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Today I had the great good fortune to work with fifty special educators, administrators, regular classroom teachers, parents, specialists, and others interested in helping students with special needs succeed in the classroom and in life. The workshop was held at the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine, a beautiful setting (on a lovely day) for exploring a...
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Today  I started a Facebook page dedicated to Mood Pride.  Mood  Pride is an offshoot of the neurodiversity movement, suggesting that we focus on the ”differences” of people with mood disorders, rather than solely on the ”deficits.”  Mood disorders are terrible afflictions, don’t get me wrong.  My own mood disorder (five episodes of major depression...
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   Over the past sixty years, we’ve witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of new psychiatric illnesses.  The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, first published in 1952, originally listed about 100 categories of illness.  By the year 2000, that number had tripled.  We’ve become accustomed to hearing in the news about “learning...
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#CNN# –"The works of David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide September 12, are famous for their obsessively observed detail and emotional nuance. David Foster Wallace reportedly battled depression for 20 years. Certain characteristics of his prose — hypersensitivity and constant rumination, or persistent contemplation — reflect a pattern of temperament that some psychology researchers say...
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Researchers at Stanford Medical School have demonstrated that children of bipolar parents score higher on a non-verbal creativity test than children of "healthy" parents.  The study compared creativity scores of 40 bipolar parents and 40 offspring (half of whom had bipolar disorder and the other half of whom had ADHD), with 18 healthy adults and 18 healthy...
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