Archive for March 2019

The ADHD Brain

Thanks to the research done by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD*, and Christina Ledbetter, PhD**, we now have insights into the ADHD brain.  To date, this is the largest study conducted on the cognitive profiles in ADHD.    The results of this large study (over 5,400 individuals) revealed that the greatest cognitive deficits in individuals with…

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Autism and Cognitive Remediation

Autism and Cognitive Remediation Submitted by: Lori Bryan, Ph.D. Purpose of This Paper The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the recent literature regarding autism, current data suggesting its neurobiological underpinnings and the potential opportunities for cognitive rehabilitation. Evidence from brain imaging and electrophysiological studies has identified differences in the brain…

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Maintaining Cognitive Function

Just like with health decisions, so, too, the brain is either getting better or worse depending on how it’s being treated day to day.  We know from research that our brains peak at earl to mid 30s and after that, cognitive decline is a real issues.  The decline is slow, and for many of us,…

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Brain Plasticity and Cognition

Brain Plasticity and Cognition: A Review of the Literature Submitted by: Lori Bryan, PhD Purpose of this paper The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the recent literature regarding brain plasticity and its relationship to executive function, learning and cognition.  Substantial evidence exists that cognitive training approaches to enhance executive function,…

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7 Myths About the Brain that Might Surprise You

7 Myths about the Brain that Might Surprise You* In the past several years, scientists have devoted countless hours to understanding the brain.  Here are some of the previously held beliefs that have been debunked as a result of that research. Myth:  You’re either left-brained or right-brained.  There is no evidence that people preferentially use…

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Dyslexia Testing: Pros and Cons

Dyslexia Testing:  Pros and Cons Many parents, along with teachers, sometimes wonder if dyslexia is holding their child back.  They receive good instruction from caring, knowledgeable instructors, and they come from a supportive home environment that supports the importance of education.    In spite of all that, they are still struggling, particularly in the areas of…

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Dyslexia Screening Checklist

Dyslexia Screening Checklist While all individuals are unique, and certain symptoms are more crucial at specific ages, nevertheless, there are some commonalities that indicate dyslexia may be an issue for you or your child.  Research indicates that if a person has ten or more symptoms, evaluation and remediation may be indicated. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Check any of…

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Girls with ADHD

Why write an article specific to one gender?  Girls tend to present differently, so need a unique approach.  For instance, most girls with ADHD generally have the inattentive type rather than the hyperactive component; their symptoms are more internalized.  Is this because they are genetically “wired” that way or because societal expectations “reward” compliant and…

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Managing Screen Time

This information was provided by Dr. Jodi Gold.  Jodi Gold, MD, is the author of SCREEN SMART PARENTING and a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in New York.  Every generation of parents has had a new worry never seen before that they had to learn how to handle.  Today’s parents are facing the digital world and…

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