Articles of interest

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental condition, present from early childhood, which affects how a person relates to others. People with autism have great difficulty communicating and forming relationships. It affects around 1% of the population, and is commoner in boys than in...

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ADHD: Is there an epidemic?

Day after day in practice, concerned parents ask me why ADHD has suddenly become so prevalent. 'Better recognition' has been my standard response. But I am no longer satisfied with this reply, and nor are these parents. Let's examine this question in more detail....

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Childhood depression

Took part in a radio interview on SAFM this morning on childhood depression. This is the audio link for those who are interested:   http://iono.fm/channel/1337 (scroll down to 27 August)...

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Help! My child is underachieving!

This is a very common refrain from parents and teachers alike. But what does it mean exactly, what are the causes, and what can be done about it? We all want to believe the best for our children, academically and in every other sphere. It is natural for parents to...

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David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

Just finished Malcolm Gladwell's latest offering, 'David and Goliath.' I was particularly inspired by his chapter on 'Desirable Difficulties,' including conditions such as Dyslexia (and probably ADHD). What we assume to be disadvantages very often have a silver...

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Bullying and resilience in children

The recent upsurge in media reports of school bullying has prompted parents and professionals to explore the factors which protect children against the consequences of this scourge. There will always be bullies, so how do we ‘immunise’ our children against them? This...

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Ritalin and sudden death

Several concerned parents have recently drawn my attention to this death certificate which is currently doing the rounds, accompanied by the comment: "As promised for a long time now, this is the official copy of my son, Matthew's, autopsy report. Please note the...

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