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Is “facilitated communication” back again?

According to an article in the Washington Post, parents of autistic children are urging the use of “facilitated communication” with their children in school.  The approach, developed by Douglas Biklin in 1990, was essentially discredited, however the article presents the history of the approach as well as the current views of pros and cons.  Your thoughts?

Teacher mindfulness classes

An article in SmartBrief/Education describes a program developed by two teachers to provide mindfulness training for teachers in their school.  Results were very good, as you might expect.  One has to believe this would be an excellent project for school psychologists to undertake in their schools!

Very early identification of autism!

New research from the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , reported in disabilityscoop, suggests that infants under 1 year old can be reliably identified as exhibiting autistic tendencies by looking at brain development differences.  This is exciting news for potential early intervention measures!

Teacher Help project invitation

Below you will find an invitation to participate in an information session on the Teacher Help e-Health project from Dalhousie University.  The project will provide direct support to teachers with students who experience neurodevelopmental issues, in partnership with school psychologists.  If you are able to participate, please do sign up!teacher-help-webinar-infographic

Teen girls more impacted by depression; social media a cause?

New research from theJohns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in Pediatrics and reported in NPR Health News, suggests that more girls than boys are experiencing depression, especially since 2011, and the easy access to social media is being suggested as a cause.  Social media “can exacerbate that harsh focus on looks and other judgments from peers”, the author suggests, and open the teens to more cyberbullying.  Awareness of signs of depression are important for adults, as well as quick access to brief counselling and mindfulness training are recommended.

“Dynamic testing” benefits gifted students

Research from the Universiteit Leiden looked at the benefits of “dynamic testing” with gifted students and found it superior to “traditional testing” (IQ) in terms of understanding how students process information and learn.  This is not a new concept in assessment, and really seems to be one that is worth a second look.

Delaying pot smoking til late teens is better for the brain

A new study from the University of Montreal, cited in EurekAlert, has noted that the earlier marijuana smoking begins, the more risk of damage to brain function exists.  However there seems to be no ill effects for those who wait til after age 17 to begin smoking pot.  Next steps are planned for study, but in the meantime, convincing kids to delay the habit seems to be important.