Each year that teen boys use marijuana weekly, their subclinical psychotic symptoms rose by 21%. The increase was greatest for paranoia. Adolescent boys are at increased risk of persistent subclinical levels of psychotic symptoms. This can include paranoia and hallucinations even after stopping. The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center did this study. As marijuana becomes legalized, the understanding should be that it is still a drug and not for developing brains. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867436
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
One in nine complaints to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education is related to students with ADHD. The OCR found that school districts were not properly evaluating students and also not offering the services required for students to succeed. The OCR has written a letter to provide guidance to schools on the Federal Obligations they must meet. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201607-504-adhd.pdf
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wright’s Law website http://www.wrightslaw.com is the place to go if you want to know more about special education. I was lucky enough that a parent sent me this website and I’ve been a fan ever since. The classes in special education that I took in college gave me the foundation, but this website keeps me up to date so that I can continue to build a deeper knowledge structure!
Friday, August 12, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
More children between the ages of two and five can play computer games than can tie their shoes or ride a bike. Relying on video games to soothe a fussy child has negative impact and can contribute to decreased ability to self regulate and a host of other issues. Read more here- http://recoverycampus.com/digital-overload/
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Power is given to us!The ability of the powerful to be leaders and create change is based on the willingness of others to have trust in them. Power is given, not taken! Power is most long lasting when it is focused on benevolent behavior for the good.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
“The sin of the early 21st century is being nonproductive. We’re conditioned by our culture to equate value with productivity.” So states, John F. Christensen, PhD. Here are 8 research-based strategies for better balance recommended for psychologists. 1. Practice mindfulness, 2. Look for silver linings. 3. Draw from positive psychology. 4. Take advantage of social support. 5. Seek out good supervisors. 6. Get moving. 7. Go outside. 8. Make your life meaningful. Good advice for everyone! Read the full article here, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/07-08/cover-balance.aspx