March 6, 2010
In an effort to find out how teachers are able to cope with ADHD students, a survey was created with SurveyMonkey to help gather information from both parents and teachers. If you are either a parent of an ADHD child, or a the student or a teacher of ADHD children, please take the time (aprox. 2 minutes) to fill out this form. Results will be used in an upcoming article addressing problems faced by students – and teachers- in the classrooms.
The main thrust of this poll is to find out if teachers feel prepared when they graduate from teacher prep courses to handle the demands placed upon them especially in relation to ADHD students. Please feel free to leave any comments either here or on the poll itself in the blocks provided.
The poll can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3XKRHLJ
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April 13, 2009
by — Rick Ansorge
Updated: May 26th 2008
MONDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) — Because food colorings and preservatives can increase hyperactive behavior in children with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, pediatricians should consider recommending the elimination of these substances from the diets of some children, according to an editorial published in the May 24 issue ofBMJ.
Andrew Kemp, M.D., of Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, Australia, cited a recent randomized placebo-controlled trial in 297 children aged 3 to 9 without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which showed that consumption of food colorings and the preservative sodium benzoate was associated with increased hyperactive behavior.
Kemp also cited a recent report from a European Food Safety Authority panel that reviewed 22 studies from 1975 to 1994 and two meta-analyses. Of the 22 studies, 16 showed positive evidence linking preservatives and colorings with hyperactive behaviors The most recent meta-analysis found that artificial food colors had a significant effect on hyperactivity scores.
“In view of the relatively harmless intervention of eliminating colorings and preservatives, and the large numbers of children taking drugs for hyperactivity (2.4 percent of children in the state of Western Australia receive stimulant drugs for attention-deficit disorder), it might be proposed that an appropriately supervised and evaluated trial of eliminating colorings and preservatives should be part of standard treatment for individual children,” the author concludes.
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February 13, 2009
For the third time today, Sami shouted answers out of turn, insisted on standing at his desk on one leg with the other leg hooked through his chair, and frequently scribbled on his neighbors books or papers. During math class, the teacher had to call Sami’s attention back to the task at hand several times in a row, but consistently found him looking out of the window; his mind in another dimension. Suddenly, Sami blurted out, “Wow! Check out that red bird! I think its a cardinal?” With his outburst, the other students lost concentration on the teacher and rushed to see the cardinal. Frustrated, the teacher put Sami in time out and tried to regain focus from the other students.
Sami’s behavior is typical for children diagnosed with ADHD. Three to five percent of children present this type of behavior both at school and at home. For a true diagnosis, the child usually shows several symptoms before the age of 7. These symptoms include :
. Either A or B: (1)
Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
Often has trouble organizing activities. Read the rest of this entry »
October 9, 2008
Here is an interesting and educational video about mind mapping which is being utilized not only in personal arenas of life but also businesses and schools have started to apply this to increase productivity and educational achievements.