Stories about: David Urion

Ask the Expert: Is my child’s language development on track? 10 things to consider

African american toddler on phone-shutterstock_272996918It’s normal for children to acquire speech and language at different rates — just as they learn to walk at different rates. But if you feel your child is having more trouble communicating than she should, don’t ignore your concerns. Early understanding and expression of language can affect other parts of your child’s development such as play skills, social interaction and the ability to self-regulate.

When should you request an evaluation? Drs. Carol Wilkinson, of Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine, and David Urion, of the Department of Neurology, offer their advice and 10 tips on things to watch for.

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Is ADHD on the rise? What the numbers really mean

by David Urion, MD, director of the Learning Disabilities/Behavioral Neurology Program at  Children’s Hospital Boston

A recent study showed that one out of every ten children in this country is currently diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

That’s an astonishing number.

The study, done by the National Institutes of Health, also showed that the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has been on the rise steadily since the mid-1980s, and that the number of children being treated with stimulant medication (such as Ritalin or Adderall) has been increasing over this same period.

We could discuss whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, and you could pick your favorite social evil to explain this apparent rise in ADHD. We could point to how sound bites have replaced intelligent discussion on TV.  Or blame MTV, or ESPN’s plays of the week. Or all the technology that we grownups can’t use, but our offspring can. (In my case, that gives me a large number of choices). We can complain that the vast amount of information with which we are bombarded every day has made us all incapable of just sitting and listening. We can all be cranky about something, and say that is the cause of this increase in ADHD.

But in doing that, we might miss some very important pieces of information in this report.

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