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The Historical Underpinnings of Neurodiversity: Part II

Cortical Chauvinism

The following paragraphs were written for an editorial published by the Siberian Journal of Special Education in the early part of 2016. I asked the editor of the journal, Elena Chereneva, permission to reproduce the same in my blog. For those who want to read the original article, the same can be found at Researchgate ( In part, my intent in writing the editorial was to give a broader perspective on the history of Neurodiversity than the one often cited in the literature (see for example the account offered by Silberman in his well-publicized account in Neurotribes). In addition, I found that Silberman’s view on Leo Kanner was extremely biased and I was hoping to correct the reader’s perception of this great man. Given the length of the editorial I have divided its content into 2 blogs. The first part was published a couple of weeks ago (

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All 2017 (scientific) news on ADHD, autism and simular properties

Collection of 2017 first half year news about autism, ADHD and related features.

About microbiome, genetics, treatment, medicine, diagnosis, brain structure and chemistry and …. All you need to know.


Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy: Prenatal exposure to maternal fever during the second trimester raised odds of autism spectrum disorder by 40 percent – ScienceDaily


Medical Xpress: Study finds way to predict treatment effectiveness for adults with autism


Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids


New research on the biology behind over-thinking shows how it makes us less creative


Autism Risk: Why Are Girls More Protected From Diagnosis?

Inhibitory motor control problems may be unique identifier in adults with ADHD

Experimental ADHD Drugs Aimed at Aggression, Genetic Targets


Medical Xpress: Most ADHD medicine used by December-born children


Medical Xpress: Research in autism-friendly technology needs to improve to make a real difference for people


Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses at age two – ScienceDaily


Old drug points to promising new direction for treatment of autism – Medical News Today


Access to diagnosis, treatment, and supportive services among pharmacotherapy-treated children/adolescents with ADHD in Europe: data from the Careg… – PubMed – NCBI


ADHD Medications and Scary Side Effects


Diabetes Drug May Help Symptoms of Autism-Associated Condition


Medical Xpress: The genetic architecture of risk for autism spectrum disorder


Scientists uncover a role for the microbiome in regulating fear responses – Medical News Today


Nonprescription use of Ritalin linked to adverse side effects, study finds – ScienceDaily

Useful research syas: “Do not ‘enhance’ without your doctor”.


ADHD drugs are associated with lower car crash risk | The BMJ


Medical Xpress: Study looks at the prevalence, challenges of athletes with ADHD

Medical Xpress: ‘Smart genes’ account for 20% of intelligence: study


Medical Xpress: Large, innovative autism project sparks hope for better treatments


Medical Xpress: Scientists crowdsource autism data to learn where resource gaps exist


Medical Xpress: Combination approach may boost social interactions in autism


Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy – ScienceDaily


Medical Xpress: How brains process facial expressions


Medical Xpress: Study finds children with ADHD have questions for their doctor but don’t ask them


Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism – Medical News Today


Antidepressants in pregnancy are not associated with autism risk, new study finds | The BMJ


The WHO Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale for DSM-5


Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism – ScienceDaily


Mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation identified – ScienceDaily


Economic impact of childhood/adolescent ADHD in a European setting: the Netherlands as a reference case


What a Muppet With Autism Means to My Family –


Six Questions Help Predict Adult ADHD : Shots – Health News : NPR


Medical Xpress: Girls are better at masking autism than boys


Medical Xpress: Area of the brain affected by autism detected


Power naps {my favourite! HvdV} make you happier than a longer snooze


Medical Xpress: Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult


Medical Xpress: Youth with autism gain, keep jobs after employer-based skills program, research finds


How Businesses Are Welcoming Children With Autism


How Prenatal Maternal Infections May Affect Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorder


Bipolar disorder: New method predicts who will respond to lithium therapy – ScienceDaily


Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention – ScienceDaily


Grandma Knows Best: New Research Explains How Family Members Can Impact an Autism Diagnosis


The genes, neural circuits behind autism’s impaired sociability: Genetic ‘toggle switch’ reveals regulation of sociability in autism mouse model – ScienceDaily


New Light Shed on Autism | Technology Networks


Defect in non-coding DNA might trigger brain disorders such as severe language impairment | EurekAlert! Science News


ADHD: Brains not recognizing angry expressions – ScienceDaily



Benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications questioned – ScienceDaily


Medical Xpress: Children with ADHD often live in chaotic households


entrepreneurs ADHD


Novel dimensional approach uncovers biomarker for inattention – Medical News Today

Yet another bio-marker is going to help us.


