Idud: A successful approach to ADHD | health

Idud: A successful approach to ADHD | health.

A new national training program stresses encouragement and positive optimism for Jewish and Arab children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Thanks to an educational program initiated by an American immigrant, the outlook is brighter for scores of Jewish and Arab Israeli children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common neurological condition causing inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Idud (Encouragement) began as a pilot project in one religious and three secular elementary schools, says its founder, clinical psychologist and educator Stuart (Simcha) Chesner.

Please click onto the link to read how one man’s determination has opened the window to awareness and treatment for students with ADHD.

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Study: Thousands of Israeli kids incorrectly prescribed Ritalin – Haaretz – Israel News

Study: Thousands of Israeli kids incorrectly prescribed Ritalin – Haaretz – Israel News.

Read the article by Dan Even, Ha’aretz March 10, 2010

Thousands of Israeli children are prescribed Ritalin for attention disorders, but actually have undiagnosed psychological problems that necessitate different treatment, according to a study released this month.


Disconnect Between Brain Regions in ADHD – from UC Davis News

I just found this article:

Disconnect Between Brain Regions in ADHD

January 11, 2010

Two brain areas fail to connect when children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder attempt a task that measures attention, according to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute.

This research provides the first direct evidence that brain connectivity is missing in people with ADHD. “This is the first time that we have direct evidence that this connectivity is missing in ADHD,” said Ali Mazaheri, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain. Mazaheri and his colleagues made the discovery by analyzing the brain activity in children with ADHD. The paper appears in the current online issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Go here to read the article. (With thanks to ADDitude Magazine for the link)

The Fonz Speaks Up About Dyslexia and Special Education | ADDitude – Attention Deficit News

This article is about Henry Winkler as advocate for Special Ed. He’s the author of  children’s books, in which the character, Hank Zipzer,  deals with special ed needs.

The actor who played “the Fonz” in 70s TV show Happy Days is fronting a new initiative designed to boost the confidence of children with special educational needs (SEN).

via The Fonz Speaks Up About Dyslexia and Special Education | ADDitude – Attention Deficit News.

New School Year! Building new school

  • One unified High School is being built in the Eshkol Region. The new structures will be fortified, secure and allow a safe learning environment for about 1,000 students and staff.
  • The new campus is being built on the grounds of Ma’ale Habsor, which is situated near the Municpal Buildings, the Central Bus Station, and the Eshkol Cultural Auditorium.
  • We are also near the Music Studio, the Gymnasium, and the Psychological Centre offering therapies, clincial psychology sessions and other means of support.
  • Ma’ale Habsor is opening the schoolyear with the cornerstone ceremony on August 31/08. At the moment, a large portion of the school is fenced off, viewable only from certain angles.
From the window of Grade 10

From the window of Grade 10

Where the Art studios stood, there is intense building of one of many new complexes.

One of the new complexes

One of the new complexes

 

  • This year while Ma’ale Habsor and Habsor Comprehensive High Schools are working on the unification process (due to be completed in 2009), what’s going on? Construction of the new campus is fully underway.  How does that affect the coming schoolyear?

         The blog will take a look at teacher preparation, classroom adjustments, location of High School subjects such as: Art, Physics, Communication, Fashion Design and more, and first impressions after the summer vacation

  • A closer look at students with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), an umbrella term for a number of syndromes, and the growing need for all teachers to keep up with latest information.

Please continue to check in.

Thanks and hope your summer break was restful and enriching. May the new year bring new energies.

Judih