ADHD drugs ‘do not stunt children’s growth,’ say AAP

Medical News Today reports: To investigate whether stimulant medications are associated with final adult height, the researchers examined 340 children with ADHD who were born between 1976-1982 and compared... 

Bipolar Disorder Genes Uncovered

Jane Collingwood reports on a new study: … Professor Markus Nothen of the University of Bonn, Germany, explains, “There is no one gene that has a significant effect on the development of bipolar... 

Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome and Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Prevalence, Associations, and Explanation of the Relationships

A new study by Robertson, Cavanna, and Eapen has been published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: “Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome and Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Prevalence,... 

Genetic Predisposition Increases the Tic Severity, Rate of Comorbidities, and Psychosocial and Educational Difficulties in Children With Tourette Syndrome

A new study in the Journal of Child Neurology by Eysturoy, Skov, and Debes may be of interest to some readers. “Genetic Predisposition Increases the Tic Severity, Rate of Comorbidities, and Psychosocial... 

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Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field

Everyone’s been e-mailing me to ask if I know about the extraordinary goal keeper, Tim Howard. Well, yes, I know – I included Tim in my inspiration page of famous people with TS or OCD over... 

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

A very exciting press release issued January 8 by the U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), today released a school... 

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

I recently noted new research on the increasing rates of diagnosed ADHD.  Now there’s this article by Alan Schwarz in the New York Times: After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize... 

The 2014 Tourette Syndrome Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

The 2014 Tourette Syndrome Conference organized by the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on February 8, 2014 The theme is “Breaking Down the Barriers” and educating teachers,... 

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Resource: Tic Management 101 for Parents: A CBIT Perspective

Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D. recently presented a webinar  for parents on CBIT (Comprehensive Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics). If you missed it, you can watch it on TSA’s website and view/download the slides he used in the presentation.. Healthcare professionals may want to view an earlier presentation oriented to professionals.  Read More →

Back to School: Is your child ready? Are you?

It’s that time again, so I thought I’d re-post links to some articles I’ve written in the past to help parents: Back to School Tip #1: Is the teacher ready for your child? (how to and what to write to the teachers) Back to School Tip #2: Re-establish wake-up time and routines Back to School Tip #3: Structure and routine boost homework compliance Back to School Tip #4: Can they... [Read more of this news story]

Tips for preventing meltdowns (theirs and yours) during the holiday season

I hadn’t really thought about writing a Tips post for surviving the holiday season. Then I saw a column in the Toronto Star that offered tips that generally will not work for our kids, so I decided maybe I should post something after all.  But before I do, let me point out what triggered this response: “Tantrums are about power struggles and attention,” said Natalia McPhedran, an Ottawa-based... [Read more of this news story]

Another Restless Night or Something More?: Five Signs of Sleep Disorders in School-Age Children with Special Needs

From the Kennedy Krieger Institute: While sleep disturbances are common in all children at some point during childhood, the National Association of School Psychologists estimates that as many as 30 percent of children have restless nights serious enough to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder. For children with special needs, the likelihood of sleep disorders is even higher, due to factors such as... [Read more of this news story]

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