NAMI Basics News
Fall Basics class are up and running in Mercer County and planned for early 2014 in Bergen County and Sussex County. Martha Silva is teaching a Bases y Fundamentos class at the North Hudson Community Corporation in Passaic this fall.
NAMINJ will hold a Basics teacher-training weekend on January 11-12 (snow date - 1/22-1/23) at St. Francis Residential Community in Denville. If you are interested in training to teach Basics, contact Carol McGough.
Kidsinthehouse.com, which archives 8,000+ videos on the subject of parenting, has four videos dealing with children and mental health. Three feature Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI's Medical Director, one of which is entitled Benefits of NAMI Basic Course. Jay Gaylen, dad of a child with bipolar disorder, narrates the fourth, NAMI Basics Program.
Children's Mental Health News
A recent article published in Psychiatric Times (3/13/13) discusses the risk of tagging particularly gifted children with a diagnosis of mental illness. Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis, a pediatrician and director of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) explains the findings of the 2010 Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health in regard to gifted children. She states,
Highly gifted children are a particular diagnostic challenge, with errors that can occur both ways. When pediatric diagnoses are carelessly applied, gifted children are frequently mislabeled with ADHD, autistic, depressive or bipolar disorders. Yet sometimes being gifted effectively hides these same conditions.
Kuzujanakis goes on to discuss the minimal instruction that parents and physicians receive on the identification and management of gifted children. Often gifted children exhibit behaviors similar to children with mental disorders. Parents are advised to keep in mind that variability does not always indicate a disorder. Furthermore, parents must insist that diagnosticians look at all aspects of the child's behavior - strengths as well as weaknesses.
For more information about gifted children and twice exceptional children (children who are both gifted and identified with attention, behavior and/or learning disorders)
SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) - www.sengifted.org
National Association for Gifted Children - www.nagc.org
Davidson Institute - www.davidsongifted.org
CEC-TAG - www.cectag.com
Uniquely Gifted - www.uniquelygifted.org
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children - www.world-gifted.org
Hoagies' Gifted - www.hoagiesgifted.org
NJ Department of Education FAQ - www.state.nj.us/education/aps/ccc/faq_gandt.htm
Twice exceptional children - www.cec.sped.org