Archive of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

“Now What Do I Do?” Coaching Tips for Educators of Children With LD and ADHD

Posted on November 11, 2013

This article approaches coaching through a different lens - looking at how adults can "coach" children.  The article states, " 'Coaching' is the term I use to designate how caring adults use informed knowledge to help all children—especially those with special needs—manage the bumps and bruises along their childhood paths. This knowledge is used to help children improve upon their self-control and social skills in a world with high expectations and sharp penalties." “Now What Do I Do?

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Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge

Posted on March 03, 2012

"My mom is a hero," Alfredo said, cutting me off one sentence into a picture book about Martin Luther King, Jr. His chubby second-grade body perpetually squirmed on the rug where my 32 students were seated. "She brought us here from El Salvador by herself. Me, my two sisters, and our baby brother. We walked." "My mom is a hero too," said Catalina. "She brought us from Mexico. But we came in a truck." "The desert was hot," Alfredo cut her off. "The truck was hot," Catalina said. The two be

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More Students with Disabilities Heading to College

Posted on February 02, 2012

Postsecondary options expanding When Andrew Van Cleave thought about what he wanted to do after high school, this son of two university graduates came up with the same answer many his age come up with: go to college. Until the past decade, though, college wasn't much of an option for students, including Mr. Van Cleave, who have significant intellectual impairments. This month, the 24-year-old, who has an intellectual disability and ADHD, became one of the first graduates of a two-year

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Kids With ADHD Have Distinct Brain Patterns

Posted on February 02, 2012

ADHD is a common childhood disorder, sickness affecting an estimated 5% to 8% of school-aged children. Researchers Working Toward Developing a Test for ADHD By finding distinct patterns of activity in the brains of children with ADHD, find researchers hope to someday develop an early test for the disorder. Researchers used a specialized brain scan called a functional MRI to watch brain activity in 18 children aged 9 to 15 with ADHD and 18 children of the same ages without the disorder. S

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Dad’s Depression May Raise Kids’ Risk of Emotional Problems

Posted on February 02, 2012

Study Shows Impact of Fathers' Depression on Children's Emotional Development Children of depressed dads are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, compared with kids whose dads are not depressed, according to a new study. According to the findings, a child's risk for emotional or behavioral problems was still much greater if their mothers, rather than fathers, were depressed or had other emotional problems (19% vs. 11%, respectively). Children were even more likely to

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Little Evidence of Heart Risks From ADHD Meds

Posted on February 02, 2012

But appropriate screening, monitoring recommended, researchers say TUESDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder don't appear to raise the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems in children and young adults, new research shows. And if any increased risk from stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta does exist, the danger in absolute numbers would be extremely low, said Dr. William O. Cooper, lea

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Attention Problems Limit School Success

Posted on January 01, 2012

Emerging research from the University of Montreal suggests that inattention, information pills rather than hyperactivity, viagra approved is the critical indicator for high school success and graduation. “Children with attention problems need preventative intervention early in their development,” explained lead author Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pingault. Pingault and his research team came to their conclusion after looking at data collected from the parents and teachers of 2,000 children over a

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Consider ADHD starting at age four?

Posted on January 01, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics this weekend expanded its guidelines for diagnosing and treating kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, recommending that doctors evaluate all patients aged four to 18 who show signs of the condition. The new guidelines update decade-old recommendations that focused on diagnosing and managing ADHD in kids aged six to 12. But behavior problems, over-activity, and trouble paying attention can show up earlier, researchers said and ADHD often persis

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Help Students Become Better Listeners

Posted on December 12, 2011

"How do you teach people to LISTEN better? Everyone seems to want very individualized instructions. They don't listen to any of the instructions and then the minute they have a problem with the assignment they want me to explain it all over again to them, personally. It seems to be almost every teacher's number one problem -- how to teach listening skills..." Many of us have faced, or are facing, this challenge. It can be frustrating to hear students asking, "What are we supposed to do?"

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Is SpongeBob SquarePants Bad for Children?

Posted on December 12, 2011

Recent viewers of “SpongeBob SquarePants” did worse on attention tests. Researchers report that 4-year-olds who had just watched the fast-paced fantasy cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants” — which follows the undersea adventures of a yellow sponge — did worse on tests of attention and problem-solving than young children who watched a slower-paced educational program or spent time drawing. “The children who watched the cartoon were operating at half the capacity compared to other chi

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