Sign Up for Our Free Semi-monthly E-mail Briefing

Comes twice a month, loaded with pointers to articles and resources for the 2e community.

Sign up.


November 1st E2e Briefing

In this Issue

Subscriber Alerts

Giftedness and Exceptionalities in the News

From Other Newsletters and Digests

Resources

Research, Studies

Education Policy and Law

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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
GOING TO NAGC? A colleague tells us, "This year the annual business meeting of the Twice Exceptional Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held, during NAGC, on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm in room 206A. Please plan to join us." More on the conference.

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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   
DYSLEXIA. In the "On Parenting" section of The Washington Post, a mom describes her efforts to talk to her 8yo daughter about the daughter's dyslexia. Some of the tactics don't go well. The daughter's self-esteem had been touched: "I don’t want to be me. I want to be someone who can read.” Read more.

C.P.S. "...what would be the point of punishing a child who literally could not sit still?" That's a sentence from an article on kids who misbehave starting early in school, and who therefor face punishments of various sorts. The article's title: "The 'Problem Child' Is a Child, Not a Problem." It describes a behavior modification technique called Collaborative Problem Solving (C.P.S.) which is designed to help build self-regulation skills. Another sentence from the article: "C.P.S. replaces a traditional philosophy of 'children do well when they want to' with one that 'children do well when they can.'" We have a feeling that sentence might resonate, given your presumed experiences with that 2e child you raise or teach. Find the article.

SCREENING TO FIND THE GIFTED. Pinellas County, Florida, is screening all second graders. The purpose? To identify those who are gifted. It's universal screening, intended to not overlook children who could qualify and benefit from gifted services, especially minority or disadvantaged children. Read more, then consider how great it would be if every school district did this type of universal screening with instruments that would not only identify gifted learners but also twice-exceptional learners.

RECESS REBOUND? According to District Administration, some states are requiring schools to provide recess. From the article: "In Florida and Rhode Island, recess laws took effect this year. Four other states already require it, and 11 others officially recommend it. Meanwhile, eight other states mandate “general activity,” ranging from 30 minutes daily to 600 minutes monthly." Read more. Exercise, many believe, can help students, especially some 2e students, focus and learn.

PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS currently have a magnet school for gifted students, but wants to split it into eight separate campuses. According to a news report, many parents are upset, including parents of 2e students who receive both gifted and special ed programming. Read more.

FOLLOW-UP. We noted a while ago a first-person piece on OCD by young-adult author John Green and how his OCD led him to create a novel with a 16yo female protagonist who has OCD. Green has also done an interview with NPR about the book and about himself. Find the interview.

NPR describes strategies educators can use to help kids with anxiety return to school. Find the piece.

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 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
BELIN-BLANK. This organization's October newsletter is out, featuring news of a new Javits-funded project "to increase educators’ capacity to identify and provide talented and gifted programming to underrepresented students in Iowa." Find the newsletter.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This organization has published an article on oppositional defiant disorder. If you have an especially "willful" kiddo and are wondering if the label applies, the article might be of use. In fact, the Institute says: "Whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder (or ODD) or not, learning about the disorder can be helpful. That’s because the behavior management strategies used in treatment are evidence-based techniques that all parents will benefit from knowing." Find the article. Separately, we wrote recently about a New York Times piece on the prevalence of anxiety in young people. The Child Mind Institute later followed up with its own perspective on the problem. Find it. Also from this site: an article on mood disorders (depression, anxiety) in teenage girls, including signs and symptoms parents can look for. Find the article.

DEVON MACEACHRON, a psychologist specializing in the twice-exceptional, has posted a list of resources for those in the 2e community -- books, websites, and even 2e Newsletter. Find the resource list.

DISABILITY SCOOP. Teachers here get it; some don't. Via Disability Scoop: "An elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old boy with autism to stand in front of his class twice last year while classmates voted on whether the boy was 'annoying,' a federal lawsuit alleges." Read more.

GHF opened registration for its spring online courses on October 23. GHF states, "GHF Online is 2e-friendly and willing to work with you to make reasonable accommodations for your child's individual needs." Find out more.

HECHINGER REPORT. An opinion piece in the Hechinger Report is titled "Stop driving kids crazy — A four-year college degree isn’t the only answer"; find it.

