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Learning Strategies

Working as a team to design and deliver solutions for individuals and communities affected by learning, behavioral, and developmental difficulties.


Stress and social media fuel mental health crisis among girls

"Rates of stress, anxiety and depression are rising sharply among teenage girls in what mental health specialists say is a “deeply worrying” trend that is far less pronounced among boys of the same age. "


theguardian.com NHS data shows 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in past decade


How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

"Now Brown and other researchers are drawing attention to a compelling possibility: Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior may in fact mirror the effects of adversity, and many pediatricians, psychiatrists, and psychologists don’t know how—or don’t have the time—to tell the difference. "


theatlantic.com Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. 


Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid Of All School Subjects

"As Phenomenal Education states on their website, “In Phenomenon Based Learning (PhenoBL) and teaching, holistic real-world phenomena provide the starting point for learning. The phenomena are studied as complete entities, in their real context, and the information and skills related to them are studied by crossing the boundaries between subjects.”


curiousmindmagazine.com In an era of technology and easily accessible information, our schools still expect from us to know everything from the books, without considering whether this is going to be what we will actually need in


College-Age Depression Is Increasingly Tied to Helicopter Parenting, Studies Show

"The data emerging about the mental health of our kids only confirms the harm done by asking so little of them when it comes to life skills yet so much of them when it comes to adhering to the academic plans we’ve made for them."


slate.com Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry ...


The Science of Choice in Addiction

"Every addict has reasons to begin using, reasons to continue, and reasons to quit. To act on a reason is to choose. To make good choices requires the presence of meaningful alternatives. And making a series of good choices leads to achievements—jobs, relationships, reputations. These give a person something meaningful to lose, another reason in itself to steer away from bad choices."


theatlantic.com Research has shown that beating addiction is ultimately about regarding addicts as people who can rationally choose.


David Mitchell: what my son's autism has taught me

"Despite the prevalence of phrases like “autism epidemic” and suggested “cures”, autism is not a disease (an illness caused by a known biological agent), but a syndrome – a cluster of symptoms, or the disorder associated with them."


www.theguardian.com ‘Hurry!’ came the advice following diagnosis. ‘Save your child from autism before it’s too late!’ But how do you save your child from something when you don’t know what that something is?


I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored

"As an only child who grew up before the rise of the Internet, boredom was my constant companion. Summers were an endless stretch of riding my bike around town, reading, and staring up into the sky, imagining stories that I later wrote into my tattered journals."


qz.com When we're bored, we're more likely to seek out inspired solutions to everyday problems.


Instagram worst app for young people's mental health

(CNN) - Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people's mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK.


cnn.it Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app to young people's mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, for issues including depression and body image, says a new report.


Researchers find neurological conditions could begin in the womb

University of Queensland lecturer and medical alumnus Dr Liam Coulthard led the study into how brain development is affected by altering the activity of the complement system – which controls innate or natural immunity – during pregnancy.

Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-neurological-conditions-womb.html#jCp


medicalxpress.com Researchers say a protein usually associated with the immune system could play a role in the development of neurological conditions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.


Many children with autism get significantly smarter over time | Spectrum | Autism Research News

"This tells us that you can’t be too hasty in diagnosing intellectual disability, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen"


spectrumnews.org Between the ages of 2 and 8, intelligence increases in half of children with autism. In some of these children, intellectual disability gives way to average intelligence.


Study finds altered brain growth patterns that predict autism

"If larger studies confirm the findings, the method could become the first to accurately predict autism in the first year of life - allowing for earlier detection and behavioral treatment for high-risk babies."


www.autismspeaks.org Experimental brain-imaging method predicts autism based on early differences in brain growth; potential for earlier diagnosis and therapy for high-risk infants


Why We Need to Take 'High-Functioning' Anxiety Seriously

"This is the downfall of having an invisible illness. The trouble with having a disorder that masks itself as “just fine.”"


themighty.com "I'm not faking being sick. I've been faking being well."


People With ADHD Have Different Brains

"The study’s authors hope that the research will help to combat widespread misunderstanding of ADHD, which is often seen as some sort of motivational deficit or character failing rather than a real disorder. The findings show that the disorder is as real as other neuropsychiatric disorders like depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder."


m.huffpost.com Certain brain structures related to emotion and reward are smaller in people with the disorder, new research finds.


10 Books to Help Children Understand Mental Illness

"As much as we want to shield our kids from confusion or concern, health professionals recommend educating children and teenagers about mental illness. When they receive the correct information, it helps dispel common misconceptions and stigma, and provides them with the knowledge and resources they need to understand a particular illness and why they – or someone they know – might struggle."


www.parent.co While we want to shield our kids from concern, health professionals recommend educating kids and teens about mental illness. These books can help.


Mothers with autism: ‘I mothered my children in a very different way’

"Experts say that there is a hidden pool of mothers who have grown up with undiagnosed autism. These women often only recognise their own condition when researching their children’s symptoms."


www.theguardian.com Women with autism are twice as likely to be undiagnosed as men. Amelia Hill speaks to four mothers who only recognised their own condition after researching their children’s behaviour


'All my life suddenly made sense': how it feels to be diagnosed with autism late in life

Unfortunately, the everyday world has yet to catch up. Only 16% of adults diagnosed with autism in the UK are in full-time, paid employment. In 2014 Baron-Cohen’s team found that two-thirds of the patients in their clinic had either felt suicidal or planned to kill themselves, and that a third had attempted to do so. “To my mind, this is nothing to do with autism or Asperger syndrome,” he says. “These are secondary mental-health problems. You came into the world with autism, and the way the world reacted, or didn’t react, to you has led to a second problem, which is depression. And that’s preventable.”


www.theguardian.com Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis


Brain scans connect autism with schizophrenia, depression | Spectrum

“These biotypes show us information that we wouldn’t have known if we relied on standard DSM categories. Now we can look at the issue of mental disorders from different points of view,”


spectrumnews.org A new tool spots shared patterns of brain connectivity among people who have autism, schizophrenia or major depressive disorder.


'Super-parenting' improves children's autism - BBC News

"Dr James Cusack, the director of science at the charity Autistica, said: "Parents commonly tell us that they fight for a diagnosis, but when they finally get it, the cupboard is bare, with little information or tailored support available to them."


www.bbc.co.uk Training mums and dads as "super parents" can dramatically improve a child's autism, a study shows.


How should we talk about mental health?

"People still think that it’s shameful if they have a mental illness. They think it shows personal weakness. They think it shows a failing. If it’s their children who have mental illness, they think it reflects their failure as parents.”


ideas.ted.com Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every 4 people experiences mental health issues — yet we’re not very informed when it comes to talking about the topic. Hear fro…


Exercise Is ADHD Medication


www.theatlantic.com Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.


A 10 Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Singing. What Happened Next Shocked Everyone.


A 10 Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Steps On Stage To Sing. What Happened Next Shocked Everyone. Amazing boy! This video proves that just because someone looks ...

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