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Have you heard of Vi Hart? She has a whole website where she doodles -- and shows mathematical patterns that come out with doodling and playing. Not arithmetic. But beautiful, complex, stunningly cool math. This particular video has given my child great things to draw when waiting in a restaurant.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
I talk with many other moms on email. One of them just sent me a link to a the Eaton Arrowsmith School in Toronto, together with the comment that she'd love to see a school like this started here in the Silicon Valley. I looked at the school and got... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
A recent study said that, as of 2007, up to 10% of US children have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. That's up 23% from 2003. That's 5.4 million kids. And two-thirds of those kids are currently taking drugs to treat it. It's become one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Thanks Rod. Look at the followup posting: Smart people with limited working memory, and the discussion of diffuse attention. I find personally that the older I get (and unless driven by a paycheck) I have apparently developed "diffuse attention" now too, so I can relate to my kid! So what is it that you do in life, and how do you cope? I'm also researching the various online games for working on memory. BTW, at least two Web sites offer free programs for working out working memory: and Cheers! Thanks for helping to start some discussions on this stuff as I try to help my kid!
Here's a wonderful blog post from Dr. Eide on how she, herself, (or he. not sure which one!) has a limited working memory. Many people have particular gifts or limitations "under their hoods." We haven't really thought about it; we just naturally compensate. But when you're working with children, trying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Have you seen results from the study of three thousand children, saying that ten percent of those children suffered from poor working memory seriously affecting their learning? Experts say that poor working memory (and lack of knowledge about how to work with it) is behind many school problems. Poor working... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
I spent hours and hours last year trying to teach my son multiplication. Unfortunately, his teacher was no help at all. A bit sullen from having to encourage my unfocused child, she was also young and didn't have a big bag of tricks to use. Darn it. So he ended... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
If you pull back and take a 10,000-foot view at the ADHD situation, you get an idea of how many different types of practitioners are carefully gathering data and creating their own ideas about what causes ADHD. But there are so many definitive claims flying around (diet! exercise! magnesium! smoking!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Did you know that BPA, which was first developed as a synthetic estrogen (and is now used in plastic) is totally non-regulated? Zero government safety standards limiting the amount of BPA in canned food. Manufacturers use 6 billion pounds of it a year. That data is from the recent survey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Just in case you haven't seen it, here is a link to the biggest ADHD report around, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on 11 12, 2010. My comments later. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
The University of Colorado's Craft Technology Group works with the departments of Computer Science and Cognitive Science to interweave computation with craft materials. They are particularly interested in "extending the landscape of children's craft activities." An interesting grant that they're working on right now is called "A Cultural Shift in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
When my child was very young, we never taught him how to draw anything. We figured that it was best that he teach himself how to draw -- or not. Now that he's 10, he draws all the time. He's quite good, and he's now starting to learn things from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
I am not incredibly fond of blogs. As a professional writer, my latest words do not automatically cancel out and "better" my previous words. Sometimes I will dash something out, and other posts will take days. Some of my best, funniest writing went into blog posts about three years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
In Kindergarten, a somewhat busybody mom in our class told me that I should have my child looked at by an OT. At the time, I was mostly concerned with his social skills, so I shrugged it off. After all, this same parent had gotten pretty much hysterical at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Yesterday I went to a lovely little indoor gym where children can play. They jump on things, run through hanging rubber rods, go down slides and through rollers. They love it. and it's great for building proprioception. The gym was put together by a mom and trainer who wants to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Some people claim that if you're dyslexic you are possessed of wonderful gifts. You see things as though you are floating over your own head, looking down! You can immediately visualize things and know how they go together. Right. Well, we haven't met that particular version of dyslexic in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
There is a group of children in our country right now who have developmental lags, hiccups, and disorders. They are diagnosed with things like ADD or ADHD, social problems, hypersensitivities, dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory issues, problems with balance, proprioception (the brain knowing where the body is in space), problems with eating, sleeping, and more. Some of them are just having a really hard time learning to read or write. One estimate says that up to 17% of children in our country suffer from one of these issues. With the exception of ADHD, which has a nice welcoming pharmaceutical industry to help out, most of these problems don't have cut-and-dried treatments. If your pediatrician diagnoses one of these disorders, they don't treat it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
I have blogged for years about my personal culture shock from moving to the suburbs. For the first three years in my suburb, I pretty much only spoke with people I hired. The people in my particular WASPy enclave are very reserved, and the children are inexplicably taught to shun... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
My friend reports that her child is having trouble in Kindergarten and might have some sensory issues. She's kicking herself for not noticing. I know the feeling. When my child was in first grade, his writing was all on top of itself and at the middle of a sentence, would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
Hello there. I' m a writer, but for the past two and a half years, I've been researching and trying different neurodevelopmental techniques as a way to help my kid. Now I'm trying to write it out. I have huge amounts of notes and links. Countless books. Tons of contacts.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Neurodevelopmental Bathtub
hi Liz! You say in this post that dyslexia is not a visual disorder and that movement therapy will not help. Well, yes, in a perfect world, where dyslexics are properly diagnosed, that might be true (although since dyslexia is an umbrella term for several brain skills that CAN be affected by movement therapy, particularly infant reflex integration, I might still challenge that.) Long-winded, but the point I'm trying to make is that dyslexia is often misdiagnosed, and sometimes it's in tandem with other issues. The Facebook page "what causes your dyslexia" is a good start, but parents who are just looking for root causes to reading problems should also have a child's eyes (including detailed visual tracking), ears, and movement checked. My son had problems reading, but he also couldn't stand on one foot at 7.5. Turns out that the two were very related. He is in third grade now, reading at grade level. His comprehension scores are 99%. His lowest scores are on rapid letter and number naming - skills that can be helped by a program like Seeing Stars, by Lindamood Bell. cheers! cat
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2010 on On Dyslexia at Academic Remediation
Hiya Geoff. Breeeaaaathe. I only add people if I don't mind if they follow me. With regard to people who sign up and then don't respond, I say cut 'em some slack. First off, many of them are technology newbies and don't understand about the care and watering of online relationships. They're still back in email-land. Secondly, the Facebook UI bites so badly that it just doesn't really tell you if you have an email. You have to click on InBox, and I think that it took me several months to get around to doing that (and I am VERY SAVVY). Pathetic, but true. So if a friend of yours is now a teacher somewhere in the midwest or whatever, and she friends you, let it be. Whatever. We assimilate new tecstuff at warp speed here and many other people take a loooot longer to do so. I let some of my old work buddies onto Facebook but only rarely do I put people I don't know and like on there. I reserve Linked In for that.
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The Medical Students for choice website addresses some of these issues. It's really impressive. Thank you Maria for telling us about it.
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My apologies for not giving Dr. Tiller the title he so richly deserves. He seemed like a wonderful, caring doctor. Here is another snip of a story from one of Dr. Tiller's patients. He was her GYN and helped her with breast cancer, helped her mother, and so forth.
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OMG I would have loved a clothing-optional dorm! Where did you go?
Toggle Commented May 18, 2009 on Should Moms Pose Nude? at 50-something Moms Blog
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