Parent worries her son might have ADHD

He's only calm for screen-time.

by Zerba Pastor – DEAR ZERBA: My wife and I home-school our son because when we first enrolled him in school, the teachers said he had ADHD. We wondered if they were right. He moves around all the time except when he’s on his Kindle or iPad, but one-on-one he can concentrate. I work with […]

Denying ADHD damages people with the disorder

by Gina Pera – When a headline features the word “drugging,” the report about ADHD that follows will not be well-balanced. Such was the case with Esquire’s recent salvo into the topic, “The Drugging of the American Boy.” Esquire joins The New York Times in treating one of the most well-researched and documented conditions in […]

Is SCT the new ADHD?

by Carly Helfand – There could be a new attention disorder on the block in the future–one that could open up a new patient pool for ADHD drugmakers Eli Lilly ($LLY), Shire ($SHPG) and others. But with pharma critics adept at pointing fingers at companies for “disease-mongering,” it’s one that could open up a new […]

Parents have the right to disagree with an IEP

by Michelle Misiaszek – What happens when the school makes a recommendation that the parent disagrees with? Parents are entitled to full participation in their child’s educational plan. That means they have a say in determining what, if any, accommodations or specialized services their student receives. When a plan is developed, the parent has the […]

Overmedicating in the foster care system

by Claudia Gold – A recent study, one that received relatively scant media attention (compared with a concurrent New York Times piece about a new psychiatric diagnosis termed “sluggish cognitive tempo” that may be the “new ADHD”) showed that antipsychotics are being prescribed to nearly one third of kids (age 2-17) in foster care who […]

I Have An ADHD Question

by Kelly Babcock – There are hundreds of questions about ADHD that one might ask. Is it contagious? Is it spontaneous? Is it hereditary? Is it something that can start later in life? Is it trauma induced? No! No. Yes. We don’t think so. Possibly. Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Good question. The reality […]

Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate

by Heidi Lack – AS A psychologist who treats women with ADHD, I would offer a different headline for Dr. Claudia M. Gold’s March 31 health piece, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes concern,” and would instead title it, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate.” I view the jump in numbers of diagnosed cases […]

Does memory training help kids with ADHD?

by Veronica Davis – Children diagnosed with ADHD are seen to have many challenges and difficulties trying to accomplish tasks such as learning and performing well at school. Therefore it’s necessary for parents and guardians to pay special attention to help them progress in academics. If your little one is diagnosed with ADHD or showing […]

State assessments should not go against student IEPs

by Jeffrey S. Solochek – Orlando mom Andrea Rediske continues her fight to end Florida’s testing requirements for its most profoundly disabled students, even after her son Ethan has passed away. Having heard concerns that waiving the tests could violate federal law, Rediske turned her attention to the U.S. Department of Education. She penned a […]

Dyslexia, explained by a reading specialist

by David Des Roches – Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered recently to parents and educators in neighboring Darien. Ms. Gillis’s visit was sponsored by the Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a […]

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