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Children’s fidgeting has always been the bane of classroom teachers and parents alike. It has been regarded as one of the ”warning signs” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as measured by so-called ”objective” rating scales used to diagnosed for ADHD, and is part of the diagnostic criteria in the psychiatrist’s bible The Diagnostic and...
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A new study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry revealed that certain subcortical structures in the brains of individuals diagnosed with ADHD are smaller in volume than typically developing matched controls (the median age of the 1713 participants diagnosed with ADHD was 14).  The specific structures where differences were found included the nucleus accumbens, the...
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I am writing you today with an urgent message.  The United States has not faced a more critical moment in its history since World War II as American citizens are being asked to choose between two candidates in Tuesday’s election.  There are many things that can be said on each side about the two major...
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On October 26, 2013, I gave the closing keynote speech at the 13th Annual International Conference on Early Childhood Education held at the Monterrey Theater in Monterrey, Mexico, sponsored by CENDI (Centros de Desarrollo Infantil del Frente Popular ”Tierra y Libertad”), a coalition of exemplary early childhood education centers in the Monterrey metropolitan area.  This was my...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released a policy statement saying that supervised, unstructured (play oriented) recess in school is a vital part of a child’s development.  As they point out in the abstract to their statement: ”Recess is at the heart of a vigorous debate over the role of schools in promoting the...
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