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The latest news stories about LD and ADHD.

‘Falling through the cracks’: Why ADHD is under-diagnosed among Asian Americans (opens in a new window)


June 22, 2023

Behind a veneer of accomplishment, underneath good grades and musical talents, Emily Chen was in disarray. She never knew what she was missing, perpetually cycling through potential mistakes in her mind in a desperate attempt not to slip up.

In 2021, research showed that for every 100 white children diagnosed with ADHD, there are 83 Black and 77 Hispanic children, and just 48 Asian children, with the diagnosis.

Distracted: Adulting With ADHD (opens in a new window)


June 15, 2023

Anita passes the mic to our friends at the feminist documentary podcast “Bodies” for an exploration of ADHD and identity. Producer Hannah Harris Green talks about how getting an ADHD diagnosis helped her release the shame she’d been carrying since childhood.

Your child is neurodivergent. Should you tell everyone? (opens in a new window)

The Washington Post

June 15, 2023

Welcome to the complicated life of the neurodivergent — an umbrella term used to describe a variety of neurobiological conditions, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders and anxiety. While any child can have a bad episode, families with neurodivergent children tend to field more of them.

Children Who Struggle To Pay Attention Earn Less As Adults, Study Finds (opens in a new window)


June 07, 2023

Children who struggle to pay attention tend to do less well at school than their classmates and go into lower paying jobs as adults, according to a new study. And children who find it difficult to manage their behavior at school are more likely to end up in jail. “Our study found broad support for the notion that people’s early experiences and skills really matter when they reach adulthood, despite everything that happens in between,” said Andrew Koepp, of the University of Texas at Austin, lead author of the study. It also means that helping children manage their attention and behavior will benefit them in later life, he added.

Understanding and supporting girls with ADHD (opens in a new window)

KQED Mindshift

May 22, 2023

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has long been associated with young boys, but research over the past four decades has revealed a hidden world of girls affected by the disorder. Almost 13% of men and boys have ADHD compared to 5.6% of women and girls. Girls are often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed in part because parents and teachers are less likely to refer girls for treatment or diagnosis. ADHD may present differently in boys and girls. For instance, boys often exhibit hyperactive and disruptive behaviors, while girls tend to show more internalized symptoms like daydreaming and social withdrawal, which often fly under the radar. 

A Dad’s Role in Modeling Social Skills (opens in a new window)


May 10, 2023

Research shows that social skills groups don’t help boys with ADHD improve their friendships, but good male role models do. Fathers can teach their sons how to communicate and cultivate friendships in important ways. Here’s how to get started.

Navigating ADHD in adulthood (opens in a new window)

Mayo Clinic Health System

May 10, 2023

In my practice, I spend quite a bit of time explaining to children what it means to have ADHD. During this process, parents often comment that the disorder’s symptoms sound like their feelings or actions, but they haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD. This is probable because if a child has ADHD, there is a strong likelihood that a parent also has ADHD. The exact cause of ADHD is still unclear, but there is a strong genetic component.

Podcast: The Medical Care Challenges of ADD / ADHD (opens in a new window)


April 19, 2023

ADD / ADHD are typically discussed as a controversial diagnosis. Some people — including experts — feel that these conditions are over diagnosed, underdiagnosed, or simply don’t exist. ADD/ADHD have been used to attack parents, defend behavior challenges, and seemingly everything in between.

But what is the real story? Join us as today’s guest, Dr. Theresa Cerulli, explains the challenges in helping people with ADD / ADHD and the steps people can take to make sure they get the best care.

Google’s new Classroom tools include a ‘reader mode’ for people with dyslexia (opens in a new window)


April 05, 2023

Google is making it easier for people with reading challenges, such as dyslexia, to be able to make out articles and text posts online. The tech giant has launched “reader mode” for Chrome, which takes a site’s primary content and puts it into the sidebar to reduce clutter and distractions. Users will also be able to change the text’s typeface, font size and spacing, as well as its color and background color, to find the combination that works best for them. 

A Reading Teacher Makes a Case for Early Dyslexia Screening (opens in a new window)

Education Week

April 05, 2023

What do the educators whose job it is to teach children how to read think about screening for reading delays in the early grades? We asked Doug Rich. He’s a 27-year veteran educator, former classroom teacher of grades 1 through 4, and a current math and reading interventionist at McKinley Elementary School in the San Francisco Unified School District, where he works with “Tier 2” students (those identified as at risk for delays). He’s also a father of two sons with dyslexia. Rich shared his professional journey in teaching literacy—how he came to learn about the disorder, his adoption of simple screeners to identify reading delays in students, and his structured and individualized approach to teaching students how to read.

Why the dyslexic brain is misunderstood (opens in a new window)


March 22, 2023

Research has repeatedly shown dyslexia is associated with specific cognitive strengths. These include visual-spatial processing, narrative memory, problem-solving, and reasoning. While there is still a lot to learn about these advantages and how they work, in this video we unpack what we know about dyslexia, and what many studies have concluded about these strengths.

Colorado’s dyslexia screening bill likely dead in face of opposition from education groups (opens in a new window)

Chalkbeat Colorado

March 20, 2023

A bill introduced this month would have fulfilled a longtime dream of advocates for dyslexic children — universal screening for the learning disability so more Colorado students could get the reading help they need. But before the bill even got a hearing, a key lawmaker signaled it won’t move forward after opposition from some educators and state education groups.

Despite Union Opposition, Many California Teachers Support Dyslexia Screening For All Students (opens in a new window)

The 74

March 16, 2023

For years, the California Teachers Association has opposed universal dyslexia screening for students, helping to defeat legislation that would have mandated it. And yet, many classroom teachers are advocating for all students to be tested. The statewide teachers union’s opposition to mandatory screening continues to frustrate many educators. According to classroom teachers across the state, the California Teachers Association’s position will perpetuate a “wait-to-fail” approach to reading instruction that forces educators to sit by while students fall further and further behind.

Universal Screening for Dyslexia Isn’t Enough (opens in a new window)

Education Week

March 01, 2023

There are lots of reasons why screening isn’t the magic bullet that necessarily leads to “fixing” dyslexic students’ struggles with reading. Literacy experts and advocates for children with dyslexia explain some of the multiple factors that can impede both the screening process and what happens next.

“Healing from Heartbreak, the ADHD Way” (opens in a new window)


February 15, 2023

Love hurts. Love scars. For those of us with ADHD, traits like rejection sensitive dysphoria, big feelings, and obsessive thinking prolong and worsen the pain of a breakup. After a heavy dose of heartache, I’m here to share my tips for moving on.

High Expectations — and Frustrations: Stories of Twice Exceptional Students Desperately Seeking Support (opens in a new window)


January 27, 2023

Twice exceptional students are both gifted and challenged; they are also likely to remain undiagnosed and treated as their strengths compensate for or hide their struggles. High expectations can exacerbate frustrations at school, home, and in friendships as they miss the mark — and don’t know why. ADDitude readers share their stories of securing a 2e diagnosis and academic supports for their children.

“Catastrophizing Is Second Nature for My ADHD Brain.” (opens in a new window)


January 09, 2023

“Catastrophizing is an insidious process; a hijacking of the mind’s eye that causes it to see only oblivion as it peers into an unknowable future. What’s worse, awareness of catastrophizing isn’t enough to get rid of it. Luckily, I can call on a few effective suppression techniques to temper the worst of catastrophization when it does creep up.”

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