Hybrid Learning Is (Still) Disorienting. How to Help Ground a Student with ADHD.

Published by: ADDitude

The 2020-2021 school year began on Zoom and Google Classroom for most U.S. students. Then it eased into (and out of) hybrid for many. And now re-entry plans are underway nationwide, with snags and virtual days aplenty.

As parents, we are drained and overwhelmed by the constant change — not to mention our kids’ struggles keeping up with assignments, tests, and projects. We see the low level of motivation, the high level of distractibility, and the increased demands on remote learners who are expected to monitor their assignments and lessons via multiple portals while simultaneously remembering to upload assignments and to actually click “Turn In Assignment.” For children with executive function challenges, these extra steps and the independent organization required to execute them regularly are messy — if not untenable. Click here to read the rest of the story.

What Does High-Functioning Adult ADHD Look Like?

Published by: WebMD
Written by: Stephanie Booth

Growing up, Dusti Arab of Portland, OR, was a gifted student who did well in school. But as an adult, “I would hit a snag in a project and be completely unable to move forward,” she says. “I’d throw myself into one thing after another, trying to find a magic solution that would keep me focused, but nothing stuck for long.”In 2020, some memes about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) caught Arab’s eye. Although it had never crossed her mind that she could have it, Arab went to see a doctor.

When she was diagnosed with ADHD, Arab felt a sense of relief. “It was like the clouds parted and the sun came out. It wasn’t all in my head — and it wasn’t just me,” she says.

ADHD in kids gets talked about a lot. But adults can have it, too. When you have only mild symptoms, or you have more severe symptoms that you manage well, you have what’s called “high-functioning” ADHD.

Signs of Adult ADHD

ADHD is often first spotted in childhood. Many kids who have it find it hard to sit still and focus. They may act on impulse without thinking things through.

In grown-ups, it can be different. Click here to read the rest of the story.

How the Workplace is Changing for Adults with Autism

Published by: KHOU. 11
Written by: Chloe Alexander

More and more high-profile companies are discovering an untapped workforce — adults on the autism spectrum.

Let’s connect the dots.

Recently, a young man in Virginia went viral after he posted a letter on LinkedIn telling potential employees not only about his autism but the skills he could bring to the workplace. And it turns out many big-name employers like IBM and Ernst and Young agree, seeing neurodiversity as a way to help their bottom line.

Ernst and Young, a global accounting powerhouse, has changed the interview process for applicants with autism. Moving from a one-on-one interview that could be tough for someone who struggles to interpret social cues to a series of problem-solving challenges.

IBM has a program called Neurodiversity that recruits autistic adults. Those employees work in everything from software development to cybersecurity to testing.

Employees in the program have earned patents for the work they have done. Recently 60 minutes found 30 large companies, including Microsoft and Ford, that were actively recruiting autistic employees. Click here to read the rest of the story

Why are researchers missing signs of autism in girls?

Published by: The World
Host: Todd Zwillich

One in every 68 children born in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Boys are supposedly four times more likely to have the condition, but clinicians often miss or overlook symptoms in girls, who are frequently on the less disabling end of the spectrum.

Since the disorder seems to appear more often in male subjects, the criteria for diagnosing the disorder is almost entirely developed from the study of boys. But a group of researchers recently launched a major study of autism in women and girls.

Emily Brooks was diagnosed on the spectrum as an adult. As a person who identifies as queer and non-binary, she fears that studying girls and boys separately not only ignores gender diversity, but perpetuates gender stereotypes.

“There’s been a myth that autism only exists in boys, or that it’s biologically more common for boys and men to be autistic than girls and women,” Brooks says. “Some of the larger organizations kind of perpetuate this myth by having [campaigns] like ‘Light it Up Blue,’ with blue representing four times more boys than girls being on the spectrum. I think as a culture we just kind of got caught in the idea that being autistic is a male thing, when really, it’s just another way of being human.”

Brooks, a graduate student in disability studies at the City University of New York and a journalist who writes about gender, sex, and autism, has experienced this gender bias first hand.

“Somebody told me about this research study for adults on the autism spectrum and asked me if I wanted to participate,” she says. “When I looked into it, they said it was only for men — they say that they have fewer women [on the autism spectrum], so they want it to be statistically significant.” Click here to read the rest of the story.

Why Recognizing Dyslexia In Children At School Can Be Difficult

Published by: KQED
Written by: Holly Korbey

When Anna and Chris Thorsen of Nashville sat down for the first parent-teacher conference of their daughter Clara’s second-grade year, they weren’t surprised to hear that Clara was having trouble telling time. Her teacher also said that Clara seemed to learn something one day, then forget it the next; her writing was poor and slanted upward, no matter how hard she tried.

“My husband starts to smile and reaches over and pets my arm, because in that moment, we both know Clara has dyslexia. There’s no question,” said Anna Thorsen.

Thorsen knows something about dyslexia herself, having struggled through school, and having been diagnosed with it at age 27. “It was almost like her teacher was ticking through a dyslexia checklist and didn’t know it.”

In many children with dyslexia, a neurobiological condition in which the brain fails to read words or letters, a lack of swift and intensive intervention can result in reading failure as well as psychological difficulties for the child. When the Thorsens came home from the conference, they decided to get Clara tested immediately and then decide the next steps. Click here to read the rest of the story. Click here to read the rest of the story.