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More sleep may help teens with ADHD focus and organize

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from more sleep to help them focus, plan and control their emotions. The findings—the first of their kind in young people with ADHD—will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Fla. ” (more)

1 in 3 students with ADHD receive no school interventions

Science Daily – Staff Writer

” One in three students with ADHD received no school-based interventions and two of three received no classroom management, researchers found in the largest study of children and teens with ADHD ever conducted. At least one in five students with ADHD who experience significant academic and social impairment – those most in need of services – received no school intervention. The gap was particularly evident for adolescents and youth from non-English-speaking and/or lower income families. ” (more)

Five Ways to Help Children with ADHD Develop Their Strengths

KQED News Mind/Shift – Deborah Farmer Kris

“What is it like to be a kid with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Children with ADHD often struggle academically, socially and emotionally. They may be disorganized, forgetful, easily distracted and impulsive. And like all kids, they want to feel normal, says Dr. Sharon Saline, author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew. Saline, a psychotherapist who works with ADHD children and their families, argues that an informed empathy for ADHD children — for what they experience on a daily basis — can inspire parents and teachers to work with these children in ways that will help them grow into responsible and happy adults.” (more)

How schools can optimise support for children with ADHD

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximise their academic outcomes. The study, led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), undertook a systematic review which analysed all available research into non-medication measures to support children with ADHD in schools. Published in Review of Education, the paper found that interventions which include one-to-one support and a focus on self-regulation improved academic outcomes.” (more)

Can Digital Media Usage Lead to ADHD?

The U.S. News and World Report – Neha Vyas, M.D.,

“In July, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a noteworthy study linking digital media usage with the development of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. It showed that teens who interacted with more than 14 different media sites per week began to develop symptoms of ADHD. Just a few short months before that study was published, findings in the Journal of Developmental Psychology noted that teenagers nowadays are in fact more self-controlled and able to delay gratification compared to kids 50 years ago. The article postulated that increases in abstract thought associated with digital technology were contributing to this improvement in concentration.” (more)

ADHD rates rising sharply in US kids

Medical X-Press – Dennis Thompson

“The number of ADHD diagnoses among children has risen dramatically in the past two decades, going from 6 percent to 10 percent, a new report shows. However, it’s still an open question whether all of these diagnoses represent a true increase in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among kids, said senior researcher Dr. Wei Bao. He’s an assistant professor of epidemiology with the University of Iowa College of Public Health.” (more)