Monthly Archives: May 2013
We started this chat by asking the question, “Who should advocate for gifted children?” and the list seemed limitless. Among those mentioned included parents, grandparents, educators, higher-ed faculty, superintendents, politicians, and policy-makers to name a few. As Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, pointed out, “The thing is, advocating for a population isn’t just an education issue. It’s a humanity issue. Part of being civilized.” And Toby Brown added, “Like most things, we should model advocacy for all those who need support.” Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.
Global #gtchat then explored why people should advocate for gifted students beyond their/our own children’s school years? Many great responses were given. “Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.” “Lifelong advocates provide continuity in local gifted groups and state organizations.” A full transcript may be found here.
Special thanks for the many links added during chat by @Les Links (Leslie Graves), @cybraryman1 (Jerry Blumengarten) and @GiftedHF (Corin Goodwin).
Gifted Advocacy from Hoagies Gifted Education Page
How To Become an Educational Advocate from Hoagies Gifted Education Page
International Gifted Advocacy Organisations and Best Practice from Giftedkidsie
Gifted and Talented Advocacy Sites from Cybraryman
Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students from Davidson Gifted
Needed: Parent Advocacy from Duke TIP
Parent Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
This week’s #gtchat was a follow-up to our recent interview with Dr. James Webb about the Misdiagnosis Initiative from SENG. A link to that interview appears in the links below.
Since the interview, a major announcement by the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S. had a major impact on this chat. The NIMH will no longer be supporting the DSM (Data and Statistical Manual for Diagnosing Mental Disorders). With the newest DSM-5 set to be released on May 24th by the American Psychiatric Association, this decision sent shock waves through the Psychiatric community. Justification for the decision was that in the future, diagnosis needs to be based on physiological results rather than on strictly observable behaviors.
Unfortunately, this new approach is at least a decade off; leaving the DSM still a key diagnostic tool for most U.S. health care professionals. Ultimately, it may prove highly beneficial for gifted children and decrease the probability of misdiagnosis. Time will tell.
An interview w/Dr. James Webb of @giftedbooks & @SENG_Gifted on the “Misdiagnosis Initiative”
The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children (YouTube) from @SENG_Gifted
A brochure titled “Decreasing Medical Misdiagnosis in Gifted Children,” available from SENG
Grand Rounds lecture on misdiagnosis/dual diagnoses by Dr. James T. Webb, Univ of Wisconsin Medical School
Article by Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis for Huffington Post, ‘The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness’
‘ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted’ by Webb & Latimer
‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children’ by Webb & others from @SENG_Gifted
‘Psychologists Familiar with Testing the Gifted & Exceptionally Gifted’ from @HoagiesGifted
‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children & Adults’ (book) from @giftedbooks
“Psychiatry Divided as Mental Health ‘bible’ Denounced” New Scientist
‘Texas Private IQ Testing Professionals’ recommended by Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted
On Giftedness and 2E or Being ‘Twice Exceptional’ from Leslie Graves