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July 26, 2012

Misdiagnosis: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Suki:A Parent's View from the Psychiatrist's Couch
Nonprofit Spotlight: Art duJour, A Creative Space for All Ages and Talents

Meet Two of the Teachers at The Santa Cruz Village
Viva: Ice Cream!

Science Fun with Christine: About Redheads and Pain!
Resources for Parents
This Week
Tales of the Basin: A Weekend of Storytelling
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(Graphics) ChangetheWorld.jpgOur world problems are complex enough to require solutions by exceptional people. Recognizing that this is an ongoing process in the history of civilization, we hope that solutions will come from our leaders and, but especially our children.  Let's nourish and guide them, but how?

The science on the human brain and body continues to expand as we learn more and more about ourselves. Much of this information is very useful to parents.  Suki examines the 2E "diagnosis".   Pediatrician, author and blogger Marianne Kuzujanakis talks about misdiagnosis and multiple diagnoses.   Perhaps these inquiring authors will help parents gain an understanding of how and where to find answers to help their children develop their full potential.

Is it true or are these cliches?  Are redheads more lively or louder than brunettes?  Do redheads  have more fun?  Do redheads feel pain more intensely than the rest of us?   Christine brings us some surprising facts about pigmentation, genes and temperament.  What's your experience with redheads?  Read Christine's article and email her!

(Books/Products) Different.jpgDo you recall that I raved about the movie on the life story of Temple Grandin?  Do see it and share it with children 12+.  It's an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles while living with autism. 

Currently I'm reading Different... not Less by Temple Grandin. 

"This book is a compilation of success stories from adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Each shares what helped them during their childhood and young lives that made them the independant adults they are today. One of the most important missions Temple Grandin has is making sure people with autism and Asperger's make something of their lives. As Temple says quite bluntly, "Being on Social Security is NOT a job choice."   These unique individuals often have great potential in parts of their minds that neurotypicals never even start to tap. This needs to be shared with the world. However, in order to share their hidden genius, they have to overcome many social obstacles. The point of this groundbreaking work is - it is possible, and it is WORTH it. Let these crusaders, handpicked by Temple herself, show how it can be done." [Amazon]

(Logos Event Calendar) GoogleScienceFair.jpgIf science will give us the answers, let's nourish an interest in science.  Visit the Google Science Fair website.  It may inspire your children to be thinking about their science projects ahead of time.

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  Misdiagnosis: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis

"Prior to the start of my session at last weekend's SENG Conference in Milwaukee, I'd been contemplating the anticipated questions. I was to present on the topic of misdiagnosis and the medical field. I hoped enough people would join me. I had some answers, but mostly I contemplated my own questions. None of these questions were easily resolved without the concerted effort by many people.

My topic wasn't original by any means, and the American Association for Gifted Children gathered a task force on just this topic as far back as 1985. I'd also recently written a blog series on misdiagnosis. The increases of ADHD (66%), and autism (78%) in the past decade were huge concerns. Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published an article in July showing that methylphenidate (Ritalin) was now the most frequently prescribed outpatient drug for U.S. children ages 12-17, and rising to the top five for children younger than 12 years.

Were the rises in diagnosis real, or were we overlooking issues not being addressed? I recall the teachings of my superiors in medical school, and how it was frequently preferred to explain away symptoms with a single diagnosis rather than multiple diagnoses. But what of a child with more than one condition? What if a child was both gifted and had ADHD? What of a gifted child with a learning disability as well as ADHD? Will one symptom negate the other? Will the ADHD be recognized at the cost of the learning disability and giftedness? Will ADHD go unnoticed in an over-compensating highly gifted child? Will a learning disability be missed in the presence of impulsivity? All are not uncommon occurrences..."  Read more>>>>

  Suki:A Parent's View from the Psychiatrist's Couch

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI promise that I am neither exaggerating nor joking when I tell you that I could have gotten any sort of diagnosis for my five-year-old daughter.

Confused as to why our bright, funny, active child couldn't make it through half a day in a classroom, we sought help from a child psychiatrist. She held up the diagnoses like a bouquet.

"Here we have ADHD, which comes with this lovely drug. Or you might want to choose Oppositional Defiant Disorder, which comes with a drug of a stronger flavor. Of course, there's always Bipolar Disorder. The drug for that diagnosis is very popular with parents this year."

Now I am, of course, being facetious. She didn't speak that way, but the implications were obvious. She could see that we were desperate, and she was there to solve our problems with pharmaceuticals.

However, if she'd paused to ask us, she would have found out that we had a very different mission in mind. We didn't want to know how to calm our daughter down-we wanted to know what was causing the problem in the first place... Continue>>>

  Nonprofit Spotlight: Art duJour, A Creative Space for All Ages and Talents

(Photos General) ArtduJour_House.jpgInside the charming house on Cedar Street, are displays of student and teacher art, busy workrooms --a magical art studio. As you walk through the rooms you find yourself thinking, "Sign me up! I want to learn how to ....."  When you step into the garden, the children were buzzing with their projects and you could just imagine an art gathering.  It's very inspiring!

Co-founder Heather Young told us, "Our studio space experience -- a fantastic animation camp last week, and a sold out cooking camp this week -- stirs up a very real wave of excitement around the innovative projects that unfold from an entire weeks' worth of creatively-sparked kid energies.  A week can sometimes feel like a decade for many kids to stay on task. Process and the organic nature of creative free flow thought is a muscle that deserves a workout."

