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Understanding Attention and Concentration

Attention or concentration (the words attention and concentration are synonyms) is a fundamental learning skill. Poor attention ability can be a sign of behavior and learning disorders such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

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Licensing and Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Among Teens with ADHD

Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are licensed to drive less often and, when this group is licensed, they have a greater risk of crashing, according to a new study.

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Real Help for ADHD and other Learning Difficulties

Does your child have the ability to excel academically, yet struggles to reach his full potential? Is your child battling to concentrate, plan and organize, or is his memory poor? Does he struggle with reading? Does he, for example, confuse b and d? Does he read slowly and hesitantly, or with poor comprehension? Does he spell words as they sound, for example “rite” for “right”?...

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The Brain Is Plastic. And That Is Good News

Your son may be dyslexic, your daughter may have ADHD. Until quite recently these problems were regarded as devastating, but fortunately this is no longer the case. Today we know that the human brain is plastic — that it can change. And that is good news for your children.

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Study: Comparing Iconic Memory in Children with and without ADHD

Amadi et al. (2013) studied the possibility of iconic memory impairment in children with ADHD, and compared the results with that of children without ADHD.

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School Readiness Impaired in Preschoolers with ADHD Symptoms

Preschoolers with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are much less likely than other children their age to be ready for school, research from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.

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Warning to Adults: Children Notice Everything

Adults are really good at paying attention only to what you tell them to -- but children don't ignore anything. That difference can actually help children do better than adults in some learning situations, a new study suggests.

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Early-life Challenges Affect How Children Focus, Face the Day

Adversity early in life tends to affect a child's executive function skills -- their ability to focus, for example, or organize tasks. Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, also can lead to changes in a child's brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones.

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Childhood Methylphenidate Treatment Predicts Later Antidepressant Use

A 12-year longitudinal study, which monitored 6,830 children from early childhood into adolescence, has shown that consistent treatment with MPH-based medications during childhood increases the risk of antidepressant use during adolescence.

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Digital Media May Put Youth at Risk for ADHD

Teens who spend lots of time using digital devices are prone to psychiatric problems, reports a team of scientists in a new study. Children who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show symptoms of ADHD, the study finds.

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ADHD Drugs Do Not Improve Cognition in Healthy College Students

Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning.

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Does Exposure to Air Pollution in Pregnancy Increase ADHD Risk?

A study of 30,000 children from seven European countries found no association between prenatal exposure to air pollution and symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity.

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