Friday, February 26, 2016

Processing Speed, ADHD, Introversion, and "Average"

PROCESSING SPEED is of concern to many who raise and teach 2e kiddos. We know this coz there's an article on our site that gets LOTS of hits. Understood this week features three articles on the topic in its email newsletter:
  • Four ways Brain Structure and Chemistry Can Affect Processing Speed -- read it
  • Information Processing Issues: What You Need to Know -- read it
  • Classroom Accommodations for Slow Processing Speed -- read it
ADHD; OUR FAULT? Do unrealistic adult expectations of young children contribute to the increase in ADHD diagnosis? That's the suggestion from research published in Pediatrics this week. The lead research is quoted, "You may have a young child who has difficulty paying attention to boring things. That's only a problem if you're trying to force that child to pay attention to boring things." Find out more. Separately, another new study links noncorrectable vision problems and ADHD in children. The finding suggests that children with vision impairment should be monitored for signs and symptoms of ADHD so that the dual impairment of vision and attention can be addressed. Read more.

THE AUTHOR OF QUIET (full title, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking is interviewed by NPR on the topic of supporting introverts. If you raise or teach a quiet 2e kiddo, this might be of interest. Find it.

FOLLOW-UP. NPR also interviewed the author of The End of Average, which we mentioned in our previous blog posting. In it, author and educator Todd Rose addresses topics such as individual differences, how we can "generalize across time, but not across people," standardized tests ("a sense of false precision"), and treating students as individuals. Find the interview.

ADHD, LYING. A columnist at The Washington Post takes on a questions from a reader about a 6yo with ADHD who is also "pretty intense." The columnist writes, among other things, "By virtue of her brain feeling more (the intensity) and her impulse issues (ADHD), your daughter is going to walk into trouble over and over. Her prefrontal cortex (pretty immature in even the average 6-year-old) is overloaded with sensory information. Before her brain can even sort through consequences, empathy and compassion, her body has acted." Find the column.

1 comment:

Kelly Miller said...

It's a good post Mark. I would say "YES", unrealistic adult expectations of young children contribute to the increase in ADHD diagnosis. As a special needs teacher, I have observed that parents now expect children to spend more time on homework and reading – and less time on playing – than ever before.

Kelly Miller
Retired Special Needs Teacher
Winston Preparatory School