Tuesday, September 6, 2016

ADHD, Back to School or College, SENG Webinar, and More

BRAIN, BODY. Recent research indicates that the genes involved in conditions such as ASD, ADHD, major depression, and other neurodevelopmental disorders are also associated with physical disorders. From the study write-up: "Of the 208 individual [neurodevelopmental disorder] risk genes on the high confidence list, approximately half were associated with non-brain-based disturbances. The largest of these categories included craniofacial, musculoskeletal, cardiac, genitourinary and endocrine disturbances." Read more.

HEREDITY AND ADHD. Another study links the hereditary factors that cause ADHD to alcohol dependence and binge eating. According to the study write-up, "Since heredity plays such a large role, it is important that ADHD is treated at an early stage, and that measures are taken to prevent individuals developing these disorders later in life." Find the write-up.

MANGANESE AND ADHD. Too much manganese early in development causes lasting attention deficits and other impairments in rats. Studies of children and adolescents have associated excess manganese in the diet with attention deficits, but confounding factors in those studies have made it impossible to show a cause and effect relationship. A new study is the first to establish a causal link between exposure to elevated manganese in the diet and attentional dysfunction in an animal model. Read more.

UNDERSTOOD offers a back-to-school guide for kids with learning and attention issues; find it.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers an action plan 
to  help young people with learning disabilities manage college stress. The plan consists of a template that is hopefully usable by the student to come up with actions that will help manage stress. Template categories consist of topics such as the environment, sleep, food, exercise, and time management. Find the action plan.

SENG WEBINAR. On September 8, Dr. Michael Postma will present "The Search for Shangri-La: Finding the Appropriate Educational Environment for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Children," a 90-minute webinar. Here's the starting point for the event: "Regrettably, even with the best of intentions, most schools cannot properly accommodate the educational needs of the gifted or 2e child, much less provide for them an avenue to build the solid emotional foundation needed for meaningful growth. So, what is a family to do?" A registration fee applies. Find out more


TiLT PARENTING. On this site for the parents of "differently-wired kids" is a new podcast. In it, the site's creator and her 12yo son discuss developing a growth mindset. Find the podcast.

DEPRESSION CONUNDRUM. From an interview on the topic of depression at the site of the Dana Foundation: "To this day we don’t really know how antidepressants work. We know a lot of things change in the brain when you take an antidepressant, but we don’t really know what is causing those changes because we don’t really know what’s wrong in the first place." The interviewee goes on to describe his investigation of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation along with EEG and fMRI to treat depression and understand the "circuitry" of it in the brain. Find the interview.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Do you have a child (or spouse) fascinated by heavy construction equipment? According to Costco Connection magazine, a place called Dig This Las Vegas offers the opportunity to operate such equipment to individuals who are at least 14 years old for the really big stuff or 8 for machines like mini-excavators. We can think of lots of former kids we know who would consider such a playground to be heaven. Find out more.

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