what it isn’t. Go to Science Daily.

ANXIETY TREATMENT: NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS. According to Medscape, "Children treated for anxiety disorders with psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of the two show no significant differences in outcomes or remission at 5-year follow-up. Furthermore, a majority of children experience relapse and chronic anxiety, new long-term data show." Find out more.

MINDFULNESS PANACEA. Mindfulness group therapy has an equally positive effect as individual CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) for the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric symptoms in patients with depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders, according to new research. Find a study write-up.

THE CEREBELLUM, THE PONS, AND COMORBIDITY. Nearly half of people with one mental illness also experience another mental illness at the same time. This is leading researchers to shift their focus away from individual disorders and search instead for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Researchers have now linked specific differences in the cerebellum and pons to many types of mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD, according to Science Daily. Find out more.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS DURING PREGNANCY do not evidently increase the risk of ASD or ADHD in offspring, according to new research, although there is a slight risk for premature birth. Read a study write-up.

TOURETTE'S. A new computer-based brain simulation shows that motor tics in Tourette syndrome may arise from interactions between multiple areas of the brain, rather than a single malfunctioning area. Find a study write-up.

Upcoming Events
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July 20-23, 22nd Biennial World Conference, Sydney, Australia. By the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. More information.

June 12-15, Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium, Austin, Minnesota. More information.

July7-14, Confratute Summer Institute, for educators, Storrs, Connecticut (UConn). More information.

July 20-23, 22nd Biennial World Conference, Sydney, Australia. By the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. More information.

July 24-28,Edufest conference for gifted and talented Education, Boise, Idaho. More information.

August 4-6, SENG 34th Annual Conference, Naperville, Illinois. More information.

October 13-14, Biennial Symposium by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development, Los Angeles area. More information soon.

November 9-12, 64th Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, North Carolina. More information.

Please note: For a listing of upcoming local 2e-related events, see our Facebook page each Friday. For state association conferences relating to giftedness, see Hoagies' website. For additional conferences on learning differences, see the website of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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