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Kids Discuss “I Have a Dream” – Martin Luther King Jr

#HatchKids review Martin Luther King, Jr’s, “I Have a Dream” speech and offer their hopes for the future.

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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior may mirror the effects of adversity, and many doctors don’t know how—or don’t have time—to tell the difference.

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When speaking to traumatized children inappropriately diagnosed with ADHD, Dr. Heather Forkey, a pediatrician at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, offers them a reassuring explanation of their behavior. The body’s stress system, she says, developed long ago in response to life-or-death threats like a predatory tiger. The part of the brain that controls impulses, for example, shuts off so that survival instincts can prevail.

“What does that look like when you put that kid in a classroom?” Forkey asks. “When people don’t understand there’s been a tiger in your life, it looks a lot like ADHD to them.”

Forkey’s goal is to remind doctors that inattentive and hyperactive behavior can be traced back to any number of conditions—just like chest pains don’t have the same origin in every patient. Ideally, the AAP will offer pediatricians recommendations for screening tools that efficiently gauge adversity in a child’s life. That practice, she says, should come before any diagnosis of ADHD.

While there are few recommendations now for clinicians, that will likely change in the coming years. The American Academy of Pediatrics is currently developing new guidance on ADHD that will include a section on assessing trauma in patients, though it won’t be completed until 2016.

Excerpt from: The Atlantic article – “How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD”

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/how-childhood-trauma-could-be-mistaken-for-adhd/373328/

Fall Festival with Cajun Flair and Hula-Hoops

Come hula-hoop with me at Romare Bearden Park this Saturday at 1pm! Tons of fun for everyone! Cara Zara
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Lifelong Impacts of Childhood Trauma

Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide.

The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.

According to Child Help every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death for children 15-24 and 3rd leading cause of death for children 10-14. 

You and I have the power and the responsibility to help our nation’s children and hopefully end these frightening statistics.

Learn more at:

http://mentalhealthchannel.tv/show/big-thinkers-on-mental-health

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leadingcauses.html

https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/

http://www.davidsonlifeline.org/

[Transcript – What we found in the ACE study involving seventeen and a half thousand middle-class adults was that life experiences in childhood that are lost in time and then further protected by shame and by secrecy and by social taboos against inquiry into certain realms of human experience—that those life experiences play out powerfully and proportionately a half century later, in terms of emotional state, in terms of biomedical disease, in terms of life expectancy… ] Read Full Transcript Here: (http://goo.gl/F7vNgV).

Where in the world is Cara Zara?

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Where in the world is Cara Zara? Two quick videos answer that and I’m looking forward to sharing when the time comes… 🙂

 “Ideas are scary, messy, and fragile, but under the proper care, they become something beautiful.” I enjoy the GE commercial’s message that ideas that are nurtured and brought to life through innovations that make the world better.

And in this TED Talks video the idea that telling someone your goals makes them less likely to happen. After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.