Chatty Child News


How Sensory Processing Disorder Looks a Lot Like ADHD

By:ADDitude Magazine

The Avoider. The Seeker. The Jumbler. The Slumper. The symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder these kids demonstrate are often mistaken for ADHD. Sensory Processing Disorder is not just about itchy tags. It is a complex and multi-faceted condition that is often mistaken for ADHD, anxiety, and other conditions. A must-read for parents.

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Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show

By:CBC News

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fidget, tap and swivel around in a chair much more than normally developing children because it helps them to learn complex material, psychologists have found.

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Dysgraphia: The Learning Disability You Need To Know About

By:Elizabeth Broadbent via ScaryMommy

It starts this way. Your child has trouble with a proper grip on his spoon or fork. Later, a proper pencil grip becomes a problem, as does cutting with scissors. While all kids reverse letters and numbers, at some point, they stop — but your child doesn’t. He has difficulty with basic punctuation, with forming his letters.

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How Visual Notes Helped a Student With a Learning Disability Thrive

By:Education Week

Brodie was a bright elementary art student with a quick and dry sense of humor. He liked to draw—he loved to draw—and he was good at it. His solutions to our project problems in elementary art always pushed the limits of the assignments, and as his art teacher, I found my answer to his frequent question of "Can I do it this way?" was "Why not?"

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Help Prevent the Removal of Critical ADHD Protections!

By:CHADD Leadership Blog

The US Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance to eliminate under Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” CHADD has become aware that the ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to keep, remove, or modify. CHADD appreciates this opportunity and would like everyone to show support for protecting students’ rights. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the “Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD”— as active guidance.

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Uncertainty Over Healthcare Funding Worries Schools

By:Diversity Inc

Proposed cuts to Medicaid would have a dire, direct effect on services for students with disabilities. With many Republican lawmakers and the White House still unable to accept the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land, the ongoing debate may have a direct effect on millions of vulnerable students who are impacted by severe symptoms due to their disabilities. As the future of healthcare hangs in the balance, so does the funding that provides the medical assistance for students during their school day.

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OT Corner: 6 Ways Core Strength Impacts Handwriting


When a child sits down to write at a desk, it can be easy for everything to go awry and messy, illegible handwriting to result. It might be poor carryover of handwriting skills, difficulty with letter formation, visual motor skills that are not up to par, or weak fine motor skills and pencil grasp struggles. The issue with sloppy handwriting is that there is a LOT going on! One tip to check as soon as a child sits down to write, is their posture. Everything from head positioning and visual view of the writing space to positioning of the arm and hand on the paper stems from the midline and base of support. Because of this, I wanted to share ways that core strength impacts handwriting.

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Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development

By:The Telegraph

Putting babies in front of iPads before the age of two stunts speech development, a new study suggests. In Britain children under the age of three spend an average of 44 minutes a day using smartphones and tablets but it is the first time researchers have shown it can impact language skills. (In the United States, a 2015 study showed 92.2 percent of 1-year-olds had already used a mobile device and a majority of 2-year-olds use them on a daily basis.)

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Ipads could hinder babies' sleep and brain development, study suggests

By:The Telegraph

Babies' sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by use of ipads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests. The British study found that every hour infants spent on such devices was linked to a 16 minutes less sleep.

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What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability

By:Hands On OT

It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again: A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents and older siblings to enjoy a peaceful meal and conversation for the next 30 minutes. What happened? Her father handed her his iPhone.

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