Is Today’s Lifestyle Hampering Children’s Brain Development?

by Tom Shenk, taken from Virginia Education Association.

Unfortunately, I believe the answer to the question posed in the headline to this article is ‘Yes’. My study of recent brain research tells me that students today have more brain development issues than did children of past generations. If you’ve been working with children for more than 20 years, you may have seen this trend playing out in your classrooms. Even if you haven’t, consider these statistics:

  • In 180, only 1 in 10,000 children was diagnosed with autism. Today that number is jaw-dropping in 1 in 88.
  • ADHD diagnoses have grown 2000 percent since 1990.

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