Thursday, October 9, 2014

ADHD, Autism, Resources, Sugar, and More

IT'S BEEN ADHD AWARENESS MONTH for nine days now, and if you'd still like to do something to spread the word about ADHD, check out the site of ADDitude Magazine. You'll find resources to help you advocate. Separately, ADDitude is offering a free webinar titled "Understanding ADHD in Women and Girls," to be presented on October 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Find out more.

BETTER WAYS TO LEARN is the title of a recent piece in The New York Times offering tips on what makes learning truly effective -- and it's not just one-time, night-before-the-test cramming. If you or a 2e child you know could use better study habits, check out the article.

AUTISM BEHAVIORS: FROM UNPREDICTABILITY? An MIT study suggests that some autistic behaviors may come about because persons with autism may have impairments in their ability to predict the outside world. The chain: unpredictability leads to anxiety, which leads to certain autistic behaviors. One of the researchers stated, “We are saying that the world perhaps is appearing hyper-intense because it appears unpredictable." Read more.

AUTISM RESOURCE. The Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) launched its Autism Roadmap, a comprehensive, one-stop web site to help families find accurate, up-to-date information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The web site provides customized information based on family needs. According to CHOP, families using the Roadmap will find directories of service providers, community resources, government programs, information and ideas for various stages of life, and explanations of the latest research on ASD treatments and intervention. Read more, or find the Roadmap.

ADHD RESOURCE. The Child Mind Institute has released "Parents Guide to ADHD," a 16-page PDF covering ADHD bsics, diagnosis, and treatment. Find the guide.

EVALUATION RESOURCE. "If you disagree with the school district's evaluation and/or recommendations, you have the right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation at the school district's expense," says Wrightslaw. And in the current Special Ed Advocate, they tell you how to do it. Find the newsletter.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE. We recently blogged about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's scholarship offerings for four-year colleges. The foundation also has a program called "Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships," which they call "the largest private scholarship in the country for community college transfer students." Eligibility requirements include a GPA of 3.5 or above plus unmet financial need. Find out more.

AND FINALLY THIS -- something else to worry about, possibly in a way you haven't worried about it before. Sugar can negatively affect the brain of adolescents (in rats, anyway), causing memory problems and brain inflammation. A researcher remarked, "The brain is especially vulnerable to dietary influences during critical periods of development, like adolescence." While the rats' intake of sugars was about twice that of the average human teen, the results of this study could be something to pay attention to. Read more.

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