World’s largest autism genome database shines new light on many ‘autisms’: Latest study identifies 18 new autism-linked genes, deepening understanding of autism’s broad spectrum – ScienceDaily


Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found – Medical News Today


Widespread conflicts of interest among patient-advocacy organizations uncovered – ScienceDaily


How humans bond: The brain chemistry revealed – Medical News Today


Autism genes conserved during human evolution to make us smarter, say scientists | The Independent


Extended overview state of the art in ADHD


New risk factors for anxiety disorders – ScienceDaily


Sorting out risk genes for brain development disorders: Gene discovery research distinguishes some factors for autism from those for intellectual disabilities or developmental delays – ScienceDaily


Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy: Women with signs of active genital herpes had twice the odds of giving birth to offspring with autism spectrum disorder – ScienceDaily



Medical Xpress: Immune research advances understanding of autism spectrum disorder



MRIs predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers: This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before sympto…



Medical Xpress: Aberrant synapse protein can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders



Medical Xpress: ADHD a ‘brain disorder’, not just bad behaviour: study


Medical Xpress: Poorly tuned neuronal communication may underlie neurological and psychiatric disease


Medical Xpress: Brain network connections may underlie social behavior linked to autism


Medical Xpress: New treatment to help children with autism overcome phobias


Medical Xpress: Typical male brain anatomy associated with higher probability of autism spectrum disorder


Medical Xpress: New study links brainstem volume and aggression in autism


Medical Xpress: Federal law increases use of services for autism without raising out-of-pocket costs


Medical Xpress: Distinctive brain pattern may underlie dyslexia


Medical Xpress: Social biases contribute to challenges for those with autism



Adults with Autism See Interests as Strengths, Career Paths


Medical Xpress: Could the ‘Mediterranean’ diet help prevent ADHD?


Autism researchers discover genetic ‘Rosetta Stone’: Opposing defects in a single neuronal protein lead either to epilepsy in infancy or to autism – ScienceDaily


Medical Xpress: Youngest in class twice as likely to take ADHD medication



Could a tuberculosis drug help treat autism? – Medical News Today


Answers to how our brains make meaning, with the help of a little LSD – ScienceDaily


Flipping A Switch In The Brain Creates Killer Mice : Shots – Health News : NPR


Flipping A Switch In The Brain Creates Killer Mice : Shots – Health News : NPR

About the function of the amygdala


Medical Xpress: Why vaccines don’t cause autism (Update)


Medical Xpress: Autism symptoms improve after fecal transplant, small study finds


New clinical trial shows ‘promising results’ for ASD treatment – Medical News Today

About new autism treatment options. Microbioom


Medical Xpress: Genetic risk factors for autism, MS and other diseases differ between the sexes


ADHD and Anxiety: What’s the Connection? – Medical News Today


Genetic discovery provides new insight into cognitive disorders: Findings could ultimately lead to new treatments for disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD – ScienceDaily


Robots, Apps and Brain Scans: New Tools to Help the Autistic Child – Scientific American


Natural Remedies for ADHD – Medical News Today


Is Neurofeedback an Effective Treatment for ADHD? – Medical News Today



Medical Xpress: Autism biomarker seen as boon for new treatments


Exercise: An Antidote for Kids’ Behavioral Issues?


Is ADHD Different for Women and Girls?


















Participants training “From Burden to Talents”

13 successful participants of the training course “From Burden to Talent” this week in Malaga. From England, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Israel, Luxembourg and Ireland.

State of the art knowledge about ADHD, dyslexia, autism and giftedness. Coaching tools. And how to be an ambassador of European Brain Employers for European brains at work.

Trainers Hans van de Velde and Elske Schreuder of Equisto Coaching from Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Dear European colleagues,
With the best wishes for 2017, here you will find the most recent scientific news on autism and ADHD.
Personality traits, psychiatric disorders linked to specific genomic locations
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This is the first time I’ve seen this link between genes and the BIG-5. And the link via extraversion onto ADHD. Hopefully there the connection via introversion onto ADD will come later.
Oxytocin improves synchronization in leader-follower interaction
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As you may know testosteron (“kill the enemy”) and oxytocin (“brotherhood”) play an important roll in the forming of – and the fighting between groups.
The effect of oxytocin nasal spray on social interaction deficits observed in young children with autism: A randomized clinical crossover trial
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And so here’s the link to oxytocin in autism.
Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder like Autism; Timing makes the difference
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How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?
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ADHD in Girls: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
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ADHD and Depression: What’s the Connection?
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Genetic cause identified for previously unrecognized developmental disorder … autism
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Brain technique improves cognitive control
Research have found the technique – which applies high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation to a particular area of the brain – improves cognitive – and conflict control. This study provides the basis to explore potential benefits for people with impaired cognitive control associated with schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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And we now know that ‘self control ‘ is the main issue in an ADHD brain!  
Autism breakthrough: One protein’s sweeping influence on development of autism revealed
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Lab confirms vitamin D link to autism traits
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Idem: Autism linked to vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, researchers find
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New Research Shows summerMAX Program Is Highly Effective for High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)
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About the connection between Giftedness and ADHD
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(A bit older, but relevant in recent EU discours!)
Ease Holiday Stress for Children With Autism
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Mutations in life’s ‘essential genes’ tied to autism
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Working out the genetic risk for ADHD
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Paternal aging and its possible link to neurodevelopmental disorders
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Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the DSM-5 Era.
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