TO MEDICATE OR NOT. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study in the July issue of Pediatrics found that, compared to non-AD/HD kids, children taking AD/HD medications had lower scores on seventh-grade standardized tests, especially in math. However, children who began taking medications soonest after an earlier, fourth-grade standardized test showed the smallest declines. The effect was greater in girls than boys and also greater for children who did poorly on their fourth grade test. Study authors conclude that later start of stimulant drug treatment of AD/HD among 9- to 12-year-old children is associated with academic decline in math. Read more.
GIGANTE. We've mentioned this film before, along with its subject, a minor-league baseball player who didn't find success in the majors until he started treatment for his AD/HD. A rough cut of the film has been screened in New York; the player, Andres Torres of the Mets, was in attendance and answered questions. If the story interests you, read more about the event.
TIME MAGAZINE starts an article on Asperger's with a look inside a social skills clinic for young Aspies, then goes on to differentiate Asperger Syndrome from high functioning autism and to speculate on the causes of Asperger's, genetic and otherwise. Read the article.
NEW YORK ASD STUDY. New York University is conducting a study of kids on the spectrum between five and 17. The study includes a no-cost evaluation, a written report, and compensation. Find out more.
PRUFROCK PRESS FANS -- be advised that this publisher of materials on giftedness and other topics is offering free shipping on purchases through July 31. Use the discount code FREESHIPGE. Find the site.
MIDWEST EVENT. The Midwest Center for the Gifted (MCG), a newly-formed organization, is sponsoring a back-to-school gifted education summit on August 15th featuring two three-hour, hands-on workshops, one by Dr. Joseph Renzulli and one by Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska. Find the site of the MCG along with more information about the event, which is titled "Exceptional Curriculum in the 21st Century."