Teachers Take Notes

"All we want is for our children to be happy!" This is the mantra of Donna Bednarczyk, a 25-year veteran teacher in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Whether she's talking about her own two children or her fifth-grade students at Maire Elementary school, her drive to help all of her kids do well academically and be emotionally resilient is the key to her success as a teacher. Donna is a strong advocate for students with ADHD. Her oldest son, Luke, has been diagnosed with the condition. She raised him to be a confident and successful young man. He is now an Eagle Scout and an honor student at Western Michigan University. How did she do it?

Donna encouraged his strengths while supporting him in his struggles. She does the same for her students. She focuses on their positive attributes. "My ADHD students have the energy and enthusiasm to 'think outside of the box.' Their ideas will help make our world a better place. I want them to see themselves as capable learners."

"Donna is one of the most child-centered teachers I have ever worked with," says her teaching partner, Barb Davis. "She inspires her students to have confidence, which is a gift they keep for the rest of their lives!" Kristin Baer, mother to one of Donna's students with ADHD, adds her own praise. "Donna strikes the perfect balance between maintaining high expectations, while providing the structure and engaging techniques a student with ADHD requires."

"Donna holds her students to high standards, but does so with lots of TLC," says her principal Sonja Francett. "She is a master teacher."


Encouraging Their Energy and Enthusiasm

Study: Breastfeeding may reduce chances of ADHD

A new study shows that breastfeeding for at least three months may reduce the risk of and even prevent Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The study, appearing in Breastfeeding Medicine, was carried out by an Israeli team on 150 children aged six to 12 years.

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by a significant lack of attention or impulsiveness and hyperactivity – or both.

The condition is usually recognized by the time the child finishes first grade and affects up to 15 percent of school-age children. In 30 to 50% of cases, the chronic disorder continues through adulthood.

The study was conducted by Dr. Aviva Mimouni- Bloch, head of the Institute for Child Development and the Neuropediatric-rehabilitation unit at Beit Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital in Ra’anana; and Dr. Anna Katchvanskaya of the Rabin Medical Center- Beilinson Campus’s neonatal department in Petah Tikva.

The children were all diagnosed with ADHD at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

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Study: Breastfeeding may reduce chances of ADHD
A new study shows breastfeeding for at least 3 months may reduce risk, prevent Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.