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5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

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— Dr. David Rabiner, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update.

Given the ongoing changes and controversies surrounding ADHD diagnosis and treatment, let us highlight 5 key articles written by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner to summarize recent scientific findings and their implications, plus a very relevant online course to help parents and professionals help children with ADHD.

1. Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • Key insight: Evidence-based guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the evaluation and treatment of ADHD are frequently not followed. Many children are diagnosed with ADHD in the absence of clearly meeting DSM diagnostic criteria, and behavioral treatment is rarely recommended.
  • Key data point: Pediatricians prescribed ADHD medication to roughly 93% of youth diagnosed with ADHD. Documentation that behavioral treatment was recommended, however, was present in only 13% of the charts.

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Now available — Online Course: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

ADHDTreatments_courseoutlineIn order to successfully promote children’s healthy brain development, every parent whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD should learn how to systematically navigate and monitor the range of potential ADHD treatments based on the latest scientific evidence. This course aims at providing the necessary information, frameworks and toolkits to make well-informed decisions, in conjunction with professional advice, about medication, behavioral therapy, exercise, neurofeedback, working memory training, meditation, diet and supplements.

By the end of this 6-hour online, self-paced course participants will have gained the understanding and information required to navigate, prioritize and monitor ADHD treatments, both conventional and complementary, to maximize short-term and long-term healthy brain development for children with ADHD. Click HERE to learn more and purchase access (20%-off discount code: SB20)

The Federal Trade Commission vs Lumosity: What does it mean for the brain training market?

Despite all the noise around brain training, we must be careful not to confuse commerce with science. It is important to remember that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates marketing claims and communications in the United States, issues legal rulings against specific commercial behaviors.  Read the rest of this entry »

New course to provide an updated review of conventional & complementary ADHD treatments

Dear SharpBrains reader,

I hope you are doing well.

I am writing to let you know about an upcoming online course on how to navigate ADHD treatments that I am developing with Alvaro Fernandez, founder of the SharpBrains service tracking applied brain science. The course will take place this May, and is intended to equip parents and allied professionals with the information they need to Read the rest of this entry »

Announcement: New online course to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

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Dear colleagues and friends,

?We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between SharpBrains and the Attention Research Update to offer a new online course in May 2015, designed to equip participants with the understanding and information required to navigate and prioritize ADHD treatments–both conventional and complementary–to maximize healthy brain development for children with ADHD.

Course descrip­tion: Every parent whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD should learn how to systematically navigate and monitor the range of potential ADHD treatments based on the lat­est scientific evidence. This course will provide the necessary information, frameworks and toolkits to make well-informed decisions, in conjunction with professional advice, about medication, behavioral therapy, exercise, neu­ro­feed­back, working memory training, meditation, diet and supplements.

Who this is for: This new course can be a valuable resource for parents whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD and also for professionals seeking to stay updated.

Dr. David RabinerThe Fac­ulty:

  • Dr. David Rabiner, founder of the Atten­tion Research Update, is an Asso­ciate Dean and a Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity.
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum, is the co-author of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (2013).

–> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, please visit the course page:

How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

Friends of SharpBrains can register with a 10% discount using promotional code: sharp2015

Wishing you and yours an excellent 2015,

– The SharpBrains Team

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