Environmental Tweaking Over Artificial Remedies!

The fact that millions of schoolchildren require vision remedies on a daily basis so they can more readily assimilate into the culture of public schooling does not mean that these children are damaged. It means something is very wrong with the whole idea of shooling!

Some are better at seeing things up close, some see things better afar, but that does not mean that anybody can feel at liberty to try to remedy their vision with unnatural appendages to their faces.

My perspective is one of a parent of an elementary school aged child. There is now an inordinate amount of time spent sitting and testing of these children and it seems to worsen every year. The high stakes tests are now tied to teacher performance and most importantly their pay raises. This has led to rampant (mis)diagnosis of nearsightedness and farsightedness of very young children by people that are far from qualified in making this call. My child was “diagnosed” by a new principal after a five minute classroom observation. The classroom had a substitute teacher that day and the child was squinting and grimacing. The principal called me at home to tell me the child needs to be remedied in order to perform well in school.

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Positive Disintegration

Positive Disintegration

This process I am going through can probably be called a Disintegration, and I sure hope that hindsight will reveal it as the kind of Positive Disintegration that Kazimierz Dabrowski created his theory about, and not just a part of a downward spiral without a happy ending!

The process definitely involves many of the overexcitabilities he describes, and even though I work hard to keep it together most of the time, a part of me always feels as if there is no ground underneath my feet.


Emotional Overexcitability
Being emotionally overexcitable quickly gets quite exhausting. People going through life without this peculiarity also experience exhausting emotions, of course, especially when living through heartbreak or grief, as we all do from time to time. But ever since I was a small child, I have picked up on many signals that my way of experiencing (or perhaps I ought to say my way of expressing) emotions was abnormal and unattractive. Other people just did not want to be loved that intensely, scrutinized to such a degree, or be around someone who deflated like a punctured balloon for every minor disappointment. I can relate to that, I find such displays of emotions in other people taxing, too, even when that other person is the one I am charged with guiding through life; my mini-me. Continue reading

Differential Brain Development with Low and High IQ in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

I still have to read it all, but it sure looks interesting.

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NCBI: Differential Brain Development with Low and High IQ in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Grainne M. McAlonan, Editor

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and intelligence (IQ) are both heritable phenotypes. Overlapping genetic effects have been suggested to influence both, with neuroimaging work suggesting similar overlap in terms of morphometric properties of the brain. Together, this evidence suggests that the brain changes characteristic of ADHD may vary as a function of IQ. This study investigated this hypothesis in a sample of 108 children with ADHD and 106 typically developing controls, who participated in a cross-sectional anatomical MRI study.

A subgroup of 64 children also participated in a diffusion tensor imaging scan. Brain volumes, local cortical thickness and average cerebral white matter microstructure were analyzed in relation to diagnostic group and IQ. Dimensional analyses investigated possible group differences in the relationship between anatomical measures and IQ. Second, the groups were split into above and below…

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Gode råd er ikke alltid gode råd.

~Trollmors tanker~

I mine år som kronisk syk er det en ting som har vært vanskelig å forholde seg til. Alle disse som mener at de er kvalifisert til å gi råd om hva jeg skal gjøre eller ikke gjøre for å bli frisk. Og som mener at akkurat deres råd er det beste. Selv om de aldri har vært i min situasjon har de hørt, eller lest om noen som ble frisk ved en eller annen udokumentert behandling.

Slike historier oppleves som en stor belastning. Fordi jeg i mange år lette etter en kur. Jeg har brukt tid, energi og mye penger. Blant annet på healing, kosttilskudd, naturmedisin, ulike treningsformer osv.

Noe av dette har jeg funnet fram til selv, noe har blitt presentert for meg av andre, og jeg har latt meg overtale. Når du er desperat etter å bli frisk vil du prøve alt du kan, ikke sant?


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The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

sometimes being gifted effectively hides learning and mental health conditions. Giftedness may over-compensate for weaknesses, masking the weakness and sometimes the giftedness. Despite the seriousness of misdiagnosis, physicians are exposed to an alarmingly few articles in the pediatric medical literature about the complexities of giftedness, while many parents also hesitate in discussing giftedness with their doctors, some with the belief that giftedness plays no role in medical health.

Dr. James T. Webb, clinical psychologist, author, and founder of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), stated, “Unfortunately, extremely few psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, or other health care professionals receive any training about characteristics of gifted children and adults, particularly behaviors of bright, creative persons that can sometimes resemble or conceal disorders.”

So, while some gifted kids are erroneously labeled and medicated for mental health disorders they do not have, others are unrecognized for learning or mental disorders they do have.

Normal giftedness can be easily confused with a diagnosable mental disorder. Gifted kids may talk a lot, have high levels of energy, and be impulsive or inattentive or distractible in some settings — similar to symptoms of ADHD. It’s not unusual for gifted kids to struggle socially, have meltdowns over minor issues, or have unusual all-consuming interests — all pointing to an inappropriate diagnosis of autism.

What results is that the gifted frequently feel alone and alien in a world that doesn’t fully understand them.”

The cost of compliance is unreasonable

“Children with autism are being taught to function in the world by learning to pretend to behave like neurotypical people.”

That goes for many other atypical behaviours, too, including thinking too fast/deep/far.

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IMG_4457Today I sat in my dentist’s reception area waiting for my appointment.  This time my panic had nothing to do with my fear of all things dentist.

I had just read this blog entry

It is certainly not for the faint of heart.  My husband wept after reading it.

This woman articulated so many of my feelings about Evie’s autism–giving them credibility and reason coming from a woman who has autism.

Last year at school, Evie was “flopping” often.  Flopping meaning sinking to the floor.  Some of her special educators felt like it was a behavior and by allowing it to continue, they would be reinforcing the behavior.  I felt like maybe it was a behavior sometimes.  Maybe it was a function of her motor planning/neurological disorders.  We went back and forth about it.

Me stating that she needs time to process before acting physically.  Give her some time…

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A kinder, gentler dopamine… highlighting dopamine’s role in behavioral flexibility

A kinder, gentler dopamine… highlighting dopamine’s role in behavioral flexibility

Now this is what I call interesting!

At least when I’ve taken enough Ritalin to stick with it until read…

The trouble with “overdiagnosis” rhetoric


There’s a common sentiment — one I shared before I knew anything about autism — that kids today get too many labels. How can such a huge percentage of kids have autism, ADHD, and so forth? Here’s today’s example article at Salon.

I’ve come to believe that there’s a real concern behind this sentiment, but it accepts too much of the status quo. The problem is not that we’re putting people on the wrong side of the line; the problem is that our bureaucracies insist on drawing a bright line where there isn’t one… and that people are so afraid of autism when they need not be.

If we look at real humans in all their dimensional richness, then we can estimate that they are at 10th or 90th or 99th percentile on “autistic traits,” as observed on some measure such as the ADOS. These tests (not 100% successfully)…

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