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Why is ADHD more common in boys than girls?

Medical X-Press – Joanna Martin

“About one in 20 children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point during their school life. Interestingly, for every girl diagnosed, there are between three and seven boys who receive an ADHD diagnosis. Children and adolescents who are affected by ADHD have difficulty with things like sitting still, organisation and concentrating on work. These and other symptoms often make the school environment hard to cope with, and have a negative impact on academic achievement, relationships, and future employment opportunities. Some children do grow out of their ADHD symptoms, but many continue to experience problems as adults.” (more)

Is ADHD a sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it

The Star – Ariana Eunjung Cha

“Over the past two decades, U.S. parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behaviour and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policy-makers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause.”(more)

Strategies and Resources for Supporting Students with ADHD

Education World – Jim Paterson

In two important ways teachers are on the front line in the battle to help the soaring number of students who have challenging and frustrating attention issues. On one hand, they face it each day. They motivate students with ADHD to complete work, stay focused, and sort through their overflowing backpacks and binders, all in an atmosphere where the disability is most evident―a classroom filled with distractions yet requiring structure. They are charged with empathetically and patiently training them to improve executive function habits and other key learning skills, when often just getting them to grasp instructions and not disrupt others is a challenge.”(more)

Back to school, back to planning for kids with autism, ADHD

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The start of a new school year isn’t always easy, especially for kids with developmental and behavioral issues, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Parents of these children may also have concerns about what lies ahead for their youngsters. But keeping a positive outlook is important for a smooth transition, according to Dr. Anson Koshy.”(more)

Strategies and Resources for Supporting Students with ADHD

Education World – Jim Paterson

“In two important ways teachers are on the front line in the battle to help the soaring number of students who have challenging and frustrating attention issues. On one hand, they face it each day. They motivate students with ADHD to complete work, stay focused, and sort through their overflowing backpacks and binders, all in an atmosphere where the disability is most evident―a classroom filled with distractions yet requiring structure. They are charged with empathetically and patiently training them to improve executive function habits and other key learning skills, when often just getting them to grasp instructions and not disrupt others is a challenge.”(more)

Fidget toys polarize schools

The Star – Erin Silver

“Melissa Ferry is a big believer in the benefits of allowing students to use fidget toys in the classroom. She points to research indicating that playing with fidget toys — little gadgets, cubes, putties and spinners — is effective in improving concentration and focus in students with ADHD. She also has seven years’ worth of anecdotal evidence that shows how beneficial they can be for some children.”(more)