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We are an arts education space that uses a thematic approach for monthly classes, workshops. The art in the gallery also reflects this theme and is used a teaching tool within the Santa Cruz community. If you are looking for a great place for building
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Our Needs: Seeking Board Members and volunteer art docents for our gallery space.
Additional needs: Accounting & fund development bookeeping. We currently use quickbooks. 

Please visit us! Friday Fun Days

 

Heather Young | website | info@artdujour.org | 831-621-0672 | 1013 Cedar St

 

Art du Jour has a 501 (c)(3) status as a non-profit educational arts-based community organization. Services support all of Santa Cruz County.

 

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  Meet Two of the Teachers at The Santa Cruz Village

(Photos General) JessicaGoodwin.jpgJessica Goodwin discovered her true passion for health and fitness growing up by the ocean. Being fit and healthy became ever more important when it came to being pregnant and becoming a mom. After having two children and still being active Jessica finally pursued her true passion and became an NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Jessica is offering a class in techniques to Restore the Core. Her approach of muscle and balance helps create a foundation to build upon so you work in the correct order to ensure results. Jessica believes in involving the whole family in every aspect of living healthy and exercising, especially when creating a new you. Jessica's main focus is to help mothers and women to be healthy not just for themselves but also for their families. A core class with Jessica helps you discover and take charge of your ability to live a quality life.

Join us for our FREE demo class this Saturday, July 28th from 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Restore the Core is the newest addition to our family fitness offerings. This mat based pilates class is
(Photos General) LisaPiediscalzi.jpgperfect for Mamas, and our playroom helps make this class baby/child friendly. The first 4 week series starts Monday July 30th at 9:00 am Visit our class page for more info and to register today!

Lisa PIediscalzi, L.Ac., RCST, IBCLC, is an acupuncturist, craniosacral therapist and lactation consultant specializing in holistic care for new families. Lisa has been in practice since 1994, and offers a range of services, including: craniosacral therapy for newborns; breastfeeding support; acupuncture, moxibustion and massage for mamas; shonishin acupressure for infants and children; breastfeeding classes and support groups. Lisa offers a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your concerns. Check out Lisa's classes at The Village. She also makes house calls!

Visit the The Santa Cruz Village.  You are sure to find a class to meet your needs! 

  Viva: Ice Cream!

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Let me know what you thought of this book!

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: About Redheads and Pain!

(Photos General) LucilleBall.jpgDo redheads have more fun? Or is that blonds? There is some interesting research that shows that redheads are distinctly different than other people.

Where do redheads come from? There seems to be a mutation in one gene that produces red hair and fair skin. It doesn't allow the production of the melanin that allows most people to tan nicely. Why does this matter?

There has been stories circulating among anesthesiologists that redheads needed more anesthesia during surgery. Some doctors got curious and checked. Sure enough, redheads need considerably more anesthesia (something like 20%) and some types of anesthesia don't work as well. Redheads also don't like going to the dentist, and complain about pain and not getting numb.

Why am I writing this? My Mom was a fair-skinned redhead, and although I have combination brunette and red hair, I also have the fair skin. I also inherited that pain gene. I discovered this during my first knee surgery when the anesthesia started wearing off during surgery. It is almost impossible for the dentist to numb me, and frankly it isn't worth it to me. Lots of pain medicines don't work on me. After 3 knee surgeries I have tried many.

Did this impact some famous redheads? Vincent Van Gogh was a redhead. So was Lizzie Borden. Of course Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain were also redheads. So maybe it all balances out.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/the-pain-of-being-a-redhead/

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

  Resources for Parents

Read more posts on the challenges of raising and meeting the needs of our children.  These bloggers can be found at Great Potential Press.

Technology and 21st Century Parenting - Arlene DeVries

ABCs of Being Smart . . . F Is for Fit and Flexibility - Dr. Joanne Foster

On Being the Parent of a 2e Child - Suki Wessling

The Difficult Question of Gender Identity - Suki Wessling

Understanding Twice-Exceptional Children - Dr. Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsch

The Pressures Bright Children Feel, and Why They May Underachieve - Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Exalting Our Children: The Value & Impact of Praise on School Achievement - Dr. Joy Davis

How Other Parents Add to the Challenge of Raising Gifted Kids - Suki Wessling

The Role of Parents In Identifying Gifted Children - Suki Wessling

Spanking: An Ineffective Punishment With a Hidden Cost - Dr. James T. Webb

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 Tales of the Basin: A Weekend of Storytelling

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Tales of the Basin: A Weekend of Storytelling - July 28 & 29
Events of this weekend will spotlight storytellers, park history, special children's performers and the tradition of spinning a yarn beside the evening fire. South Bay Storytellers will present the campfire program on Saturday night.

Footsteps of the Founders ~ Saturday, July 28 at 12:00 noon
This moderate five-mile, four-hour loop walk will take you back in time to the origins of our oldest state park. Discover the redwoods and other treasures that inspired the movement to save the trees. Docent Doreen Devorah will share stories of the park's first human inhabitants, pioneering homesteaders and early redwood conservationists. We'll pass historical places of interest and enjoy views of Slippery Rock and Sempervirens Falls. Meet at Park Headquarters.

(Photos General) Big_Basin.jpgFamily Discovery Walk ~ Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 pm
Join docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack or lunch and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Big Basin "Nature Tails" ~ Saturday, July 28 at 4:30 pm
A world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Storytellers' Showcase Campfire! ~ Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 7:00, and storytelling at 7:30.

Shadowbrook Stroll ~ Sunday, July 29 at 12:00 noon
Join docent Doreen Devorah as she guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.


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