Seen in The Daily Mail on 28 June 2013:
By Emma Innes
PUBLISHED in The Daily Mail: 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 2 July 2013
Ritalin, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD, could provide a novel way of treating cocaine addiction.
A single dose of the drug can modify the connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie self-control and cravings in cocaine addicts, new research has found.
Previous research has shown that Ritalin improves brain function in cocaine users, making them better able to perform some cognitive tasks.
A single dose of Ritalin can modify the connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie self-control...
I work extensively with teachers and support staff to bring about changes in approaches for learners with ADHD. It's inspiring to see so much good practice, particularly when there's a willingness to share.
Here are some interesting strategies for managing behaviour issues, collated from a recent training event. The behaviours are consistent with ADHD and some really good ideas were offered:
Behaviour: Angry with him/herself – fluctuating emotions
I meet teachers in FE who bemoan the lack of instant ‘disciplinary’ processes such as detention or temporary exclusion.
In college, while it’s important that students toe the line behaviourally (after all, it’s what we expect in society is it not?) I believe it’s also essential to use all other options available before getting down and dirty with the punishment.
Why do I think this? By the time a person reaches 16 and enters college, and if their conduct is not quite the ticket, they will have been punished many times already. Did it work? Probably not. So the classroom-hater on your course is not going to change unless they have a different experience.
Sometimes if a student is hard to teach, is playing the fool, shouting out, refusing to work, the emotion which rises in me is “HOW DARE YOU”. But should it pierce the surface and explode in front of...
Questions taken from a training day, these were specifically discussed during an activity and solutions from each group were offered.
Are late to class with a grand entrance?
Talk over each other and me
If you want to create change in others, it's important to recognise how to go about it. I recall a student who, after repeated requests, refused to comply with an instruction. His simple answer was "if you want a different answer, you need to ask a different question". Now while that might seem rude and (for some) unacceptable, at least he was giving his teacher an opportunity to gain an outcome which didn't prolong the confrontation. Is that the solution?
I know some of you will roll your eyes to the ceiling and set your pencil alight with the heat of your fury. But what are these games that we play with our hard-to-teach students at college? Here's a script plus the subliminal message:
Teacher "I knew you'd forget your pen/boots/manners (I'm the winner)."
Student "I didn't forget it, I didn't think I'd need it today (No, you're...