Diagnosing 2e, Cheating, School Psychs, More

DEVON MACEACHRON has posted a checklist she uses with parents to help determine whether a child might be twice-exceptional. She writes, “I find that parents usually have quite accurate insights to their children, and encourage you to trust your instincts…” Her practice focuses on 2e kiddos. Find the checklist.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL. Last week’s revelations about parental “cheating” to get kids onto elite schools have several facets. Psychologist Gail Post writes about two of of them in regard to gifted students — that such cheating might deny a deserved spot to an “ordinary,” gifted, non-cheating student, and how gifted students might be very morally offended by such cheating. Find Post’s opinions. Another facet is how one form of the cheating specifically hurts students with LDs, including twice-exceptional students — that’s when some cheating parents obtained fraudulent documentation to allow their neurotypical offspring extra time on standardized tests. Find out more about this facet at NPR, at Inside Higher Ed, or at the site of the LDA.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST SHORTAGE. In theory, school psychologists are a great help to 2e students. According to the Montana Standard, “a school psychologist helps break down barriers to students’ learning and success; helps implement evidence-based instruction; helps parents make informed decisions about education of their children; and helps youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.” But there’s a problem — there aren’t enough of them. Find out more about the school psychologist’s role and about the shortage.

EDUCATION POLICY AND PRACTICE. Last week in the U.S., the White House released the president’s proposed 2020 budget proposal, under which education in general would take about a $9B hit. Some of the usual targets are still in the cross-hairs — Javits Act funding, for example. But as Policy Insider from the Council for Exceptional Children notes, the proposal “dismisses the needs of children with exceptionalities.” Find out more from CEC, or check out Education Dive, the Washington Post. Education Week, or the T.H.E Journal. The only good news here: last year, Congress pretty much ignored the presidents education budget proposals.

EDUCATION FADS. “Grit” has gotten lots of press in recent years as being important to academic success. However, recent research has identified problems with the construct and with the work underlying it. Read more about the problems and also what the construct’s creator, Angela Duckworth, says in response.

MUSIC THERAPY can be used with students to work on “social skills, self-control, emotional regulation and overcoming sensitivities to sound and touch,” according to an article in the South Carolina Post and Courier. Although supported by research, the therapy is evidently not widely used in public schools. Read more.

SUMMER INSTITUTE. The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development will again offer “Study with the Masters,” a summer institute in 2e education. Dates this year are July 21–26 on the Bridges Academy campus in Studio City, California. According to the 2e Center, “Because you are a part of our community, we want to give you as much advance notice as possible to enjoy the benefit of our early bird registration discount.” Find out more.

— Mental health, from NewsWise: “The percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade, with no corresponding increase in older adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.” Find the study write-up.
— TNS and ADHD, from Science Daily: “Currently approved in Canada and Europe for adults with medication-resistant depression and seizures, trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) has been found to be an effective and safe means of treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), reports a new study.” Find the study write-up.
— Depression treatment, from Science Daily: “With a weak alternating electrical current sent through electrodes attached to the scalp, researchers successfully targeted a naturally occurring electrical pattern in a specific part of the brain and markedly improved depression symptoms in about 70 percent of participants in a clinical study.” Find the study write-up.