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Kids with ADHD and anxiety disorders have a lower quality of life

Nearly half of all children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also have an anxiety disorder. It’s important to understand how these disorders together affect children. A recent study investigated how children functioned and how their quality of life was affected if they had both ADHD and anxiety. “Although anxiety is common in children with ADHD, the influence of anxiety […]

COMMENTARY

Is SCT the new ADHD?

by Carly Helfand – There could be a new attention disorder on the block in the future–one that could open up a new patient pool for ADHD drugmakers Eli Lilly ($LLY), Shire ($SHPG) and others. But with pharma critics adept at pointing fingers at companies for “disease-mongering,” it’s one that could open up a new […]

PARENTING

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The challenge and wonder of raising our son with autism

by Heather Meade – Lora Long, mom of three, noticed her son’s “quirks” at about 18 months, she said, but it took until after his third birthday to have Reed, now 4, tested and diagnosed as being ‘mildly autistic’ with a receptive language delay. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one in 68 children according to […]

RESEARCH & TECH

ADHD medication abuse by students continues to rise

Around this time of year, you’re more likely to find college students in the library cramming for final exams than out partying. In an environment where the workload is endless and there’s always more to be done, a quick fix to help buckle down and power through becomes very tempting. Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, […]

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EDUCATION

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Inclusion model helps students with disabilities perform better academically

by Keith Momberg – Pam Hickox no longer worries about whether her son is included at school. Her third-grader, born with Down syndrome, is placed in classes with students who don’t have disabilities. Normally, students with disabilities are pulled out. Newberry Elementary School has been trying new technology to ease interaction between special education students […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Suspension rate for special ed students higher than average, study finds

by Linda Shaw – Last year, Washington Appleseed, a nonprofit social-justice group, failed in a quest to tally up even the total number of students suspended and expelled from Washington schools each year. But with better data from the state this year, the group last week published a much fuller picture, showing the depth of […]

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PERSONAL STORY

Student with Down Syndrome celebrates getting college acceptance letter

by Nina Golgowski – When Noah Van Vooren was born with Down Syndrome, doctors told his parents “he’d never walk, talk or do anything,” said his father. Eighteen years later, Noah opened his college acceptance letter as his proud parents watched him read out loud the gratifying, in-your-face news. “It says Dear Noah, yes, you […]

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