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In the wake of the the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida yesterday, people are mourning the loss of so many innocent people, and questioning how these killings could have been prevented.   While there is no conclusive evidence that the suspect was bullied, or was himself a bully, a new book is coming out next week...
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  A recent study that has appeared in the journal NeuroImage:Clinical, reports that subjects who had been treated with methylphenidate (Ritalin) before the age of 16, had significantly lower levels of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) as adults, compared with subjects who had started methylphenidate therapy after age 23, and subjects who had never taken...
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Over the next month, 55+ million children and adolescents will be returning to their classrooms in public and private schools around the country. Out of this number, 6.4 million students have been diagnosed as having ADHD and most of them take psychostimulants or other drugs to control their symptoms. And while parents scurry around anxiously...
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The following strategies are described in my new book:  The Myth of the ADHD Child:  101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher/Perigee). Let Your Child Fidget Channel Creative Energies into the Arts Emphasize Diversity, Not Disability Enroll Your Child in a Martial Arts Class Make Time...
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I have a new article on the site MiddleWeb, which focuses on the importance of understanding recent brain research and how it can inform the creation of ”brain friendly” practices for young adolescents.  I was a junior high school teacher, a professor of courses in childhood and adolescent development, and a consultant to middle schools,...
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