Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is linked to delayed brain development

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February 19, 2017 · Posted in Learning Disabilities, adhd, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning differences · Comment 

by Amy Ellis Nutt

This article appeared February 15, 2017, on

For the first time, scientists can point to substantial empirical evidence that people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have brain structures that differ from those of people without ADHD. The common disorder, they conclude, should be considered a problem of delayed brain maturation and not…READ MORE:

6 Ways You Can Help Your Child Thrive with Dyslexia

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February 4, 2017 · Posted in Childrens Issues, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities · Comment 

by Ela Lourenco

This article appeared Saturday 4 February 2017, on

Let children know dyslexia doesn’t mean they’re less intelligent, and help them find out which reading genre they prefer.

My eldest daughter, Larissa, read her first words at three and could read wee picture books by the age of four – not a child you would ever expect to be dyslexic, and yet she is. She has a form of dyslexia called auditory processing disorder, which means the message from the ear to the brain is not always received clearly (nothing to do with…READ MORE:

Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia

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January 27, 2017 · Posted in Childrens Issues, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, learning differences · Comment 

by LA Johnson

This article appeared January 25, 20178:57 AM ET, on

“I understand things visually, by finding them in paint. I don’t know if my dyslexia causes me to be this way, but I have a feeling it does.” — Rachel Deane, painter.

We know lots of facts about dyslexia: It’s the most common reading disorder. It changes the way millions of people read and process information.

But we know much less about how it feels to people who have it. How it shapes your self-image, your confidence and how people…

How ‘Pokemon Go’ is helping kids with autism and Asperger’s

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August 21, 2016 · Posted in Behavior Issues, Childrens Issues, Learning Disabilities, learning differences · Comment 

By Rachel Cao

This article appeared Fri August 5, 2016 on FEATURING DAIC’S OWN DR. PETER FAUSTINO

(CNN)The moment 12-year-old Ian Thayer asked his mom to go outside for Pokemon hunting, Stephanie Barnhill was struck with wonder and excitement.

No, she wasn’t obsessed with trying to catch all 145 Pokemon.
Ian has Asperger’s syndrome, and for him, Read more

Studying for the Test by Taking It

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August 21, 2016 · Posted in Childrens Issues, Evaluation, Testing · Comment 

By Benedict Carey
A version of this article appeared in print on November 22, 2014, in the New York Times.

PROTESTS are flaring up in pockets of the country against the proliferation of standardized tests. For many parents and teachers, school has become little more than a series of workout sessions for the assessment du jour.
And that is exactly backward, research shows. Tests should work for the student, not the other way around.
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Mayo Researchers Discover Tactic to Delay Age-Related Disorders

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November 6, 2011 · Posted in Aging, Brain Age · Comment  November 2, 2011

Concept Demonstrated in Mouse Model

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that eliminating cells that accumulate with age could prevent or delay the onset of age-related disorders and disabilities. The study, performed in mouse models, provides the first evidence that these “deadbeat” cells could contribute to aging and suggests a way to help people stay healthier as they age. The findings appear in the journal Nature, along with an independent commentary on Read more

Hard Decisions for Learning Disabled

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November 6, 2011 · Posted in LD, Learning Disabilities, learning differences · Comment 
By  New York Times, November 3, 2011

The admissions process can be stressful for even the most gifted, organized students. But to applicants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities, the path to college can feel like a maze. The Choice addresses some of the issues such students face.

1. Should a student who has struggled with A.D.H.D. or dyslexia disclose it when applying to college?

The answer, like so many aspects of college admissions, depends mightily on Read more

Dyslexia May Be a Hearing Problem Too

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September 10, 2011 · Posted in Childrens Issues, Dyslexia, learning differences · Comment 

August 1, 2011   New York Times


New research suggests dyslexia may be more than just a reading problem, but also an issue of how the brain processes spoken language.

A study published last week in the journal Science suggests that how dyslexics hear Read more

When Lapses Are Not Just Signs of Aging

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September 10, 2011 · Posted in Aging, Behavior Issues, Evaluation, Memory loss · Comment 


Published: September 5, 2011   New York Times

Who hasn’t struggled occasionally to come up with a desired word or the name of someone near and dear? I was still in my 40s when one day the first name of my stepmother of 30-odd years suddenly escaped me. I had to introduce her to a friend as “Mrs. Brody.”

But for millions of Americans with a neurological condition called Read more

Words Failed, Then Saved Me

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September 5, 2011 · Posted in Behavior Issues, Childrens Issues, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, learning differences · Comment 


Published: September 3, 2011  New York Times

Philip Schultz is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the author of the forthcoming memoir “My Dyslexia.”

I WAS well into middle age when one of my children, then in the second grade, was found to be dyslexic. I had never known the name for it, but I recognized immediately that the symptoms were also mine. When I was his age I’d already all but given up on myself.

Repeating third grade at a new school, after having Read more

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