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May 22, 2013

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Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD
French children don't need medications to control their behavior.

By Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.
Psychology Today

school kidsIn the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD - which has become firmly established in the United States - has almost completely passed over children in France?

Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the United States. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biologicalpsycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. Read the Story

French child psychiatrists don't use the same system of classification of childhood emotional problems as American psychiatrists. They do not use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM....The French holistic, psycho-social approach also allows for considering nutritional causes for ADHD-type symptoms - specifically the fact that the behavior of some children is worsened after eating foods with artificial colors, certain preservatives, and/or allergens.

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Tech company looks to hire those with autism, Asperger's

By Alan Wang
ABC7, San Francisco News

abc7SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The software company SAP says its commitment to diversity now includes people with autism. ABC7 News looked into why SAP has a new recruitment plan.

Trying to find a mistake in software programs takes a special skill, and that's why SAP, a global software company, wants to hire hundreds of people with autism or Asperger's syndrome.

Jesse Saperstein is a motivational speaker with a form of autism who helps other people understand his world. Read the Story

"It's an opportunity for us to work with a different group of people and use those particular skills that they have to make our organization stronger.

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How students with Asperger's cope at university
Students with autism may struggle socially but, with the right support, many excel in their chosen fields

asperger universityWhat's the stereotype most people have ofstudents? We're seen as boisterous party animals - socialising, drinking and flirting at every opportunity. Our degrees come second to the buzzing social scene that accompanies our first experience of freedom. But that's not the case for students with Asperger's syndrome.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) informs us that Asperger's is "a form of autism that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people". People with the condition struggle with social interaction. Things we take for granted, such as being able to read body language or empathise with others, are difficult for them. Read the Story

Nowadays, universities generally offer good support systems to assist with the transition to an independent lifestyle that being a student demands. "They offer me 10 hours of assistance per week, a computer, budgets for supplies like books and two hour-long one-to-ones per week with a lady who helps me with my essays and acts as an arbiter between student and tutor," says Matthew.

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USAAA 2013 World Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15-18


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These are some of the 30+ experts who have the solutions: Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished adults with autism in the world; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor who is on the cutting edge of autism research; Tim Page, DFA, a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor, who is grateful to have a diagnosis; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, a world renowned lecturer who overcame his autism challenges and is now a professor of special education; Phillip C. DeMio, MD, a father and a nationally recognized expert physician who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Elaine Hall, a mother who is making miracles for children, teenagers, and adults.



On August 15 - 18, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 2013 Annual World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and Convention Center. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After three days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

Our speakers and panelists include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental specialists, psychologists, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, siblings, teachers, self advocates, parents, education consultants, plus more. USAAA features World Premiere presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will keynote the opening session on Friday morning, August 16 and there will be an exclusive special "One on One" with Temple. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's fascinating life was brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, Temple Grandin, which received seven Emmy awards in 2010. Dr. Grandin works as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Continuing education will be offered throughout the conference.

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In this issue:

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

Tech company looks to hire those with autism, Asperger's

How students with Asperger's cope at university

The Autism Event That Will Change Your Life. Forever.

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