Animal therapy is a good supplement to autism treatment

by Lane Therrell – Children with autism may benefit from spending time with animals, whether the animals are part of a formalized animal therapy program, farm animals or family pets. The presence of an animal can help a child to focus, and provides an opportunity for interaction that is soothing to the perpetually over-stimulated synapses […]

Individuals with Down syndrome are key contributors to Alzheimer’s research

by Jon Hamilton – When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer’s drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome. “I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It’s called an MRI,” says Justin McCowan, […]

Study shows brain process impairs decision making in kids with ADHD

Which shirt do we put on in the morning? Do we drive to work or take the train? From which takeaway joint do we want to buy lunch? We make hundreds of different decisions every day. Even if these often only have a minimal impact, it is extremely important for our long-term personal development to […]

Assistive technology is not a crutch for special needs students

by Rebecca Ungarino – New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader and Notability have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle, said Karen Janowski, an assistive technology consultant […]

Study finds kids with dyslexia more likely to have suffered childhood physical abuse

by Julien Balbontin – Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill conducted a large population-based study, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, to determine the relationship between dyslexia and childhood physical abuse. Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at U […]

ADHD and sleep apnea present with similar symptoms

by Dr. Robert Rosenberg – Dear Dr. Rosenberg: My 9-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin. He snores and is a restless sleeper. Friends are telling me that I should get his snoring checked out. They say they have heard sleep apnea in children can be misdiagnosed as ADHD. Is this true? […]

Diet tips for athletes with ADHD

by Nancy Clark – Many teens and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are good soccer players. In elementary school, they may not have been good at sitting quietly, but they certainly could excel at sports. Many found exercise had a calming, centering effect. With maturation, exercise still helps them get through their school/workday. […]

No math skills deficit for babies born prematurely, study finds

Premature babies show no specific deficit of arithmetical skills, research from the Ruhr-University Bochum showed on Friday. In contrast to previous scientific studies, analysis of the Bochum developmental psychologists showed that prematurely born children are not worse at mathematics than children from a regular pregnancy. For the study, all children completed at different times a […]

ADHD meds improve parenting skills for adults with the disorder

by Benita Matilda – Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder – is not just a childhood problem. This mental health condition affects 1 in every 20 adults, mainly men. Although this condition starts early in childhood, in some cases its symptoms persist in adulthood as well. The condition is exhibited by difficulty in maintaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive […]