Social communication disorder: A risk factor for social anxiety disorder in children

Social communication disorder: A risk factor for social anxiety disorder in children

Social communication disorder (SCD) is a relatively new medical condition added to the fifth edition of the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) that encompasses a range of problems witnessed in children associated with difficulties in social interactions and communication, social cognition (the way people collect and interpret information), pragmatics (the way words can have multiple connotation), etc. It also includes impairment in the receptive and expressive language processing. Read more

Extended test timing does not help students with ADHD, finds study

Extended test timing does not help students with ADHD, finds study

Many medical experts advocate the need to provide test accommodations, such as extending test timing and offering frequent breaks, for the children affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recent studies done on them, however, suggest that the extra time offered to the ADHD students in tests may not be very effective in improving their performance or test taking skills.

According to a study, published in Learning Disabilities-A Multidisciplinary Journal, both extended testing time timing or frequent breaks did not help much the students with ADHD in performing better on a standardized test compared to others. One potential reason identified by the researchers could be that the ADHD-affected students lack the understanding of how to effectively utilize such accommodations. Read more

World Mental Health Day: ADHD is more than a childhood disorder

World Mental Health Day: ADHD is more than a childhood disorder

Often habits and behavior patterns acquired in childhood are a precursor to behavioral problems in adults. While some habits go away with time, certain behaviors tend to stay. This could also prove to be true for some physical and mental disorders, one of them being attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more