Thursday, April 7, 2016
Kids with ADHD Need Peer Support
Here is a great article that says we need to build support communities of care to make sure children grow and learn. However, communities of care are especially critical for kids with special needs. There needs to be intentional support communities at school and home. Collaboration between parents and teachers is one of the very best ways to make sure our children learn and grow.
The article by Dr. Rabiner gives strong support for this notion.
I hope that you are doing well.
This issue of Attention Research Update employs a risk factor and protective factor approach to examining how ADHD impacts academic outcomes during middle school. Specifically, the authors are interested in whether better peer relations are a 'protective factor' that enable some youth with ADHD to avoid the risk that ADHD typically confers on academic achievement. The value of this approach is that it both provides a more nuanced understanding of how ADHD affects development as well as having the potential to inform interventions that can lead to more positive developmental outcomes.
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I hope you enjoy today's issue.
David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience
Durham, NC 27708
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