Winter is Here!
This month we took a close look at how children experience ADHD. “Death by a Thousand Cuts” showed how damaging a parent or teacher’s comments can be to a child who struggles to stay on task or pay attention. We were reminded that because a child isn’t doing well or doesn’t seem to be paying attention, it doesn’t mean that the child isn’t trying! It’s important to be cognoscente of what ADHD really is and all the ways it can effect children.
Jessalyn Pedone contributed a great resource for helping children learn to manage their anger. “Monster Mad” incorporates the use of the Monster Stomp board game with discussions to teach children important skills for managing and expressing their anger.
Autistic children are using Shakespeare to sharpen their understanding of language and facial expression. Psychologists at Ohio State University recently studied Kelly Hunter’s method in a 10-week trial involving 14 children, ages 10 to 13, who participated in the program for one hour every school day. They found the “Hunter Heartbeat Method” effectively practices the more challenging social skills for people with autism, such as eye contact, recognizing the emotion behind facial expressions, taking turns speaking, and standing an appropriate distance from another person.
Canadian schools are beginning to educate their students on not only physical health, but mental health as well. CAMH, the Center for Addictions and Mental Health, in Toronto, has counselors and personnel on site everyday for it’s classrooms that teach student’s with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. The students get the education and the support they need.
Your smartphone isn’t just for cat videos and recipe searches anymore! Scientists have developed a new app that can tell is a child is exhibiting early signs of autism by using tracking eye movement. The software detection of the neurodegenerative disorder in children as young as two years old. Autism is generally found in a child’s school years, when they begin to interact with parents and children outside of their own families. Researchers agree that the sooner Autism is detected, the greater the benefits of treatment.