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What does our attention span mean?

Trying to focus on a task involves attention control – the ability to maintain focus on something over a period of time. What exactly is an attention span? Does it relate to intelligence? Can it change?
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift. Siegfried Modola/Reuters

Mind your language: talking about children with disabilities

Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.
Your brain scan told me your mind would wander. Boy image via www.shutterstuck.com

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

Particular parts of an individual's brain tend to work together on certain tasks. Researchers can look at these patterns of "functional connectivity" to predict traits – like the ability to pay attention.
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Feeling anxious makes it harder to stop feeling anxious

Anxious people tend to perceive their world in a more threatening way. That is, the more anxious a person is, the more likely they are to notice threatening things around them. This is called the threat…
Do I really have to take these? Child with pills. djedzura/Shutterstock

Problem behaviour in children is not always a mental disorder

Children are increasingly being given drugs by doctors to help teachers and parents cope with their troublesome behaviour. Certain behaviours or actions by children, such as not sitting still, are being…
Are kids being chemically quelled in order to fit into modern schools and workplaces? Flickr: Mindaugas Danys

It’s not a crime to have ADHD

Every few months, the same question about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is posed in the media - is it real? The latest example comes from leading American neuroscientist, Dr Bruce Perry…
Parents often know best how to help their kids overcome barriers to learning. Olesia Bilkei/Shutterstock. Cognitive development photo

Changes to special needs education may shut out parents

How schools should support students with special educational needs and disabilities is a controversial area of research. Debates continue over whether certain conditions exist or not, or if they are “over…
We shouldn’t need to keep spelling it out. Thinglass ADHD image via Shutterstock

ADHD is real and saying otherwise is damaging

The Observer recently ran an interview with US expert Bruce D Perry who claimed that children’s hyperactivity “is not a real disease”. Perry, senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas…

Childhood abuse linked to adult ADHD

Children who are abused are more likely to suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit…
Some chemicals are still used in industrial products or are found in the environment. Solovyova Lyudmyla/Flickr

Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what…
The series is an excellent demonstration of real-world challenges facing families and practitioners. ABC TV Publicity

ABC TV’s ‘Kids on Speed?’ shows drugs are not the answer

The new three-part documentary starting on ABC1 at 8:30 tonight, “Kids on Speed?” is timely given attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is attracting controversy because of growing evidence it’s overdiagnosed…
Are these medications being used to treat genuine illnesses? It’s difficult to tell. Image from shutterstock.com

Athletes need performance-enhancing drugs to treat illness

Ever wondered how many athletes are legally allowed to take “performance-enhancing drugs”? You read correctly - many elite athletes are given official permission to use drugs that are otherwise banned…

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