A recent opinion piece by the Editorial Board of The New York Times entitled The Coronavirus’s Lost Generation of Students has raised concerns that the same type of slump or slide is likely to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic for many of our nation's 50 million children, regardless of learning difficulties. They cite a study by the Northwest Evaluation Association that suggests, students who do not receive sustained instruction during the coronavirus school shutdown will retain only 70 percent of their annual reading gains compared to a typical year. Deteriorating performance in math is even more dramatic. These losses can be attributed in part to missing many days of school at the onset of the pandemic when most schools were unprepared to move to online learning platforms. While some states have been able to make the transformation to distance learning quickly and effectively, many have simply discontinued schooling until the end of the school year, while others are still … [Read more...] about Will Distance Learning Produce a Coronavirus Virus Slump?
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Irrfan Khan, an actor known for his extraordinary and versatile acting skills and a face of India in Hollywood, passed away on 29 April 2020. The actor was widely loved and praised for his hardworking and humble attitude. His demise has left each one of us numb. After all, he was the man who not only played the characters well on screen but also made sure that we cherish those characters forever. … [Read more...] about Irrfan Khan Passes Away: Interesting Facts About India’s Most Versatile Actor
While women who live with depression seem to be more susceptible to sleep disorders and complications, there is some good news—sleep is one of those behaviors that respond well to modification. The crucial thing is to identify the problem early in pregnancy. … [Read more...] about Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression
It’s personal! “It's not about any one thing, it's about the student-athlete and the way they received the blow to the head, how tired they are, the amount of food and water they had during the day. Are they on any medications for learning problems? There are a lot of small conditions that add up to the simple or complex concussion. Finding the combination of conditions that amounted to the tipping point to put a student-athlete into a concussed injury is the trick. Being around the student/athletes daily is a big start. I guess that might be the one big thing, make sure every school has a certified athletic trainer in the building working with the student-athletes on a daily basis.” — Wayne Harmon ATC, Olathe Medical Center, Olathe North High School … [Read more...] about The Best Advice For Handling Concussions
For example, I had been monitoring an athlete in my clinic recently, and we noticed a spike in the anger domain on his daily symptom checklist. We called the parents to find out what was going on. We learned he was anxious and worried about not participating in school, falling behind and getting bad grades. He felt isolated from his peers. So, he decided to go off the protocol and return to school letting us know, or allowing us to set up an appropriate academic care plan. He went on his own, and couldn’t take it. He couldn’t focus, felt nauseated, and went to nurse’s office. He went home was really upset with himself and kicked trash can, and punched a wall. This showed up during the symptom tracking, and we were able to intervene by using the customized academic care plan built into the management protocol, which included visits to the school psychologist, and effectively returned him to the school environment. … [Read more...] about Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols