Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Homework, ASD, Depression, Anxiety, Temple Grandin, and More

DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON HOMEWORK. Homework has no effect on younger students, and a "modest" effect on the academic achievement of older students. That's the starting point for a piece by educational researcher Daniel Willingham in The Washington Post. In the piece he notes a study that calls into question the validity of our assumptions for older students, but the piece certainly begs the question (again) of why younger students get homework. Find the piece.

ASD DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT RATES. State mandates requiring commercial health plans to cover the cost of services for children with autism spectrum disorder have resulted in an increased number of children being diagnosed and treated for ASD, according to new research. And the longer the mandates are in effect, the larger the increase in ASD diagnosis. Find out more.

UNDERSTOOD offers nine ways to show empathy for kids with learning and attention issues. For example: "Don't just assume." Ask directly about what your child is feeling or experiencing. Find the tips.

EPIGENETICS, DEPRESSION. Mayo Clinic is highlighting the potential merits of using precision medicine in prescribing antidepressants, according to a news release. Knowing a patent's genetic makeup can help a treatment provider choose among the 20 FDA-approved treatments for depression. Find the news release. And, if this topic is of interest to you, check out a background piece on epigenetics.

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.
  • University counseling centers often have waiting lists for students seeking help with anxiety or depression, according to Inside Higher Ed. If you have a college-age 2e kiddo, perhaps check out what's going on with college and university counseling centers. 
  • HealthDay reports that depression affects about three million teens per year, a rate of about 11 percent. Find out more
  • Research at the University of Texas indicates that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders. Young teens who suffer from anxiety are also more vulnerable to additional problems like depression, drug dependence, suicidal behavior, and educational underachievement. Find out more
TEMPLE GRANDIN IN THE CHICAGO AREA. On Wednesday, September 21, the Glenbard Parent Series will sponsor Temple Grandin in two free presentations, one at 3 p.m. and one at 7 p.m., titled "Different Not Less." Find out more. This series of presentations is for parents, students, and professionals and focuses on issues facing young people. Upcoming 2016 topics include coping strategies to regulate anxiety; motivating teens; breaking free of over-parenting; and developing executive functioning skills. Find out more on Facebook.

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