JONATHAN MOONEY spoke at the 2e Center symposium last weekend, and by coincidence just had an opinion piece published in The New York Times called "You Are Special! Now Stop Being Different." In it, you can read some of the points and stories he offered to the audience at the symposium. Find the piece.
WEBINAR TOMORROW. SENG is offering a webinar on Thursday, October 19, titled "Empowering Gifted Learners Through Self-Advocacy." Find out more.
OCD. John Green, a writer of young adult novels, did a book based on his own OCD, attempting to dispel the "mad, creative genius" myth. The heroine is a 16-year-old girl who is "trying to understand the world around her, but cannot escape the prison of her own thoughts." Read the first-person piece by Green in Costco Connection,
ANXIETY is common among children in the 2e community. How do you help them? A New York Times Magazine article (ie, lots of words) might provide some hints. Find it.
ADHD -- several items.
- MedPage Today describes a Finnish study indicating that children born in the fall and winter have more ADHD. Find the article.
- The Child Mind Institute has posted an article about tantrums, outbursts, and defiance in kids with ADHD -- and how to help them behave better. Find the article.
- Science Daily reports on research indicating that children with ADHD) are likely to also have trouble with touch (tactile) processing. The study found finds that they fare worse on several tests of tactile functioning, including reaction time and detecting a weak stimulus on the skin (detection threshold). Find the study write-up.
- And Canada's CBC reports that "Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fidget, tap and swivel around in a chair much more than normally developing children because it helps them to learn complex material.." The research indicated that kids with ADHD move twice as much when learning. Find the article.
HEALTH -- YOURS. Jen the Bloggers is offering an eight-week online course on self-care for the parents of complicated kids. Jen, who has 2e in the family, says she and her co-presenter "created what we would have wanted and needed. This is a course for you, not a parenting course. Our goal is to help you help yourself, because every family is different and the only expert is the parent." Read more.
HEALTH: YOUR KIDDO'S. Blood pressure monitoring isn't only for adults. Hypertension in children and adolescents has been "on the rise" for decades, apparently, with approximately 2 million children diagnosed. Read guidelines for blood pressure in children.
HEALTH: YOUR FAMILY'S. If you've wondered about the relative benefits of wild salmon and farmed salmon, we ran across an informative source about pros and cons; find it.