Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Giftedness," Homeschooling, Curiosity, and More

GIFTED CHALLENGES. In this blog, psychologist Gail Post offers "six reasons to stop treating gifted kids as 'special.'" For example: it can make love seem conditional on achievement. She writes about what "special" really means, and notes how the "special" or "gifted" label can cause backlash from neurotypical families. Post doesn't suggest ignoring the needs of gifted kiddos, saying it should be treated "as a trait that needs attention and care." Find the blog, and know that Post responds to comments posted there.

THE HECHINGER REPORT notes that homeschooling is thriving, witih about 1.8 million of kids in the U.S. homeschooled. The report says, "clearly it’s time for states to do more to acknowledge the viability of homeschooling as an educational option, and provide direction and information for parents seeking non-traditional schooling." Neither the word "gifted" nor "exceptional" appear in the article, but it's a good overview of the advantages of homeschooling, and it points out the double burden of expense (school taxes and family educational expenditures) faced by homeschooling families. Find the report, and if you're considering homeschooling your 2e student check out the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, GHF.

DO YOU HAVE A KIDDO who has “the recognition, pursuit, and intense desire to explore, novel, challenging, and uncertain events"? That's curiosity, and an article at The Atlantic explores how the motivation of curiosity plays into the development of giftedness. This is an interesting article about factors which contribute to "giftedness." Find the article.

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. A new article at the site Psychiatry Advisor offers advice for parents of children who are or might be seeking mental health services. The article addresses adolescent willingness to accept mental health services, how to react to suicide threats, and some of the risk factors for suicide. Find the article.

TiLT PARENTING offers a new podcast in which Debbie Reber talks with a mom, Tia, who has traded in her MBA and career in global advertising to raise three children, one differently wired -- "a twelve-year-old twice-exceptional daughter who has several processing and learning differences, including dysgraphia, dyslexia, and dyscalculia, as well as being gifted." Debbie says, "In our conversation, [Tia] shares her story, as well as tells us about her own roadblocks along the way of coming to terms with how unique her daughter was and finding a place of accepting what is." Find the podcast.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted a new, short article preparing for a smooth transition to college. Find it.

US NEWS has published an article parsing executive function and ADHD, and offering suggestions on how parents can improve executive functioning skills in their kiddos. Among the suggestions: use visuals and simple planners; consider timers; and use acronyms. Read more.

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