Saturday, December 14, 2013


One of my friends, even though now retired, is still serving her students well. Check this out!


 "Sheila McNulty is a retired Chicago Public School teacher with a Masters in Reading. The one thing Sheila has missed is reading to her students. So, Shiela decided to create an internet reading program. The format will include fun poems, fiction and non-fiction, chapter books, and ending the hour with riddles. From time to time, there will be special guests dropping by. Anyone who has a book request may contact the station at and Sheila will be happy to read them. 


Do you have tired eyes?

My Canadian colleagues did a wonderful job with this, eh!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Importance of Relative Standards in ADHD Diagnoses: Evidence Based on Exact Birth Dates

The Importance of Relative Standards in ADHD Diagnoses: Evidence Based on Exact Birth Dates

.....This paper presents evidence that diagnoses of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are driven largely by subjective comparisons across children in the same grade in school. Roughly 8.4 percent of children born in the month prior to their state’s cutoff date for kindergarten eligibility – who typically become the youngest and most developmentally immature children within a grade – are diagnosed with ADHD, compared to 5.1 percent of children born in the month immediately afterward. A child’s birth date relative to the eligibility cutoff also strongly influences teachers’ assessments of whether the child exhibits ADHD symptoms but is only weakly associated with similarly measured parental assessments, suggesting that many diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a classroom. These perceptions have long-lasting consequences: the youngest children in fifth and eighth grades are nearly twice as likely as their older classmates to regularly use stimulants prescribed to treat ADHD.....

Comments: Another reason to be suspicious of patients with a diagnosis of ADHD! No where does this article state that binocular vision problems can create ADHD-like symptoms. All children diagnosed with ADHD should have a full comprehensive eye and functional vision examination. All should have an objective assessment of behavior using tools like the TOVA (Test of Variables Attention). DM

Monday, December 9, 2013

What Is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Diagnosis and Treatment

What Is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Diagnosis and Treatment

.....Amblyopia, sometimes called “lazy eye,” is reduced vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. A person with amblyopia may have poor depth perception or blurred vision in one or both eyes. With between 2 percent and 4 percent of the population diagnosed with amblyopia, it is the most frequent cause of visual impairment in children......

Comments: Remember...amblyopia can be treated at any age.  For more information about amblyopia click here. DM