Study Links Child Abuse and ADHD
A Canadian study found that nearly one-third of adults with ADHD had suffered physical abuse as children. "This strong association between abuse and ADD/ADHD was not explained by differences in demographic characteristics or other early adversities experienced by those who had been abused," said lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto's. "Even after adjusting for several potential mediating factors, including age, race, gender, parental divorce, parental addictions, and long-term parental unemployment, those who reported being physically abused before age 18 had seven times greater odds of having ADD/ADHD."
Richard Branson is glad he had dyslexia
The entrepreneur from Virgin Airlines explains that he is glad he has dyslexia because: "What I learnt is to concentrate on the things I was good at, do my best at the other stuff, but really excel at the things I could do. Since I've left school, dyslexia's actually helped me. I've surrounded myself with wonderful people and become a delegator."
Younger siblings of kids with autism should be
watched for potential problems
A new study finds that half of the young siblings of children with autism develop autism or another developmental/behavioral delay. " This research should give parents and clinicians hope that clinical symptoms of atypical development can be picked up earlier so that we can perhaps reduce some of the difficulties that these families often face by intervening later," said Professor Sally Ozonoff of the MIND Institute.
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