The youngest children in a given class at school are more likely to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder than those older than them, according to an American study triggering renewed debate on overdiagnosing. The topic is a heated one in the United States, where five percent of children aged two to 17 took prescription drugs for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2016. The youngest are those most affected, with a 50 percent increase in diagnoses for children aged two to five between 2007 and 2012. Around 400,000 children aged four to seven were surveyed for the study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. In an innovative approach, the researchers compared children born in August to those born in September living in US states that have a strict age limit demanding that children be at least five years old by September 1 in order to enter school that year. In those states, children born in August are systematically the youngest in their … [Read more...] about Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit?
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0 Have your say Knowing only too well the financial pressures families face, Tracie Kavanagh is taking the bull by the horns. The 31-year-old, of Ribbleton, is inviting people to grab some food and have a chat at Sion Park Community Hub, in Longridge Road. The food bank, supported by FareShare and Community Gateway Association (CGA), is open during the holidays on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am until noon and during term time, from 7.30am until 10.30am. It is open to anyone as referrals are not needed. Tracie is a full time carer to her 11-year-old daughter who has attention deficit disorder and dyspraxia and after hearing reports of people still struggling to afford to feed their children, she decided to launch her own project.Read more: Fourfold spike in free meals for children over school holidays and Preston Council's campaign to end 'holiday hunger' through the city this summer She said: “I have gone through holiday hunger in the past. My brother and I … [Read more...] about Mum launches food bank and community hub in Ribbleton
A new strategy about how people with autism in Northamptonshire are supported has been drawn up. The county council is currently consulting on the strategy which is a redesign of the current service and people have until October 5 to have their say on the proposals.The strategy is a joint initiative between the county council, the Corby and Nene clinical commissioning groups and the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.It looks at all aspects from diagnosis to support, planning for people’s future needs, transitions between stages of life, education, accommodation and employment.Training for staff across different agencies so that autism is better understood is also part of the plan.The report was written by Northamptonshire County Council’s former head of children’s services Lesley Haggar and its director of adult social care Anna Earnshaw and despite being introduced during a tough financial climate is aiming to give a personalised approach to … [Read more...] about Consultation on new strategy to support people with autism in Northants
It was an awakening of sorts. He'd come from the woods behind our home. How many other creatures lived there? Looking for evidence of the secret world of the wild things opened up this habitat and made us curious about the nocturnal goings on there. We wanted to spend more time in the wild, and see what we could find out about these lives lived cheek by jowl with our own. All around us are opportunities to engage with nature. But all too often the busyness of working life and pressures of ferrying kids to activities mean the simple things like going for a walk in the woods or the local park don't happen. In his book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv writes that never before in history have children been so plugged in, and so out of touch with the natural world. He identified what he calls nature deficit in today's wired generation, linking it to some disturbing childhood trends such as rises in obesity, depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD). In the US, doctors are … [Read more...] about Are our kids struggling with ‘nature deficit’? And why are doctors prescribing parks in the US?
UP to five per cent of school-aged children may be battling with symptoms of ADHD, according to the NHS. The common disorder, which is often diagnosed in childhood, often sparks symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. What is ADHD? The ADHD Foundation reveals that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood conditions. While symptoms are typically noticed during childhood, they can continue through into adult life. The charity explains that ADHD can be diagnosed in three different categories. These are predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type and combined inattention and hyperactive impulsive type. What are the symptoms of ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be categorised into two types of behavioural problems – inattentiveness and hyperactivity. While most people show symptoms of both of these manners, this isn’t always the case. The NHS reveals that the symptoms … [Read more...] about What is ADHD, what are the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults and children and is there a test for it?