A SUPPORT GROUP for parents, guardians, and caregivers of 2e teens with mental illness/mood disorders begins this fall in Massachusetts. According to the organizer, the group will be small (6-8 adults) and will meet every Monday evening in the Newton/Watertown/Cambridge area (exact location still TBD). The group will be facilitated by a licensed mental health clinician who has worked for many years with teens with mental illness/mood disorders. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (617)547-0611.
ADDITUDE is offering back-to-school resources on its website. One is a free download titled "Classroom Accommodations for School Children with AD/HD"; another is a sample letter to introduce your AD/HD child to this year's teacher; and a third is a sample letter to request accommodations.
THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has also posted a back-to-school resource intended to help your children get a good start in college "by finding the support they need"; find the article. In addition, this site also currently has a video on "internal compulsions" -- hard-to-spot OCD rituals; find out more. Finally, you'll also find an article on how occupational therapists can help children in areas such as attention, sensory processing, and motor skills; read it.
AD/HD AND GIRLS. The American Psychological Association has published a study indicating that girls with AD/HD are more at risk for self-injury and suicide attempts as young adults. If this finding is of interest to you, read more.
AD/HD SUMMER CAMP. Professor Mark Stein of the University of Illinois at Chicago founded and runs a Camp STAR for seven weeks during the summer in the Chicago area. According to an article on the camp, it is "a summer treatment program that looks and functions like a camp" for children with AD/HD. The cost? Over $6,000. One parent was quoted as saying she saw "amazing changes" in her son. Find more information.
AD/HD AND MATH. About.com has updated an article on AD/HD and math skills, exploring why math can be difficult for kids with AD/HD and providing tips for improving math skills in kids with AD/HD. Find the article.
TODDLERS WHO SNORE may be more prone to behavioral problems at age three. An article in Family Practice News suggests that physicians screen for snoring. Read it.
RELUCTANT WRITERS is the topic of an article in Education Week. A teacher explains techniques for helping students share their thoughts in writing, including daily journaling. The teacher has tried her methods with gifted kids, ASD kids, and ESL kids, among others. Read the article. (And remember that we at 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter also offer a "Spotlight on 2e Series" booklet called Writing and the 2e Learner.)
MATT COHEN'S NEWSLETTER. In his August issue, special ed attorney Cohen addresses RTI ("dream or nightmare?"); a new colleague at his firm writes on the topic of executive functioning deficit as a cause of underachievement. Find the newsletter.
SPRING IN AUSTRALIA -- it's coming, and Jo Freitag has published a list of extension and holiday programs in her Gifted Resources Newsletter. Find it.
ANOTHER THING TO WORRY ABOUT. The lead sentence from this article in Science Daily says it all: "Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado." Read more. Oh, wait -- the researchers also say, "These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health."