News from the Blog — Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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

YET ANOTHER ARTICLE written to inform the general public that yes, gifted kids can have LDs, this one at the site of training.com.au. This article points out the importance of identification and of acknowledgement and encouragement. That's two such articles this week! Find it

ALSO FROM AUSTRALIA are the "slides" from a presentation at the recently concluded international conference on giftedness that took place in Brisbane. The slides were evidently used by presenter Michelle Ronksley-Pavia in her presentation "An Exploration of Ability in Dis-Ability: Narrative Tapestries of Twice-exceptional Children." The presentation stemmed from a study of eight 2e kids that involved interviews with both kids and parents. The aim of the study was basically to illuminate the experiences of these kids. Find the slides. (And consider how much airfare you saved by reading the content online rather than by flying to Australia, although that is certainly on the bucket list here.)

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APRIL 2 IS "LIGHT IT UP BLUE" day, and World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations sponsors World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks sponsors Light It Up Blue. What can you do? Find out more

THE JOURNAL OF COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT, we find out through a LinkedIn post, has devoted most of its current issue to the topic of counseling the gifted individual. There's even an article by Megan Foley Nicpon and Susan Assouline of the Belin-Blank Center on counseling the twice-exceptional. That's the good news. The bad news is that unless you're a subscriber or have access to the journal some other way, you can look at the table of contents and read abstracts, but don't touch! (Actually, you can read the first pages of the articles, but subsequent pages are blurred out.) Find the journal issue

HOMEWORK evidently has an optimal duration, according to a new study, and for 13-year-olds that duration is about an hour a day. If your child or students seem not to get results from hours of nightly studying, maybe there's a real reason why. (Be advised, however, that the study group most likely consisted on typically developing children.) Find out more

LEARNING AND THE BRAIN is presenting several week-long summer institutes on topics centering on neuroscience and learning. Dr. Judy Willis is scheduled to present two of them. Three are in Massachusetts, two in California. Find out more

STUDY PARTICIPANTS ARE NEEDED for research on language and communication development. A doctoral student from the University of Illinois is looking for families with a child age 5 or younger who has delays in language and communication, or a disability affecting the development of language. The researcher is looking for a wide range of conditions that include not only Asperger's but speech impairments, Down Syndrome, and more. If contributing to research such as this is of interest to you, find out more

DON'T FORGET that until April 15 all of the Spotlight on 2e Series booklets from Glen Ellyn Media -- that's us -- are on sale for $11. Check your inbox to see if you got an email or go to our site

AND FINALLY, THIS -- what happens when you mix a field trip with politics. Fourth-graders in New Hampshire went to watch their state legislators debate a bill the kids had proposed to name the red-tailed hawk the state raptor. With the kids in the gallery, the discussion by some of the legislators about the bill took a less-than-positive turn, leading a New York Timesblogger to comment on the whole situation. Read more.

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