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In the News


Book: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

powerofdifferent111There are numerous examples of people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders doing extraordinary things: the child on the autism spectrum who is masterful at putting together incredibly intricate Lego creations, the young person with Asperger’s syndrome who knows more about presidential history than most adults, the child with dyslexia who is a master chef in the kitchen.

This is not a coincidence, according to a book that could help turn the stigma associated with these challenges on its head.

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Research: Exploring the Link Between Childhood Curiosity and School Achievement

curiosity104The more curious the child, the more likely he or she may be to perform better in school — regardless of economic background — suggests a new study published in Pediatric Research. Read more ›


Rate of Depression is Double for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth [web resource]

lgbtq-101Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has released data about the emotional health of LGBTQ+ youth as part of their Youth in Schools series. Read more ›


Autism Prevalence Slightly Higher in CDC’s ADDM Network — About 1 in 59

childsolo96About 1 in 59 eight -year-old children in 11 communities across the United States were identified as having autism in 2014, according the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary published in April 2018.

The data in this report come from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network – a tracking system that provides estimates of the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder among more than 300,000 8-year-old children. ADDM is the largest population-based program to monitor autism and the only autism tracking system that examines health and education records. Read more ›


Helping Students Face Their Fears

stressanxiety92National data indicates that about one-third of teenagers will experience an anxiety disorder, with 8 percent seriously impaired. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that these numbers, higher than in decades past, reflect a real increase, not just a rise in reporting. Read more ›


10 Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

autism88Lisa Shulman, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician specializing in autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, based at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Health System offer ten things she wishes everyone knew about autism. Read more ›

For Teenagers, Praising ‘Effort’ May Not Promote a Growth Mindset

praise86Teachers have long been told to praise students’ effort, rather than simply saying they are “smart,” as a way to encourage students to think of their intelligence as something that can grow over time.

A new review of research in the journal Child Development suggests just praising the effort of middle and high school students to boost their “growth mindset” can have the opposite effect, with those adolescents praised becoming less likely to believe their work can improve their intelligence or skills. Read more ›

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Student Bullying Is Down Significantly

bullied82The percentage of students reporting that they’ve been bullied has dropped by more than a third since 2007, according to federal data released in mid-March.

The new figures say that 20.8 percent of students reported being bullied in 2015, continuing a downward trend that dates back to 2007, when 31.7 percent of students reported being bullied. Read more ›


Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

depressedgirl77Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. And as many as 2 in 3 depressed teens don’t get the care that could help them. To address this divide, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines this week that call for universal screening for depression. Read more ›


Noted Child Psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, MD, Speaks Out on the Parkland Shooting

shootingParklandpost76Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and President of the Child Mind Institute has spoken out on the Parkland shooting and the urgent need to make mental health a priority for research and action. Read more ›

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