News from the Blog — Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

POTENTIAL AND ACHIEVEMENT. Researchers studying one large school district found that the kids who benefited most from gifted classrooms were not those with high IQs, but those with high scores on statewide standardized tests from the previous years. The operative term here is "benefited" -- higher scores on the next round of standardized tests. The study authors, according to a write-up of the study, "argue for a broader definition of 'gifted' that includes test scores, not just IQ — since it's the students with the high test scores who were benefiting the most." Read more

INATTENTIVE ADHD treated  with a psychosocial technique that includes the participation of parents, teachers, and kids could be more effective than other types of treatment, in particular training involving only the parent or "treatment as usual." Children in the three-component treatment "showed fewer inat­ten­tive symp­toms, bet­ter orga­ni­za­tional skills, bet­ter social skills, and greater over­all improve­ment," according to a write-up at SharpBrains.com. Find the write-up

HAPPY FACE, ANGRY FACE. Kids with ADHD evidently show a brain response to happy faces but not to angry faces -- a possible cause for impaired social functioning. Read more

COPING WITH DEPRESSION. Kids who are exposed to the concept that things can get better rather than being immutable may be better able to cope with events that otherwise might lead to depression, according to researchers. Compared to ninth-graders who were not exposed to the brief intervention about things being able to change, about 18 percent of the intervention group reported feeling sad and unmotivated nine months later. The rate for the non-intervention group -- 25 percent. Read more

TALK THERAPY BETTER? A large study indicates that talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy) is better for dealing with social anxiety disorder than medication. The re searchers suggest that medication should be a second line of defense. Find out more

GABA AND TOURETTES. Evidently certain brain areas in people with Tourette Syndrome have higher levels of the neurochemical GABA. This leads to the possibility of controlling that level by means of electrical brain stimulation or even by "training" the brain to help control TICs. Read more

OCTOBER 7TH SENGINAR. An upcoming webinar by SENG is titled "Human 2.0: Asperger's Is Awesome." From the blurb: "Why are we seeing such a dramatic increase in the rates of children diagnosed as being on the spectrum? It’s because it is a better kind of brain and society is increasingly valuing this kind of mind." Find out more

LAST DAYS FOR BOOKLET SALE. The Fall Sale of Spotlight on 2e Series booklets from Glen Ellyn Media (that's us) ends Tuesday. Until then, any of the 10 booklets in the series is available for $11 plus shopping. Find out more.

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