Researchers use brain imaging to develop instructional strategies for kids with learning disorders

by John Higgins – On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain. Lying flat on her back inside a machine that looks like a big doughnut, Shelter Gimbel-Sherr read individual letters presented on a video screen and then wrote the one […]

Kids with ADHD benefit from psychotherapy but they are not getting it

by Anthony Rivas – Kids who are taught about emotional intelligence learn how to recognize their emotions when they appear, and how to regulate them in a responsible, psychologically safe way. All kids should learn about it, but perhaps more in need of learning it are kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although it’s […]

Early childhood language delay marks brain in autism

A common characteristic of autism – language delay in early childhood – leaves a definite ‘signature’ in the brain, says new research. Delayed language onset – defined as when a child’s first meaningful words occur after 24 months of age or their first phrase occurs after 33 months of age – is seen in a […]

Study associates iron intake with autism risk

by Kathryn Doyle – Iron intake during pregnancy might be associated with autism risk in the infant, a new study suggests. Researchers found that moms of kids with autism were less likely to remember taking iron supplements before and during pregnancy than other moms. That alone is not enough to prove a link, however. “Even […]

Sight and sounds out of sync in autism, study finds

The numbers are shocking! One in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism.  These kids struggle with making friends, social interaction and communication. We don’t know what causes one child to have autism and the other not to but now researchers may have unlocked one key on what causes these kids to have these social […]

No scientific link between autism and vaccines, really

What started the rumors? 1998: Lancet published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield it was a dramatic study that found a connection between autism and vaccines. The Study Had Some Problems: • Not based on statistics • No control group • It relied on people’s memories • Made vague conclusions that weren’t statistically valid No […]

White matter scans could help in diagnosing dyslexia

A study published online in the journal Psychological Science revealed that white matter in the brain is crucial for development of reading skills in early childhood stage, suggesting the possibility of using it as a tool to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia. For the study, researchers involved 38 kindergarteners and examined their brain with the […]

Medications alone is not a successful ADHD treatment

by Maureen Salamon – Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study suggests. “Augmented” therapy that consists of stimulant and antipsychotic drugs, along with parent training in behavioral management techniques, was rated more effective by […]

Over half of kids with dyscalculia present with reading deficits too

Between three and six per cent of schoolchildren suffer from an arithmetic-related learning disability. Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich now show that these children are also more likely to exhibit deficits in reading and spelling than had been previously suspected. Addition and subtraction, multiplication and division are the four basic operations in arithmetic. But […]

Moderate benefit from medication for ADHD aggressive behavior, study finds

by Megan Brooks – Children with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and severe aggression may benefit from having an antipsychotic added to a psychostimulant medication as well as behavioral parent training, new research suggests. New data from the Treatment of Severe Childhood Aggression (TOSCA) study confirms that such combination therapy is efficacious. “A large percentage of children […]