ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE ACT. A Chicago Tribune article didn't do any favors for those in the 2e community trying to get accommodations for their gifted children on tests such as the ACT or SAT. The article implied that parents in high-income communities "game" the system by getting a disproportionate percentage of the accommodations granted for the ACT. The author of the article also seemed to have a problem that some kids who got accommodations scored in the 30s (out of 36) -- implying to us that maybe kids with disabilities shouldn't able to score well even with accommodations, or maybe that gifted kids don't need accommodations at all. We don't agree. We support accommodations for any child who needs them in order to have a test reflect their true abilities. Find the article.
BIPOLAR DISORDER IN COLLEGE. The Boston Globe ran an article about college students with bipolar disorder, noting that 50 percent of first episodes come between ages 15 and 25. The article profiled several college students and their (scary) experiences during manic episodes. Read more.
IMPULSIVITY AND THE BRAIN. Brain imaging researchers have identified 13 brain networks involved when impulse inhibition succeeds or fails. Activity (or lack of it) in the networks was linked to alcohol and drug use and to symptoms of AD/HD. Read more.
FREE WRIGHTSLAW CONFERENCE. On May 12, Wrightslaw has scheduled a free, sponsored advocacy conference in Sarasota, Florida. In the area? Find out more.
DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. The April Educator's Guild Newsletter is out, featuring "the myths of giftedness" in a variety of articles. Also in the newsletter: updates concerning the Educators Guild. Find the newsletter.
AD/HD MEDS. The Child Mind Institute has posted an article on its site titled "The Facts on AD/HD Medications." The article addresses these questions:
- Do meds work?
- Do kids develop tolerance to meds over time?