Monday, April 4, 2016

ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, and More

AUTISM. Medical News Today reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently estimate the prevalence of autism in schoolchildren at 1 in 68, unchanged from the previous estimate in 2014. The article also says, "However, it is too soon to know whether ASD prevalence in the United States might be starting to stabilize." Read more. Separately, medical experts in the U.K. say that autism is still not diagnosed early enough, preventing the kind of early interventions that can be effective. Read more.

ADHD is in the news this week.

  • A study indicates that stimulant meds might lead to lower bone density in children being treated for ADHD; find the study write-up
  • Children who are often hospitalized in intensive care units are more likely to have attention deficit disorders later, and new research finds a possible culprit: a high level of plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates circulating in the blood. Find the study results
  • An online column at the site of The Hechinger Report bears the titile "New Therapies for ADHD: Buyer Beware." Find the column

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE has at its website a snapshot of dyslexia legislation in the United States. The snapshot says "Only 12 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s some pending legislation too." Find the snapshot and check your state.

SUMMER COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAM. A website called Struggling Teens notes a summer residential program intended to help twice-exceptional students make the transition to college. Participants live and take classes at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Find out more, or let us know if you're familiar with this program and can recommend it.

TED. A TED Talk recorded in February of this year provides insights into the habits of original thinkers. From the blurb: "Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies 'originals': thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure." Find out more. Separately, TED also has a "playlist" of talks on autism with the tag line "explore the science of autism -- and listen to the stories of the people who live with it." One presenter is Temple Grandin. Find the playlist.

DC AREA RESOURCE. At 11 a.m. on April 16, educational consultant Rich Weinfeld will give a presentation at the Arlington, Virginia, public library titled "Developing 2e and Asperger's Programs in Public Schools." Find more information.


Josh Hall said...

Is there a particular axe you're trying to grind about using medication for ADHD? Because bluntly, it seems like every other week you manage to dig up and post some marginal study with little to no context or review which serves no purpose other than to make a difficult decision for parents even more difficult. It's not helpful for those of us that are 2e and/or have children that are 2e as well. It is actively detrimental and harmful for people seeking legitimate advice and resources on how to best help their children or themselves.

J Mark said...
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J Mark said...

Thanks for your comment. No ax here, just trying to post things that might be useful to the 2e community. Meds for ADHD can be simple and easy for some families, but not for others. And the study that indicated possible bone density loss is a concern... or studies that show sleep difficulties. Medical advice for parents needs to come from pediatricians or psychiatrists, but we also think that parents should be able to ask the right questions.
Please feel free to post concerns or opinions or requests for feedback from our audience.
Best regards...
J Mark Bade