News from the Blog — Friday, April 17, 2015

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

ADVICE FOR PARENTS: That's what the Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health recently provided on the topic of kids with behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Those of us in the 2e community often have some experience with when and how to find help in this area, but Dr. Judith Rapoport gives some good, sensible-sounding, and often reassuring advice on when there's actually a problem; where to get help; medications; depression in kids; and more serious disorders such as bipolar disorder, autism, or psychosis. Find the advice

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NCLB/ESEA REWRITE. The Council for Exceptional Children has been monitoring this process and thinks that it doesn't go far enough, that "high ability students and preschool children are ignored in the bill." Find what the CEC thinks. Separately, The Washington Post reports on the rewrite, and painting a generally positive picture of the progress but including notes of dissent from Senator Elizabeth Warren; read the article

LINKS BETWEEN ADHD, ASD. Some researchers focus on the mechanisms underlying each and see similarities, which would, in theory, lead to ways to develop effective behavioral therapies for those with the disorders. One particular researcher at the University of California has identified a genetic trait common to both ADHD and ASD which might be related to risky behaviors such as smoking or substance abuse.Read more

ADHD MEDS is the topic of a communique from ADDitude, with several articles on the topic. Find it

MAYBE BE CAREFUL WITH THAT TEEN -- he or she can be vulnerable to somatic symptoms caused by parental criticism, according to a new study reported at One part of "parent management teaching" for this problem is focusing on the child's strengths. Sound familiar? Find out more

MEET THE SCIENTIST. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has frequent webinars. On May 12, one is on "Mechanisms of Antidepressant Effects." Not sure what prerequisite knowledge is necessary, but the webinar is free.Find out more

SENGINAR. The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted has scheduled a webinar on developing talent and advocacy in the families of gifted children, with special emphasis on culturally diverse families. It's in the evening of April 30th at a cost of $40. Find out more

AND FINALLY, THIS: The "On Parenting" feature in The Washington Post on April 15th was titled "Why I'm not worried about my late-blooming teen." Said teen is allegedly "whip smart" but solidly average in many areas, according to mom, who was herself a late bloomer. Read more and take comfort.

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