ADHD in the News 2017-11-02

Study links acetaminophen in pregnancy to ADHD, but experts question results

Long-term use of acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with twice the risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. However, two experts believe that the data do not support these findings.

Meta-analysis of Pharmacological, Non-Pharmacological Treatments for ADHD

In a systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLoS One, behavioral therapy combined with stimulants was shown to be more efficacious and tolerable than other treatments for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A total of 190 randomized trials (N=26,114) that evaluated pharmacological, psychological, and complementary and alternative treatments for ADHD were evaluated.

Are Children With ADHD Missing Nonverbal Cues From Teachers?

Most people are aware of the role that nonverbal and other interpersonal cues play while interacting with others...But children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may struggle interpreting, or even noticing, these cues in the first place, which can interfere with social relationships and academic success.

Can Giving Kids Stimulants for ADHD Make Them Heavier Later in Life?

It’s no secret that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder stimulants may suppress the appetite. According to the Cleveland Clinic, possible side effects include decreased appetite (which affects approximately 80 percent of people taking stimulants) and weight loss. However, what about the flip side of the coin – are there possible associations between ADHD stimulants and weight gain?

External trigeminal nerve stimulation effective for pediatric ADHD

Data presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting indicated efficacy of monotherapy external trigeminal nerve stimulation for ADHD in children."

Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Dyslexia?

If your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is having difficulties sounding out certain letters, referring to something using an incorrect word choice or having challenges with sound patterns, he or she could also be struggling with dyslexia. In fact, the International Dyslexia Association notes that ADHD and dyslexia are "distinct conditions that frequently overlap.”

Five People You Need to Talk to About Your Child’s ADHD Diagnosis

The traditional academic environment can pose myriad challenges for a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That’s why it’s vital that parents work in conjunction with school officials to help children develop the organizational skills necessary to flourish."

Parent Power: 5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s ADHD

When a child has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parents have the power to change behavior...For external factors, parents can make the biggest difference. “When we talk about behavior and ADHD, parents can be the agents of change,” Dr. Manos says. Here are just a few ways to get started:

The rise of ADHD: An educational psychology perspective

October has been Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. Past chair of our Division of Educational Psychology (DECP), Vivian Hill, gives her thoughts on rising ADHD rates and the role of educational psychologists.