JOKING ABOUT AUTISM is part of the routine of a young comedian who is auditioning to be on the TV show "America's Got Talent." How young? A freshman in high school. The catch? As a youngster, Leo Lytel, diagnosed with autism, received dozens of hours per week of "rehabilitation" and specialized tutoring. By age 10, says the article in The Washington Post about his nascent comedic career, he was part of a study of kids whose autism condition has disappeared. Read more about his past and his quest.
A CHILD PSYCHIATRIST AND A NEWS ANCHOR walk into an article... Oops, no punchline here -- we're talking about a new piece on mindfulness at the site of the Child Mind Institute that features the experiences of news correspondent Dan Harris and the clinical expertise of psychiatrist Alison Baker. If you're trying to figure out how mindfulness might help your child -- or you -- live better, this article might be of interest.
DRUGLESS SUPORT FOR ADHD. A UK metastudy indicates that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes such as performance in standardized tests for children with ADHD. Techniques such as organizational assistance can help children achieve better attainment levels, reduce hyperactive behavior, and increase attention. Read more.
ANXIETY IN KIDS: YOUR FAULT? A study of primates shows how an over-active brain circuit involving three brain areas can be inherited from generation to generation and set the stage for anxiety and depressive disorders. Brain imaging techniques indicated that the differences in more anxious individuals are in three "survival-related" brain regions. Find out more.
THREE ITEMS ABOUT DEPRESSION, which is often an issue with 2e children.
- Eye pupil response is a possible biomarker for depression risk among children, according to research that studied offspring of moms with major depressive order. Read how.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depression is described in an article at Fosters.com. Find it.
- Early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment are keys to successfully cope with childhood depression, according to an article at US News. Find the article.
SCREEN ADDICTION is the topic of a column at the Well blog in The New York Times, where Jane Brody cites a documentary about teens so hooked they play "for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep, or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake." Got a media problem in your house? Read more.
MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE... Just as with BPA and its supposedly safer replacements, some substitutes for phthalates currently in use are considered dangerous and may have similarly harmful effects. Way to go, chemical industry! Read more if you like to worry about blood pressure and metabolic problems in your kids.