September is National ADHD Awareness Month and what better time to talk about the long-term risks of not treating the disorder?Here's an article on some of the long-term symptoms of untreated ADHD:http://thegazette.com/2012/09/12/adhd-awareness-month-focuses-on-long-te...As you can see, these are big concerns: anxiety/depression, difficulty managing time and money, difficulty getting into college? This is serious stuff!...more
Originally this was going to be a "comment" but then it was way too long, so I made it a post. I'm having an issue with this post (and I keep coming back to it when I should just go to bed and leave well enough alone I guess because I don't want to sound like I'm judging you), but I have an issue with it and it's not because you hit your autistic son. I have 2 kids and have absolutely been pushed to my breaking point....more
This story is not about either of my sons. This story is about a boy about 30 odd years ago. That boy grew up in a small town in India. He was the first son, the first grandson; the oldest of his generation. Hence, he had the weight of the entire generation on him; he was to serve as a shining example of all that was expected of that generation from his elders. The boy didn't mind; in fact, he reveled in the distinction. ...more
It's Friday, and you can't know how glad I am about that. Not only is the workweek ending, but as of yet, neither of my kids get homework over the weekends.
This school year has been a real challenge, and we're not even a month into it here. David is in 3rd grade now, and here they follow the "Everyday Mathematics" program. In 3rd grade, they begin a new "spiral" of learning - that means they're out basics and skill drills and into putting it all together in more complex manners.
Math has always been difficult for David....more
I'm on the floor of the bathroom with my fingers in my ears. I'm not sure it was even necessary as I wouldn't be able to hear the cries of my child over the cries of my own. I'm crying so hard that my body has started to shake with exhaustion, and I'm sweaty from the exertion.
In the other room Casey screams from his car seat that I ripped from the car to buckle him in because I did not know what else to do. He's safe. Safe from himself, and so much worse, safe from me.
I hit him. I hit my six-year-old autistic son.
News broke yesterday of a new genetic test that can identify potential risk for autism. Researchers managed to identify 237 genetic markers in 146 genes that either contribute to or protect an individual from developing autism. The risk markers increase the score on the genetic test, while the protective markers decrease the score....more
A research team in Sweden has found that children with ADHD appear to have nearly 50% less tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid (protein) which helps to produce dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline. The problem is that the cells that are supposed to transport tryptophan are hindered in kids with ADHD. The head researcher believes that the results of this test likely mean that the ADHD brain produces less serotonin and she believes it may be beneficial to use other drugs (maybe that increase serotonin production?) to treat ADHD.Here's the study:...more
If you think no kid is cruel enough nowadays to pick on a kid with special needs, think again.The American Medical Association just published a reporter in its Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine citing that nearly half of youth with an ASD has been a victim of bullying.That's significantly higher than the percantage for kids in general being bullied.The study doesn't tell much, but here's an article about bullying and kids with learning disabilities:Why bullies target struggling students (and how you can help!) ...more