This Week Across the ADD/ADHD Spectrum is a new ongoing feature, covering -- you guessed it -- news that relates to ADDers, people with LD, and the whole range of alphabet soup diagnoses.
by Hilary Tuttle
Neurofeedback Deemed Effective Treatment for ADHD
The Journal of Neurotherapy has announced that neurofeedback is a safe and effective treatment intervention for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). According to the position paper published in the Journal’s current issue, which drew upon data from more than 40 studies, impulse control and attention issues seem to be the symptoms best remediated with the treatments. [Source: Medical News Today]
Public Comments Shape Official Autism Diagnosis Guide
Earlier this year, when experts from the American Psychiatric Association released their recommended changes for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, asking for public feedback and suggestions on the criteria for conditions ranging from ADD/ADHD to eating disorders, they received more than 8,600 responses. Most suggestions regarded how to diagnose autism. While updates have been made based on these public comments, the APA's recommendations for autism spectrum disorders announced earlier this year appear to be unaltered. [Source: Disability Scoop]
Link Found Between Home Computers and Lower Test Scores
Scholars at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy have released a study claiming that the spread of available technology in homes has increased the achievement gap in test scores. According to their findings, “Students in grades five through eight, particularly those from disadvantaged families, tend to post lower scores once these technologies arrive in their home.” The study covers the period from 2000 to 2005, before Facebook and Twitter further influenced the shape of computer use. [Source: Science Daily]