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Study: Don’t overlook sleep difficulties in children with ADHD; they may impair functioning as much as ADHD itself

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Prob­lems with sleep are com­mon in chil­dren with ADHD; in fact, past stud­ies indi­cate that sleep prob­lems occur in between 70 and 85%. Because of this, the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics rec­om­mends that sleep dif­fi­cul­ties should be assessed as part of a com­pre­hen­sive ADHD eval­u­a­tion. In some chil­dren, sig­nif­i­cant sleep dif­fi­cul­ties may be an impor­tant con­trib­u­tor to appar­ent ADHD symp­toms, and could con­tribute to a child being incor­rect­ly diag­nosed. For exam­ple, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Sports-related concussions can impact academic performance, especially in high school

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Con­cus­sions Are Hav­ing An Alarm­ing Impact On The Aca­d­e­mics Of Stu­dents (Reuters):

Stud­ies in the last five years have focused large­ly on the ath­let­ic side of the equa­tion — “tak­ing them off the field, not putting them back on the field with symp­toms, but this is real­ly look­ing at the stu­dent side of the equa­tion,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines

adhd-workingmemoryWhat did they find (at a recent study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Pedi­atrics, sur­vey­ing com­mu­ni­ty-based ADHD diag­noses and treat­ments)?

  • For around 30 per­cent of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD, the evi­dence that DSM cri­te­ria were met was miss­ing.
  • ADHD rat­ing scales were col­lect­ed from par­ents and teach­ers for only 56 per­cent of youth with an ADHD diag­no­sis.

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5 Reasons Why Parents of Children with ADHD Need to Become Proactive, Well-Informed Advocates

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Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from com­mu­ni­ty-based pedi­a­tri­cians, so it is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for that care to be con­sis­tent with best-prac­tice guide­lines.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, all too often it is not.

The guidelines

Here is a brief sum­ma­ry of some key ADHD guide­lines pub­lished by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics Read the rest of this entry »

To reduce ADHD epidemic, promote (concussion-free) sports and physical activity programs?

brainimaging_cognitivetasksExer­cise Is ADHD Med­ica­tion (The Atlantic): “This morn­ing the med­ical jour­nal Pedi­atrics pub­lished research that found kids who took part in a reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­i­ty pro­gram showed impor­tant enhance­ment of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and brain func­tion. The findings…“demonstrate a causal effect of a phys­i­cal pro­gram on exec­u­tive con­trol, and pro­vide sup­port for phys­i­cal activ­i­ty for improv­ing child­hood cog­ni­tion Read the rest of this entry »

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