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Jan. 24, 2013

ADHD rises by almost 25 percent in 1 decade
The number of children with ADHD is rising rapidly, according to a study of more than 840,000 California children. While the research findings echo those of nationwide studies, the new study is stronger than some other studies, says researcher Dr. Darios Getahun, a scientist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, a large health plan. "We relied on the clinical diagnosis of ADHD [by doctors] and medication prescriptions rather than teacher or parent report," he says.More

Dyslexia is no joke for a struggling child
The Irish News
Dyslexia can be a debilitating condition for children and adults alike but, as Leona O'Neill points out, no one need be defined by this one single difficulty three years ago we were told our oldest boy had dyslexia. For almost a year he was struggling with his reading and having real trouble with his writing and spelling. You could tell something was wrong when he would constantly reverse his letters and get really frustrated and annoyed when trying to comprehend his homework.More

Sports help children with developmental disabilities excel
The Port Lavaca Wave
When children are diagnosed with a learning or a neural developmental disorder, parents and doctors usually hold little hope of the child playing competitive sports. Two youths have beat the odds with the game of basketball. Xavier King, 14, who is an eighth grade student at Travis Middle School in Port Lavaca, Texas, is considered an asset to his Fiddler basketball B Team despite his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, a learning disorder.More

Study: ADHD medication can slow growth in teenage boys
Medical Xpress
Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr. Alison Poulton from the University of Sydney and her coauthors investigated the influence of stimulant medication on the growth and physical development during puberty of adolescent boys with ADHD.More

Schools troubled by shortage of special education aides
Pioneer Press
Alyse Dansby helps with reading assignments, trots beside students in gym class and diffuses tension in the bustling cafeteria. It's her job to tell apart the kids set off by touch, the ones who crave it and the child who needs to carry a heavy box of textbooks to feel grounded. It's her job to spot the "Einstein-smart" kids behind walls of reticence. Dansby is a veteran aide, or paraprofessional, in the program for students with autism at St. Paul's Washington Technology Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., — and no day goes exactly as planned. This school year, program staffing has thrown many of the wrenches.More

California ranks low in providing special-needs care to children
Los Angeles Times
California children with special healthcare needs receive worse care than those in most other states, according to an analysis by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The foundation ranked California 46th in effective coordination of medical care and 50th for referrals to specialty care. Children with chronic physical, developmental or emotional problems need special care. About 1 million such children live in California, according to the Palo Alto-based foundation, which was founded in 1997 to increase the quality and accessibility of children's healthcare.More

How to succeed — despite dyslexia
Some people with disabilities or challenges focus on how much harder their lives are because of the odds they were dealt. Others spend their time figuring out ways to live their lives to the fullest despite those challenges. Twenty-three-year-old Elisa Cabrera belongs to the latter group. She didn't let dyslexia — a learning disability that affects reading — stand in her way. Instead, she figured out how to succeed in spite of the obstacle.More

ADHD study skills breakthrough: Fewer steps lead to greater learning
PRNewswire via Reuters
Parents and teachers who want a student with ADHD to do better in school should get to know the ADHD brain, states a breakthrough article recently published by ADDitude Magazine. The author, Susan Kruger, M.Ed., is founder of SOAR® Learning, Inc., a leading resource for study skills and study skill curriculum for ADHD students. The article provides a simple explanation about the brain biology of ADHD then clearly illustrates how to work with that biology to maximize learning power.More

Clinical trial finds intensive treatment highly effective for children with high-functioning autism
Canisius College via ScienceDaily
In a second randomized clinical trial, researchers at the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College have found a comprehensive summer treatment to be highly effective for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Children with the disorders endure lifelong impairments involving social and social-communicative functioning and restricted and repetitive interests and behaviors. Despite their significant needs, few comprehensive programs have been developed and validated for children with HFASDs.More

Study: Children with ADHD earn less, work less later in life
The Atlantic
In July, Jason Fletcher, a professor at Yale's School of Public Health, released a working paper concluding that depressed teenagers earn roughly 20 percent less on average later in life. Fletcher has recently released a new paper looking at the consequences of childhood Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, using data on some 15,000 Americans who were tracked from their teens to around age 30. And much like in his depression study, Fletcher reaches some startling conclusions. They are summarized in the graphs below.More

Low levels of common flame-retardant chemical damages brain cells
Medical News Today
A common ingredient in flame retardants, BDE-49 accumulates in human blood, fat and breast milk. Despite these concentrations, little research has been done on the chemical's potential health risks. However, a study by scientists at the UC Davis MIND Institute is shedding new light on BDE-49's potential danger to brain health. The study showed that even tiny amounts of the compound damage neural mitochondria, the energy plants that power our cells. The chemical, quite literally, reduces brain power.More