Intellectual disability, ADHD and autism tied to early maternal anemia

Source: Karolinska Institute The timing of anemia, a common condition in late pregnancy, can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers found a link between early anemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. Anemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same correlation. The findings underscore the importance of early screening for iron status […]

Getting Your Child with Aspergers or ADHD Involved in Social Events

Adolescence is a critical time for social development. Not all teens develop social skills at the same pace. Those with Asperger’s Syndrome or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have deficits that need to be addressed in order to enjoy the normal experiences of adolescence. One-way parents can help their teens develop important social skills is by encouraging them to participate in social events at school and in the community. Structured events allow teens with […]

Measuring the Brain

By Elise Welker For children with the challenging symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—the most commonly diagnosed mental health condition in young children—new research from Kennedy Krieger Institute reveals a likely biological connection: significantly reduced brain size at a young age. Using high-resolution brain imaging scans along with cognitive and behavioral measures, researchers studied the brain development of 90 preschoolers. It was the first study to identify preschool-age children with ADHD symptoms, and to […]

Parents & Caregivers of ADHD

While ADHD is believed to be hereditary, effectively managing your child’s symptoms can affect both the severity of the disorder and development of more serious problems over time. Early intervention holds the key to positive outcomes for your child. The earlier you address your child’s problems, the more likely you will be able to prevent school and social failure and associated problems such as underachievement and poor self-esteem that may lead to delinquency or drug […]

Hayley’s Journey

BY GAIL AND HARRY KOUJAIAN The Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) community is very fortunate and in an envious position. For being a rare disease, there are now several clinical trials in the pipeline with more on the way. Hayley’s childhood was mostly typical. She was a happy kid that participated in Karate, cheerleading, sports and met all her early milestones. Things however changed around 1st grade. She was clumsy and started to have issues […]

More Young Children with ADHD Could Benefit from Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy recommended before medicine for young children with ADHD More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit from psychological services – including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder. ADHD is […]

Autistic children struggle with sensory discomfort

New research shows that children with autism experience higher levels of sensory discomfort at school than children who do not have autism – and this affects their ability to learn. The study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, was carried out by Fiona Howe and Dr Steven Stagg of Anglia Ruskin University. The research, which was conducted at three schools in the East of England, found that 88% of children with autism […]

Explaining autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of highly inheritable behavioural disorders that pose major personal and public health concerns. Patients with ASDs have mild to severe communication difficulties, repetitive behaviour and social challenges. Such disorders significantly challenge an individual’s ability to conduct daily activities and function normally in society. Currently there are very few medication options that effectively treat ASDs. Recognising a need to better understand the biology that produces ASD symptoms, scientists at […]

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Functional Outcomes in a School-Based Sample of Children

The Journal of Attention Disorders has published a new study, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Functional Outcomes in a School-Based Sample of Children. This study looked at the number of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who also have another mental disorder, and it also reported the impact that these disorders had on affected children. Researchers from the CDC, the University of Florida-Jacksonville, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center found that more than half […]

New study supports link between ADHD and traumatic brain injury

Written by James McIntosh A recent study of Canadian adults has found links between traumatic brain injury and a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, suggesting that adults with a history of brain injuries may benefit from improved screening for the behavioral disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, utilized data obtained from a telephone survey of the adult residents of Ontario, Canada. “These new data suggest a significant association between ADHD [attention-deficit […]