News from the Blog — Monday, November 23, 2015

In this blog we include items on giftedness, exceptionalities, parenting, education, and child development.

ADHD MEDS, BULLYING. It seems that kids who have been prescribed stimulant meds for ADHD are at greater risk of being bullied. The reason: other kids might want to buy, steal, or coerce a change in possession of the meds, a condition called "diverting," where a prescribed medicine doesn't get to its intended user. Read more in Time Magazine

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QUICK TEST FOR VISUAL PROCESSING SPEED. Researchers at the University of Georgia developed a device using flashing light of two different wavelengths, creating a flicker. The rate of flicker is sped up until the study participant can no longer distinguish the two wavelengths, giving a "critical flicker fusion measure" that can predict the participant's level of executive functioning. Read more

QUICK TEST FOR ATTENTION. A simple test using a raisin and a plastic cup can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to new research from the University of Warwick. Toddlers are shown the raisin that is placed within reach under the cup and instructed to wait until researchers told them it was okay to touch and eat the raisin. Toddlers who couldn't inhibit their behavior were found in a follow-up study to be performing less well in school seven years later than those who could wait the allotted time. Find out more

GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The Winter edition of this publication is out. In it, according to GEPQ:

  • Harry Roman examines some of the skills necessary for effectively teaching STEM topics to gifted students. 
  • Hanna David discusses research on what makes an effective teacher of the gifted. 
  • Kathryn P. Haydon discusses methods for developing creativity in the classroom and home. 
  • Michael Walters describes one of the great anthologies of world literature.

Find the Quarterly

DISABILITY SCOOP has revamped its website. Among the articles currently featured is one titled "Greater Transparency Urged for College Disability Services." Find the article and the redesigned site

GIFTED RESOURCE. The University of California/Irvine is offering a free webinar series on a variety of gifted topics that include leveraging technology to teach the gifted, the spiritual lives of gifted children, and teaching interdisciplinary concepts. The webinars will take place in February of 2016. Find out more. (Focus on the box on the right-hand side of the page; also described on the page is a for-fee, for-credit certificate program.)

RE-IMAGINING SCHOOL is the title of a playlist of 10 talks at, with speakers such as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Kahn, and Dave Eggers. Doesn't look as if any of the topics are specifically 2e -- but we'll bet that each talk gives you at least one take-away idea or inspiration. Find the playlist. (If nothing else, Robinson's memorable piece is both funny and sad.)

PARENTAL ASPIRATIONS FOR KIDS. When parents have high hopes for their children's academic achievement, the children tend to do better in school, unless those hopes are unrealistic, in which case the children may not perform well in school. That's the net-out sentence in the write-up of a study published by the American Psychological Association. So be careful out there, parents! Find the write-up

AND FINALLY, THIS. Jen the Blogger strikes again, this time on the "ups and downs," metaphorically speaking, of parenting twice-exceptional children. If you're the parent of a 2e child, you might identify. Find the blog.

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