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A new study reported in the journal Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, revealed that the youngest children in any given grade are more likely to do poorly on standardized tests, and more likely to be prescribed stimulant medications for ADHD compared to older students at the same grade level.  The...
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I’ve just completed a 13 minute video (available on You Tube) that describes my new book:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life.  In the video I explain the concept “neurodiversity,” describe my idea of ”positive niche construction” (which is essentially, creating a favorable...
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I’ll be doing a Webinar on November 29, 2012 at 4 pm (EST) with edWeb.net., a social network and professional learning community for educators.  The title of the webinar will be “Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Emphasizing Strengths in Students with Special Needs.” Here is some information from edWeb.net on my presentation: “This webinar will introduce...
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A new study reported in The Journal of Pediatrics, reports that exercise may benefit children with ADHD.  In this study, kids with ADHD were matched with a same-age, same-socio-economic status group of “normal” children.  The groups engaged in two experimental conditions:  one day then engaged in 20 minutes of quiet reading, and the next day...
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For almost two decades now, I’ve been criticizing the diagnosis of ADHD and the use of Ritalin and other psychostimulants with children (see, for example, my book The Myth of the ADD Child).  Now, a new report in The New York Times today, says that physicians are starting to prescribe these drugs to poor children...
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