PBS Launches New Apps and Games for Math

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, online 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 persists into adolescence or even adulthood.

Pediatricians should also look out for learning disabilities, anxiety and other issues that can go hand-in-hand with ADHD. And, they should tailor treatment with behavior therapy and medication based on kids’ age and severity of symptoms, says a statement published in Pediatrics. (here)

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between six and nine percent of kids and teens have ADHD, with rates higher in adolescents than younger kids.

Source: Reuters

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PBS Launches New Apps and Games for Home and School

PBS KIDS is launching a slew of new apps for kids age two to eight with hopes of building math skills.

The games revolve around well-known characters and stories, visit this including Curious George, medications The Cat in the Hat, medications and the Electric Company. Each “suite” of games can be played both at home and at school — on the PBS Kids Lab Web site, on mobile devices, and via Interactive whiteboards. The games — which will add up to more than 40 when they’re all launched — can be sorted by property (such as Curious George) or by age, skill, and device. For parents, the Home Activities link offers suggestions for learning about shapes, counting or spatial sense, for instance, and the Classroom Activities link suggests related games, books, and projects.

“We want to take what children are excited about, like Curious George and add on a layer of education.”

The four suites launched today include The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Curious George, Sid the Science Kid, and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. In the coming weeks and months, more games, including literacy games related to Super Why and math-related games like Dinosaur Train and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman will be rolled out.

Source: KQED 

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