Dyslexia fonts lack studies to support their effectiveness

by Deborah Kots – For the 5 to 10 percent of Americans who have dyslexia, reading can be a maddening experience of flipped, reversed, or unrecognizable letters. “It’s total frustration. You read a word and one letter is turned around so the whole thing doesn’t make sense,” said Christian Boer, who has dyslexia. “Your eyes […]

We should not accept autism insults

by Gretnablue – I was diagnosed as Autistic when I was 2 and re-diagnosed when I was 10. I was screwed over by the vaccination scare (I only got my MMR jab once I came of age that I could make an appointment myself and had to do it behind my parents back). This one […]

The creativity of students with ADHD is being wasted

Research now shows what many people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder — or those who parent someone who does — have long since believed there is a huge link between ADHD and creativity, often referred to as the “upside of ADHD.” And according to an extensive report by Salon, in focusing solely on the […]

Early dyslexia detection can save children’s self esteem

by Drs. Joseph Morelli and Barbara Wirostko Morelli – Recently, The Park Record ran an Op-Ed piece on dyslexia written by Park City resident Elissa Aten. In hopes of spreading awareness about dyslexia and the struggles faced without early detection, I would like to share the story of our son, Joseph James Morelli, who died […]

Distinguishing ADHD from major depression symptoms

by William Dodson, M.D. – To most people, depression means feeling blue or down in the dumps. This is an almost universal experience for people with ADHD. At some point in their lives, they feel down due to the frustration and demoralization of trying to fit into a neurotypical world that makes little effort to […]

People with autism need more than genetics research

by Dr Beverley Jacobson  – I was delighted to read Sarah Knapton’s excellent report about autism screening. As chief executive of a charity that supports hundreds of children and adults with a range of learning difficulties and complex needs, I feel there is much more to be said on this issue. This study verifies the long-assumed […]

We know what optimal ADHD treatment is but it’s not happening

by Dennis Thompson – Many pediatricians provide inadequate care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), relying too heavily on drugs and failing to thoroughly assess kids’ symptoms, a new study reports. Nearly one-third of pediatricians who diagnose children with ADHD do not consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a necessary step in […]

Autism should not be used as an excuse for behavior

by Lauren Swick Jordan – When TJ was in fourth grade, he was in a school performance of Peter Pan. TJ and three other boys were the tail of the crocodile, each standing thisclose to the boy in front of him. And TJ licked K’s head. While under the tail of the crocodile. Another friend, […]

ADHD behaviors could be seen as valuable traits

by Richard A. Friedman – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is now the most prevalent psychiatric illness of young people in America, affecting 11 percent of them at some point between the ages of 4 and 17. The rates of both diagnosis and treatment have increased so much in the past decade that you may wonder […]

Over half of juvenile prison inmates have a learning or emotional disability

by Roger Riddell – Dive Brief: • As many districts nationwide work to address the school-to-prison pipeline, research is being highlighted showing the disproportionate number of special education students with behavioral or emotional disabilities affected. • Particularly, those students in low-performing schools without mental health care and highly qualified teachers and staff are especially impacted […]