A Letter to My Younger Self: Reflections on ADHD

Source: additudemag.com, April 14, 2022Reporter: Joanna Moorhead Be honest: Have you ever dreamed of inventing a time-travel machine explicitly to go back and undo particularly cringe-worthy or heart-breaking events of your past? You’d never forget your brother’s beloved Pokémon cards at sleepaway camp, spill marinara on your prom dress, or impulsively spread a rumor about …

‘A lot fell into place’: the adults who discovered they were autistic – after their child was diagnosed

Source: the Guardian, Dec. 16, 2021Reporter: Joanna Moorhead “An unexpected result of the greater number of children being diagnosed has been that many parents have discovered that they are autistic, too, often by figuring it out for themselves. . . There are no exact figures, says Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University, Britain’s leading academic …

Managing A.D.H.D. Is Hard. These Coaches Want to Help.

Source: New York Times, Oct. 22, 2021Reporter: Christina Caron “A.D.H.D. coaching is considered an emerging field, although the profession is becoming more widely known. Interviews with coaches and clients, and a number of studies assessing college students, suggest that it can help manage A.D.H.D. symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, while improving executive functioning skills …

This Is Our Chance to Pull Teenagers Out of the Smartphone Trap

Authors: Jonathan Haidt and Jean M. Twenge This synchronized global increase in teenage loneliness suggests a global cause, and the timing is right for smartphones and social media to be major contributors. But couldn’t the timing just be coincidental? To test our hypothesis, we sought data on many global trends that might have an impact …

Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function

Authors: NATIONAL FORUM ON EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY AND PROGRAMS and NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL ON THE DEVELOPING CHILD

The Distracted Student Mind

Author: Larry D. Rosen, California State University The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention Due to the constant temptation to check their smartphones, today’s students are spending less time focused on their schoolwork, taking longer to complete assignments, and feeling more stressed in the process. Just how big of a problem is …

Executive Function: Skills for School and Life

Author: David Walsh, Ph.D., Mind Positive parenting “Want your child to succeed in school and life? Then look beyond IQ scores andtest results. A whole host of mental skills—constituting what is calledexecutive function–determine how as opposed to what we learn. Emergingresearch is clear that these skills form the foundation that kids need tosucceed.”