A group of international doctors has uncovered the genes that contribute to the development of ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia. This knowledge may lead to the development of more effective treatments for all 5 conditions.
Last week the Seattle Times ran a front-page story on Vincenzo Di Salvo, a Tacoma School District student who received Edge coaching in middle school and triumphantly graduated high school. Next fall he will become the first in his family to attend college. Vincenzo credits Pam Frazier, his Edge coach, as the single biggest reason he was able to turn his life around and graduate. His is an inspiring story of the power of resilience, coaching and caring to overcome even the most difficult challenges.
While raising a son who has ADHD, Cynthia Flash often told people “He comes with an instruction manual. Unfortunately, it’s written in Chinese and I don’t speak Chinese.” So, when she read Penny Williams’ new book about parenting an ADHD son titled, “A Boy Without Instructions,” she naturally felt a strong resonance. In this review, she discusses Williams’ approach to parenting children with ADHD based on collaboration and empathy.
A new study shows that too many students with ADHD are not receiving the school services they need to be successful with their academic studies. The executive functioning demands only become greater as they progress through middle school, high school and on to college and these services can make a tremendous differences in how these student fare.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Good SEL skills increase a student’s chances of success in school and in life. The most recent study of Edge coaching’s effectiveness demonstrates its power to foster social and emotional learning, and help students build resilience and confidence.
ADHD is most often talked about in the context of problems it can cause – related to distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. But new research is showing that the ADHD brain can be particularly effective at three types of cognition that form the basis of creative thinking: divergent thinking, conceptual expansion and overcoming knowledge constraints. In a world where innovation and creativity are more highly prized, the ADHD mind can be a valuable asset.
Dyscalculia is a learning disorder you’ve probably never of before. It is defined as a condition that involves long-term, severe difficulties with mathematics – which cause significant problems with academic or occupational performance, or with daily activities. Dyscalculia is often co-occurring with other conditions such as dyslexia and ADHD. The most important thing to do if you observe your child struggling with simple number sense is to learn more about the condition and seek help.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward parents and other authority figures by a child or teen. Parents should be aware that there are a number of persistent myths about ODD that can cause children with the condition to become stigmatized and make treatment more difficult.
For many years, ADHD was believed to be a childhood issue that mostly affected boys. But as our knowledge of ADHD has grown, we now know that girls are just as likely to have it as boys. The fact that boys are more frequently diagnosed may be due to the differences between how girls and boys experience ADHD. Here are some tips for recognizing ADHD in girls.