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Study shows why children with ADHD should be reevaluated each year: Attention problems perceived by teachers are far less stable than we imagine

While the study below was published a few years ago, it makes an important point that I think is worth revisiting.

In the study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, my colleagues and I looked at how frequently teacher ratings of inattentive symptoms persist in children from one grade to the next. We felt this was an important issue to examine because recognition that ADHD is often a chronic condition can obscure the fact that attention problems do not always reflect an enduring child characteristic, and that important changes are possible when children move to a new classroom.

As you will see below, clinically-elevated attention problems as perceived by teachers are less stable than you may have imagined. Read the rest of this entry »

Discouraging new findings about pediatric care for children with ADHD: Often, best-practice guidelines are not followed

Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians. Given the large number of school-age children who require evaluation and treatment services for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor quality care can have on children’s development, it is important for children to routinely receive care in the community that is consistent with best-practice guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Resource: Free brain games for children (kid tested, teacher approved)

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Exquisite Minds (a website for gifted and creative children) has curated a fantastic list of Free Brain Games, promising that “These free brain games have been kid tested and teacher approved.”

We are proud our brain teasers for teens and adults top the list, and agree with their assessment that “This site is more intellectual in nature, it’s better for adult-child discussion or for use with older kids and adults.”

I hope you (and your kids) enjoy them all!

Non-invasive brain stimulation in children creates opportunities and risks

TMSvtDCSBrain Stimulation in Children Spurs Hope—and Concern (Scientific American):

“The idea of using magnets or electric currents to treat psychiatric or learning disorders — or just to enhance cognition — has generated a flurry of excitement over the past ten years. The technique is thought to work by activating neural circuits or by making it easier for neurons to fire. The research is still in its infancy, but at least 10,000 adults have undergone Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap

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Brain scans reveal how poverty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

“Growing up poor has long been linked to lower academic test scores. And there’s now mounting evidence that it’s partly because kids can suffer real physical consequences from low family incomes, including brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

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