News from the Blog — Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

ADHD, ANXIETY. About half of kids with ADHD also have anxiety disorders, and the combination can have an effect on quality of life, social interactions, and general functioning, according to an article at DailyRX.com. The children faring poorest had at least two anxiety disorders in addition to ADHD. Read more. Separately, other research shows that language problems are three times more common in children with ADHD than in those without; read more

MORE ON SCT. We blogged and posted on Facebook about sluggish cognitive tempo, pushed by some to be a new type of ADHD. We were somewhat skeptical, as were some readers. But the founder and CEO of PsychCentral.com, in a posting, provided additional context, noting that the concept has been around for a long time. If the issue is of interest to you,find out more at PsychCentral. 

DSM-5, AUTISM, AND YOU. The National Institutes of Health are (is?) requesting public comment on the changes resulting from the revised diagnostic criteria for autism in the recently-released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. According to the NIH statement, input is sought from "the scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates, and patient advocates" about:

  • How to address direct implications of changes in DSM-5 criteria for ASD on research methodology, including participant selection and characterization, measurement tools, data analysis, and interpretation of results. 
  • Specific methods by which questions or concerns about the impact of these changes can be resolved within the context of research investigations/studies.
  • Specific research questions and methodologies that could inform questions or concerns about the impact of changes in DSM-5 criteria for ASD on clinical practice and policy.

Disability Scoop pointed us to this matter. 

ANTI-DISTRACTION SYSTEM DISCOVERED? Simon Fraser University has announced that two psychologists at the school have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders. This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction. It is supposedly the first study to reveal our brains rely on an active suppression mechanism to avoid being distracted by salient irrelevant information when we want to focus on a particular item or task. Read more

QUAD MANHATTAN. This college prep middle and high school for 2e students has announced its head of school, Ellen Richer, EdD. According to the school, "Dr. Richer has integrated motivation research into curriculum and program design on literacy, best practices of differentiation for students across the spectrum, and best practices of student identification for enriched and gifted programming. Her experiences range from developing the Founding Gifted Educational Policies and Curricula for the Manhasset Union Free School District to developing and directing programs for gifted underachieving and at risk students in and out of the classroom." Find the school's website. Separately, Quad Manhattan was also the subject of a post at Huffington Post; find it

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. The April 21st edition of this newsletter announces the posting of videos from the organization's recent San Francisco events. Other items in the newsletter concern an online course called "Teaching Creative Writing to Dyslexic Students." Find the newsletter

NCLD has posted a "Three Things to Know" feature bout auditory processing disorder; find it

PARENT'S STORY. We recently discovered a blog called BrainHugger, written by a parent of a twice-exceptional child. A recent post is called "Jumping into a New Pool," and it relates the benefits that can arise from a fortuitous change in schools. Find the blog

ASPERGER'S AND AUTISM IN COLLEGE is the topic of a video posted on YouTube. Produced by the University of the District of Columbia, the 27-minute program is part of a series called "Higher Education Today." We have to say that we did not watch more than the opening of the program, but if the topic is relevant in your house or on your campus, perhaps check it out.

TED ON PARENTING. TED has assembled a "playlist" of 10 presentations on the topic of parenting. We've pointed to one of them in the past, Andrew Solomon's somewhat chilling account of raising a child different in some fundamental way from you the parent. The other nine cover topics such as happiness as a "very high bar" for parents; agile family practices based on "agile programming"; "five dangerous things you should let your kids do"; and more. Find the playlist

AND FINALLY THIS. If you believe that a list of "best high schools" might be at all relevant to your family, check out the US News current lists of best high schools, best magnet schools, best STEM schools, and best charter schools. Find the lists. Us? We'd love to think those those high schools catered to twice-exceptional students, but.... Let us know if we're wrong.

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