What Teenagers Learn When They Start a Business

June 3rd, 2019 - By jen in Teens

For teenage entre­pre­neurs, running a summer busi­ness can teach a lot of lessons. Students, of course, are taking a chance when they launch ventures of their own instead of hunting for jobs, whether for the summer or the whole year. And in doing so, they’re in for a crash course in entre­pre­neur­ship. They must learn about dealing with customer complaints, adjusting a flawed busi­ness model … Continue reading

Falling for Sleep

February 6th, 2019 - By jen in Sleep, Uncategorized

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numi­nous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. The painting and the Greek gods it captures depict a radi­cally different way of under­standing and relating to sleep. In antiq­uity sleep was person­i­fied, tran­scen­dent, even romantic. Read full article: aeon — Pocket, “Falling for Sleep.”

Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

December 16th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

Many Amer­ican teenagers try to put in a full day of school, home­work, after-school activ­i­ties, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep depri­va­tion puts teens at risk for phys­ical and mental health prob­lems, there is increasing pres­sure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. Read full article, npr​.org, “Sleep­less No More In Seattle … Continue reading

How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

November 9th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Most people know they need to eat right and exer­cise to be healthy. But what about sleep? We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essen­tial to better health. But many of us are strug­gling with sleep. Four out of five people say that they suffer from sleep prob­lems at least once a week and wake up feeling exhausted. So how do … Continue reading

THE EDUCATIONAL TYRANNY OF THE NEUROTYPICALS

October 16th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Uncategorized

Neurotyp­ical” is a term used by the autism commu­nity to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 chil­dren, and one in 34 boys, are on the autism spectrum—in other words, neuroatyp­ical. That’s 3 percent of the male popu­la­tion. If you add ADHD—attention deficit hyper­ac­tivity disorder—and dyslexia, roughly one out of four people are not “neurotyp­i­cals.” … Continue reading

Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help

September 24th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep, Teens

The average Amer­ican teenager gets seven hours of sleep a night, wedging it in between home­work, outside activ­i­ties, dinner and maybe a job. But research suggests teens need more like nine hours…Unfortunately, even their bodies work against them, says Mary Carskadon, a long­time sleep researcher and professor of psychi­atry and human behavior at Brown Univer­sity. As chil­dren grow into the middle and teen years, they … Continue reading

Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say

August 27th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

A new study has alarming find­ings, but is prob­ably not surprising to anyone who knows a teenager: High-schoolers today are texting, scrolling and using social media instead of reading books and magazines…In their free time, Amer­ican adoles­cents are cradling their devices hours each day rather than losing them­selves in print or long-form media, according to research published Monday by the Amer­ican Psycho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion. Read full … Continue reading

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

July 30th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Sleep apnea can be down­right deadly, and not just for those who have it. It’s asso­ci­ated with a greater risk of depres­sion, heart attacks, strokes and other cardio­vas­cular condi­tions, as well as insulin resis­tance. As I learned, there’s no reason to meekly accept sleep apnea: There are many treat­ment options that can control it. Read full article: The New York Times, “I Learned I Have … Continue reading

Cutting Edge’ Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

July 17th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Information on ADD/ADHD

Brain Balance says its nonmed­ical and drug-free program helps chil­dren who struggle with ADHD, autism spec­trum disor­ders and learning and processing disor­ders. The company says it addresses a child’s chal­lenges with a combi­na­tion of phys­ical exer­cises, nutri­tional guid­ance and acad­emic training. An NPR inves­ti­ga­tion of Brain Balance reveals a company whose promises have resonated with parents averse to medica­tion. But Brain Balance also appears to … Continue reading

A Map That Shows You Everything Wrong With Your Brain

July 9th, 2018 - By jen in neuroAgility News, Neurofeedback News

Kerson placed the cap on my head and clipped two sensors on to my earlobes, areas of no elec­trical activity, to act as base­lines. As she began Elec­tro­gelling the 19 spots on my head that aligned with the cap’s elec­trodes, I was nervous in two different direc­tions: one, that my brain would be revealed as subop­timal, under­func­tioning, defi­cient. The other, that it would be fine, … Continue reading