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Monday, February 19, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘AD/HD’

The role of developmental assessment in recognizing diverse learners

Six child development experts had been watching the 2-year-old boy for an hour and a half. Sitting in a darkened room behind a two-way mirror, they scribbled notes on clipboards as they watched the child interact with his mother in a spacious playroom filled with primary colors, age-appropriate toys and toddler-sized furniture. Periodically, the experts […]

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Parents as partners: a collaborative approach to ADHD

ADHD treatment, ADHD diagnosis, ADHD collaborative care

What’s the best way to help a child cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? New study findings confirm that kids do better with a collaborative approach to ADHD that includes parents throughout diagnosis and treatment. The study, which will be published in the April 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), […]

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PEN Phoenix supports families facing learning and attention differences

As a preschooler, Colin Erfle struggled to learn the names of colors. He couldn’t memorize the ABCs. Rhyming was tough. “He couldn’t memorize our phone number,” recalls his mother, Julie Erfle, of Phoenix. “I couldn’t teach him the names of the letters. He would spell his name ‘C, circle, straight line, dotted line, hump.’” Colin […]

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For Arizona kids with learning differences, what’s after high school?

Simon Crawford, NorthBridge College Success Program, ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, Scottsdale

The idea of college and postsecondary education can be very intimidating to families with children who have attention and learning differences. Parents will learn strategies for success at a Thursday, Feb. 26 parent education event sponsored by Parents Education Network (PEN) Phoenix. “College is absolutely accessible,” says Simon Crawford, director of academic services at NorthBridge […]

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Artplay helps children through expressive therapy

When Phoenix resident Liz Tomko founded Artplay in 2010, she traveled among pediatric offices to provide expressive arts therapy for young patients facing mostly physical ailments. But Tomko also wanted to focus on children’s emotional needs. She opened her own location three years ago, then moved to a new space in Central Phoenix last November. […]

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ROBIN BLITZ on raising kids with ADHD – “It takes a lot of energy”

As a developmental pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Robin Blitz, MD, takes care of young patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disorders. At home, while raising two boys of her own, she’s learned firsthand how to navigate the rough waters of an ADHD diagnosis. Blitz talks about coping skills, management plans and keeping […]

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Late start with ADHD meds linked to lower math scores

Stimulant medications are widely used to improve the core symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But there is less evidence that the medications improve academic performance over the long term. Researchers studied the prescription drug use and performance on standardized tests of a group of children born over a […]

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Family hopes film raises awareness

Too many parents whose children struggle with reading don’t even know that something called dyslexia exists, reflects Phoenix father Kerry Wangberg. Wangberg and his wife Elaine Cardwell are the proud parents of 17-year-old Rebecca, who’s been thriving since they discovered New Way Learning Academy in Scottsdale. The K-12 private school specializes in helping students with […]

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Illustrated view of education reform

education reform RSA Ken Robnson

Here’s an interesting illustrated video of Sir Ken Robinson’s 2010 “Changing Paradigms” speech about education reform from RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). They describe themselves as “an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.” The above video is an excerpt from the entire “Changing […]

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Transitioning learning-disabled students to college

Learning disabilities don’t magically disappear with a high school diploma, but an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) does. For learning disabled (LD) students, moving on to college or postsecondary school can post new obstacles. The IEP that protects students with disabilities throughout their school years is no longer valid once they reach post-secondary education. And when […]

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