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Weekly Roundup: News and Resources on ADHD 4/16-4/30/2011

Posted Apr 30 2011 10:10pm

IN THE NEWS Ruth Hughes Named CHADD Chief Executive Officer PR Newswire (press release)
Hughes is a clinical psychologist and the mother of an adult son who has ADHD. She previously served as CHADD's Deputy CEO and Chief Program Officer. Her responsibilities have included public policy, chapter services, membership, and CHADD's Parent to ...
ADHD: Genetic Mutation May Be Key WebMD
By Daniel J. DeNoon April 18, 2011 – A single-letter change in the DNA code may spell ADHD, Korean researchers report. ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- makes it very hard for about 5% of school-aged children to learn. ...
Preterm Birth May Boost ADHD Risk by Up to 60% Medscape
April 18, 2011 — Preterm and early birth are associated with a significant risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by school age, according to a national cohort study of more than 1 million children from Sweden. ...
ADHD Nation: Treatment And Prevention Through Music Seattle Post Intelligencer
ORG I will be discussing the facts, statistics, and misunderstandings regarding ADHD in the US, and how music can play a role in lowering the number of diagnoses. You've heard about it in the news. You've read about it in the newspapers and it can be ...
Kids with ADHD more likely to use drugs, analysis finds USA Today
By Matt York, AP Adolescents with ADHD are 1.5 times more likely to try marijuana than those without ADHD, new research shows. By Matt York, AP Adolescents with ADHD are 1.5 times more likely to try marijuana than those without ADHD, new research shows ...
Shire reports ADHD drug study positive results Pharmaceutical Business Review
Vyvanse, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is administered orally as adjunctive therapy. Vyvanse was administered to 92 clinically stable patients with predominant negative symptom ...

RESOURCES
Before I Earned the Rhodes Scholarship, My Teachers Thought I Was Slo wADDitudeMag.com
"In grade school, I simply tried to be the class clown as a way to 'shine' since I could not do it via academics," says Heather Long, who has dyslexia and ADHD. "Humor was a way to cope or a defense mechanism." The story behind her academic turnaround.>> Follow ADDitude on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
Study on the Experience of Mothers of Children with ADHD Erica Merson, doctoral student, University of Maryland, College Park I am conducting a research study to learn more about the experiences of mothers of children with ADHD to eventually use this knowledge to improve the understanding and treatment of families of children with ADHD. I am looking to recruit mothers of 5-13 year-old children who have received a diagnosis of ADHD. Participants would complete an online, confidential questionnaire that asks questions about psychological health, relationships, employment characteristics, and parenting behaviors. As compensation, participants will be offered the chance to enter into a lottery to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards. 

BLOGS The Economic Disparity of Children's Mental Health Care
Huffington Post (blog) But now the parents of other children were starting to complain about Jarrod's bullying, and his teacher thought he should be evaluated for ADHD or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). A friend suggested to Jarrod's mother that she try family therapy ...
The Art of ADHD and Engagement: Learning to Use Your Senses PsychCentral.com (blog)
My ADHD seems to have a mind of its own so I find it helps to create some tools that keep me present. When I find I am getting more and more distracted with my ADHD, I practice the art of engagement by engaging my senses. The five senses that I was ...
ADHD: Tracking a child's behavior at home and in school with web ... By MassDevice staff
Doctors are shadowing their patients' attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms with a web-based disease monitoring and management system called eDMC ( the electronic Developmental Medicine Center)...
Throw Me a Lifeline: Structure Versus Routine PsychCentral.com (blog)
It's well-recognized that one of the main things that people with ADHD are lacking in their lives is structure. I've always looked at this lack of structure in my life as “freedom.” After my ADHD diagnosis, I began to realize that, paradoxically, ...
Yoga and Meditation: The Benefits | ADHD in Focus By Kathryn Goetzke
I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred ( www.ifred.org ), we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts. ...
Thinking Outside the Box
ADHD and School Success blog
Debriefing in the large is the process of stepping back as a teacher, instructor, or facilitator and reflecting on what has happened. Going to other professionals and brainstorming what you learned from your results. I found that I wanted to call Gert and reflect on the honesty of the results that developed during our debriefing session, agreeing with him wholeheartedly that the debrief can essentially be more important than the game itself.
From our collaborators... Does Your ADHD Child Loose Everything? Kay Marner, My Picture-Perfect FamilyMy husband, Don, often e-mails funny stories about our daughter, Natalie, to his parents and siblings, and the humor often derives from Nat’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I thought I’d let you hear from Don for a change. Here’s his latest story
Nat has recently been hitting us up for a cell phone. This has been an on-again, off-again discussion for some time because, as Nat says, everyone has one (and to be fair, she's right). So Kay and I -- dreading the thought of Nat owning a cell phone for many, many reasons -- told Nat that she has to be older and she has to work on being more responsible before we can ever consider getting her a cell phone. Please keep in mind that very recently it took Nat just three days to lose her new $60 tennis shoes -- never to be seen again. So last night, I came home from a meeting and Nat said, "I took a shower, used soap, combed my hair, and got PJs on without anyone telling me to."...
It's Not the Teachers' Faults...Not Entirely, Anyway Adrienne Bashista, A Square Peg, A Round HoleAnyway, this friend asked me about homeschooling and I said it was going okay, now that I’ve figured some things out about my boy (such as NO WORKSHEETS, and LOTS OF VIDEOS and BRIBING HIM and PRACTICE WHAT HE’S GOOD AT, meaning reading, and HIRE PEOPLE TO WATCH HIM so mama can get a break) but I also said, ‘you know, he’s a tough nut. There was a reason why he didn’t do anything in school. It wasn’t the teachers’ faults.’...
My Role Models Kelly Miller, The Miller MixOver the past two days, my sweet, smart Javi has amazed me. He held the flashlight while I combed through our attic for clothing donations (before power was restored), helped carry in bags and boxes at donation sites (and not just our donations, but also those of other people who came in after us), and spent hours sorting and bagging up toiletries for us to deliver to the areas in need...
iPad App for Child Development Nancy Konigsberg, Milestone MomDexteria is an iPad app which is designed to promote hand skills in children. Of course, when I heard about this app I jumped to buy it and test it out. My thoughts were, “what a great app this will be if it really helps.”...
Oppositional
Adrienne Bashista, Easy to Love but...
Saying NO started when he first began to talk, around 3 (notice that he was a late-talker, which lead to more frustration, which lead to more NOs) and although we’ve had ups and downs over the past couple of years in terms of the level and intensity of his opposition, it’s pretty much continued unabated until now. He’s 8, 9 in 2 months...

Spruce Kids Blog
First hand experiences and advice for all you parents out there. Spruce Kids Webinar: You’ve been diagnosed: Now What? Date: Monday May 2, 2011 Time: 2:00 pm EST Webinar log on details: to be provided
Have a child recently diagnosed with autism, ADHD or allergies? Join us and hear first hand experiences from other moms, advice from a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and tips from a registered dietitian.
30 Friggin' Fantabulous Days Pamela Hutchins, Road to Joy For 30 days, I would sneak peeks at Facebook and Twitter all day, waiting for that moment when my husband Eric would post something wonderful about ME. OK, I know the focus was supposed to be on the positive things I said about him, how they made him feel, and what they did for our relationship.

But I’m (almost) human. And in a matter of days I became the blushing, ah shucks, “oh you go on” recipient of the most beautiful compliments, ever. Never mind that he over-exaggerated most of them and is completely biased. It turned out I was just as susceptible to the impact of praise and positivity as I predicted he would be. I don’t want it to end!...

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