Top 10 tips for helping students with adhd succeed in school

by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. – For teachers, there is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for ADHD at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher. It’s often helpful for parents […]

COMMENTARY

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Special education liaisons toil for the sake of compliance

by Jeffrey M. Hartman –  Employment with the School District of Philadelphia can take dedicated teachers to the brink of resignation. This is true of many large urban school districts. As if teaching in Philadelphia wasn’t difficult enough, the District has crafted a position seemingly purposed to drive out select teachers. This curious position is […]

PARENTING

I’ve learned so much from my daughter with ADHD

by Lisa Aro – Of my six children, Mary, my youngest daughter, has taught me the most. She taught me that dull preschool scissors could indeed cut a perfect square out of metal mini-blinds and fingernail polish remover can get royal blue fabric paint out of cream colored carpet. She taught me that brilliance, creativity, […]

RESEARCH & TECH

No scientific link between autism and vaccines, really

What started the rumors? 1998: Lancet published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield it was a dramatic study that found a connection between autism and vaccines. The Study Had Some Problems: • Not based on statistics • No control group • It relied on people’s memories • Made vague conclusions that weren’t statistically valid No […]

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EDUCATION

State amends law to include support for kids with dyslexia

by Jason Johnston – Missouri amended Bryce’s Law this year to better assist children who have dyslexia. “Bryce’s Law was initially written by State Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, R-St. Louis, in an effort to provide scholarships for families of autistic children that would help offset the financial impact and barrier to services that Missouri families were […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Dyslexia cannot be the cause of job termination

by Mathew B. Tully – Q. If an employee makes mistakes because he has dyslexia, can an employer fire him because of poor performance? A. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and job candidates who have a “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major […]

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PERSONAL STORY

Number of women getting ADHD diagnosis increases

by Shelley Roupas – The number of adult women taking ADHD medicines has spiked 85 percent in the last 5 years, more than in any other age group, according to a surprising study just out. Researchers with the pharmaceutical company, Express Scripts, analyzed its pharmacy claims from 2008-2012. Dr. Amy Stevenson is a doctor at […]