Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fed Help for ADHD, Non-academic Skills, Kid POV Podcast, and More

U.S. D.O.E ADDRESSES ADHD. According to the Los Angeles Times, the United States Department of Education has issued guidelines for schools regarding their responsibilities for students with ADHD. Evidently "schools must obey existing civil rights law to identify students with the disorder and provide them with accommodations to help them learn." Also from the article: "The guidelines make clear that school districts should evaluate students who may have the disorder even if they show high academic performance. Parents are entitled to ask that a district evaluate a student." This is all good news for the 2e community. Find the article. Find the D.O.E. press release. Find the Department's "Know Your Rights" document on this topic.

GOT A "CHALLENGING" KIDDO? The Child Mind Institute offers an article with tips for hiring and keeping sitters. Tip 1: "Before airing your dirty laundry, show them a smile or two." Find more.

NON-ACADEMIC SKILLS are addressed in an article at Education Week. From the article: "A growing body of research, drawn from the science of child development, demonstrates the extent of the impact that non-academic and social-emotional skills—such as self-regulation, problem-solving, social awareness, and growth mindset—have on academic outcomes and success in the workforce and in life." The article also notes that ESSA requires states to include at least one non-academic measure for school accountability. Find the article.

ASD MEDS. Disability Scoop notes that some medications commonly used to treat children on the spectrum can cause weight gain. Those drugs include Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Abilify. Read more.

KIDS AND PSYCHIATRIC HELP. An article at the Observer describes the advantages to identifying and intervening with children's mental health issues early, although a lack of child psychiatrists can be an impediment. The article notes some of the indicators of problems, and also how the same disorder can appear differently in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Find the article.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's July eNews Update is out, with news about the Thiel Foundation, the new DITD website, state legislative news, and more. Find the newsletter.

TiLT. A new podcast at this site for parents of "differently wired kids" features the 11yo son of the site's founder answering questions from other kids about his social life -- such as what his friendships are like, what happens when you have a meltdown in front of a friend, and more. Find the podcast.

STUDIES AND RESEARCH. Here are recent research-related items that have crossed our desk -- or our computer screen:

  • ADHD, ASD, OCD. A team of scientists has found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The impairments are in the white matter connecting the two hemispheres of the brain. Find the study write-up
  • ADHD MEDS. New research provides some of the first evidence that medications taken by millions of American children to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder offer long-term benefits. Researchers found treatment with ADHD medication made children less likely to suffer consequences of risky behaviors such as sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse during their teen years, and injuries. Find the study write-up
  • SOFTWARE FOR ADHD. Pediatricians are getting an assist from a web-based technology to improve the quality of ADHD care and patient outcomes. The software has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics for a five-state collaborative. Find the study write-up
  • TOURETTE'S. A drug used for schizophrenia can apparently ameliorate the severity of tics in children with Tourette's. Find the study write-up
  • ANXIETY, MINDFULNESS. Participants with anxiety disorder went through a mindfulness-based therapeutic intervention, and as a result "the anxiety... was significantly reduced following treatment, and the more mindfulness they practiced, the less anxious they felt." Find the study write-up

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