PSYCHIATRIC TIMES. Signs of treatment-resistant depression are highlighted in a "slide show" at the site of Psychiatric Times, which lists six factors to watch for. Duration and severity are two. You can ignore the final factor, old age, if it's your kiddo you're concerned about. Find the slide show. Also from Psychiatric Times, "The latest news in the treatment of depression covers patient self-management apps, antidepressant efficacy in older adults, and strategies to improve adherence." Find it here and here.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers some resources for the college application process for students with ADHD or learning differences. Find them.

TiLT PARENTING's newest podcast is a conversation between TiLT founder Debbie and her son. Debbie writes: "...we talk about everything from how Asher feels about having ADHD and what helped him get through the difficult transition of moving abroad when he was nine years old to what he thinks are the qualities of a good teacher, how he keeps track of his schoolwork, and much more." Find the podcast.

UNDERSTOOD offers a couple goodies:
* An article, "6 Tips for Responding When People Are Insensitive About Your Child's Learning and Attention Issues." Find it.
* An article on a related topic, "What to Say When Other People Interfere With Your Parenting." Find it.

 

Resources for Parents and Educators
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BULLYING is often a problem for kids who are "different" in any way. TED offers "9 pieces of practical advice about bullying" that might be appropriate to share with a young person you know. For example: "telling someone about being bullied is not snitching." Find the advice.

EXPERT CHAT via Understood on the topic "ADHD and Twice-Exceptional Kids," by Thomas E. Brown, a psychologist and professor of psychiatry, on November 2 at 12 ET. Find out more.

RESOURCE FROM BELIN-BLANK. This organization offers a free Ning discussion/resource group on gifted ed and talent development. Find out more.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE. The application deadline for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college scholarship program is November 14. The organization says, "Current high school seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Receive up to $40,000 per year to complete your bachelor's degree, as well as opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding." Find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE RESOURCE. This organization has a Young Scholars program, which provides "free services designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and academic development of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18 (students must be between the ages of 5 and 16 when applying)." And yes, 2e kiddos can be Young Scholars. Find out more.

PARENTING RESOURCE ON MEDIA USE. We discovered Common Sense Media, which provides guidance on media use by kids. Here's what the organization says about itself: "Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives." Go to the organization's website or Facebook page.

SAVE THE DATE. Quad Prep Manhattan has announced the date for its fourth conference "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education" in New York City -- May 10-12. The May date, rather than the previous March dates, should obviate the danger of a blizzard disrupting the conference as happened this year. Find out more.

GOT A SOCIALLY AWKWARD KID? That's okay, according to a Parent Footprint talk psychologist Dan Peters had with the author of AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome. Find out more.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED. This organization has released some information about its March, 2018, conference along with a "call for presenters." Find out more.

ASD BLOGS. Medical News Today has compiled a list of what it feels are the 10 best blogs on the topic of autism. Find the list.

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

Research, Recent Studies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   
ADHD. Medical News Today considers micronutrients to improve the symptoms of ADHD. Read more.

GOT A DAYDREAMER? That's okay. A new study suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative. People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering. Find the study write-up.

MOOD DISORDERS
* Social media and technology may be linked to a higher rate of depression in girls, according to a new study. Find out more.
* Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a 'reset' of their brain activity, according to a London study of treatment-resistant depression. Read more.
* Psychiatry Advisor discusses anxiety prevention interventions and their effectiveness. Find it.
* And if YOU'RE depressed, the Huffington Post has tips for talking to your kids about it. Go there.

 

Education Policy and Law
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THE US DOE has rescinded 72 guidance documents outlining rights for students with disabilities, according to news outlets. However, the Council for Exceptional Children says, "After an initial review by CEC, it appeared that the 72 guidance documents were either outdated or unnecessary as there has been subsequent policy established either through the Reauthorization of IDEA, including the promulgation of regulations and guidance that supersedes the 'outdated' policies." Find out what else CEC says.

NCLD notes this: "Despite the increasing popularity of school vouchers, education savings accounts (ESA), and tax incentive programs, many parents of children with disabilities struggle to find quality information and are left with important questions about how these programs work and might impact a child with a disability." Then NCLD goes on to offer a number of resources to help parents make informed decisions about these programs; find them.

 

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

November 29 to December 1, Annual Conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Houston. More information.

December 2, National Special Education Day, on the anniversary of IDEA. More information.

February 7-10, Council for Exceptional Children 2018 Convention, Tampa, Florida. More information.

March 2-4, 2018 Annual Conference of the California Association for the Gifted, San Diego. More information.

May 10-12, Quad Prep Annual Conference "Breakthroughs in Special Education," New York City. 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.

Return to top