Important new research on how poverty and stress impact children — often these two factors can result in a child presenting as having ADHD…we have to work on the environmental stuff that drives a child’s inattentive behavior.
Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The latest research studies from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child demonstrate how “toxic stress” can severely damage children’s minds.
Everyone needs to learn to deal with adversity, says Dr. Jack Shonkoff of the Harvard Center, and some stress is a good learning experience.
But the conditions associated with living in poverty harms children’s development.