Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder often diagnosed in children that can continue into adulthood. Diagnostic criteria for ADHD are outlined by the American Psychiatric Association. Like the name of the disorder says, people with ADHD generally have trouble paying attention for extended periods of time and can become hyperactive. People with ADHD might have trouble listening, following instructions, organizing tasks and items, … Continue reading Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

Do K-12 Students Unlearn Material Over Summer Break?

Parents want their children to excel academically, which is why they could worry that summer break — a time in which many students sleep in, vacation, play video games, or lounge around the pool instead of studying — could cause kids to backslide and forget what they learned during the school year. Those parents might be on to something. The phenomenon of students unlearning academic … Continue reading Do K-12 Students Unlearn Material Over Summer Break?

What’s the Right Way to Feed Your Baby?

The debate rages on about breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. While some are adamant that breastfeeding is the best and only way, there’s something to be said about the toxic nature of the current conversation. The focus on breastfeeding as a superior feeding method is also exclusionary. While research shows that breastfeeding has unarguable benefits for baby and mother, the debate lacks a particular nuance. There’s … Continue reading What’s the Right Way to Feed Your Baby?

How Children Process and Express Grief

One out of every 20 children ages 15 and younger faces the death of a parent, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. Other studies estimate that between 20 percent and 90 percent of children and teens deal with the death of someone close to them, such as a sibling, grandparent, other family member, friend, or classmate According to … Continue reading How Children Process and Express Grief

Preparing for a Safe Summer

Valdosta YMCA swim programs offer a mix of fun, physical activity and safety to create a lifelong love of swimming! Drowning Is Preventable. As the season turns from spring to summer, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA encourages children and parents in Valdosta to explore the many benefits of swimming while also keeping safety in mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance … Continue reading Preparing for a Safe Summer