'Positive Discipline for Children With Special Needs': Author Q&A

Watch Videos Related to This Article Children with special needs need discipline, just like every other kid on the planet. How else are they going to learn about limits and boundaries, right from wrong and the basics of socially acceptable behavio...Book says cchildren, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to feel capable, important and self-possessed.

Katherine Ellison, Author of 'Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention,' Understands Distraction

Katherine Ellison deals with ADHD in many different ways. Credit: Nick Rozsa
You don't have to have Attention Deficit Disorder to get a lot out of "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention," the new memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine...
Ellison makes a point in her book that our entire society -- this writer included -- is growing increasingly prone to distraction.

Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention? Video Games May Be to Blame

Attention problems can continue into adulthood. Credit: Corbis
Say your child is having trouble paying attention in school? Turn off the video games. A new study shows the more time kids spend playing video games, the more likely they are to...

When Sleepaway Camp Becomes an ADHD Medication Vacation

School's out for summer, but what about the meds? Credit: Getty Images
This year, parents of kids going to Eisner and Crane Lake Camps in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains can't say they didn't get the memo. An e-mail went out recently st...

ADHD Drugs Linked to Kids' Deaths

For parents of kids with ADHD, medication can often seem like a godsend. Recent studies have shown that kids who take these drugs specifically for a diagnosed condition perform better in school, for example. But a new study released this week in the ...

Get a heart checkup before you get ADHD meds

The American Heart Association has issued a new recommendation that children get a complete heart exam before beginning a regimen of drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta. These medicines carry warnings about risks for those with heart defect...

Required reading: Newsweek article on "quirky kids"

My son has been wearing a polo shirt to school this year (it's part of his uniform) and every morning he carefully buttons the VERY TOP button. When I gently suggest that he leave that last button open because that's how most people wear a polo shirt...

Parents and kids using ADHD drugs

Do some families need to buy an economy sized bottle of ADHD drugs to treat both the parents and kids in the house? There appears to be a growing trend of mothers beginning the drug therapy and then the children following. While some fathers also see...

Parents ask for Ritalin -- to boost grades

In an attempt to raise their kids' grades, it seems some parents are following the examples set by professional athletes and looking for chemical solutions. According to an MSNBC article, they're after drugs that they think will help their kids do be...

Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlated?

Last night when we were again discussing the boy vs. girl-ness of education, I recognized the recurrence of a new theme in the ADD/genderized learning debate: when recess time decreases, ADHD increases. Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlat...


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