February has come and gone! Here are some highlights…
Brian Cross discusses the lack of funding and support for autistic children. We Need to do Better for Autistic Children shows the amazing benefits of autistic programs, but also how expensive they can be. By raising awareness, hopefully we can see change so that more autistic children can get the special attention they need to thrive.
Early Behavioral Therapy Benefits ADHD Kids. Benedict Carey shows how “children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment they receive is behavioral — such as instruction in basic social skills — than when they start immediately on medication, a new study has found. Beginning with behavioral therapy is also cheaper over time, according to a related analysis.”
Warning that Critical Parents are to Blame for Children with ADHD – says new study (Western Daily Press)
Amy Bently explored how Your Child’s Perfectionism Could be Holding Them Back. For some getting the job done is enough. For others, getting it done right. But for perfectionists, getting it “done right” takes on a whole new meaning. could it be keeping your child from succeeding?
We all need good, productive sleep. Kids especially need it physical and mental develpment. Heidi Tattrie Rushton gives great insight on some Steps to better sleep in her article.
A Purdue research assistant completed a study that found a way to use iPads outside of Netflix binges. How iPads Improve Communication Skills in Autistic Children by Ashwin Sunderraj, tells how Ariana Azzato has used iPads as a cheaper alternative to the conventional specialized communication devices that have been previously used to “(evaluate) a treatment package that combines an instructional framework with an iPad application.”
Gail Rosenblum dropped a surprising bomb on us regarding toddlers and mental health medication. According to Are Drugs Really the Remedy for Toddlers? almost 20,000 prescriptions for antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children ages 2 and younger. If you aren’t shocked, you should be! Rosenblum discusses safer alternatives and reasons why doctors might consider prescribing these types of medications as a last resort.
A study from Canada explores how Bilingual Children are Better at Problem Solving . While monolingual children and bilingual children shows no difference in cognitive flexibility and memory skills, bilingual children showed a great advantage in Conflict Inhibition. “Conflict inhibition is the mental process used by the brain to override a well-learned rule that you would normally pay attention to.”