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Volume 3 Number 1

Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "All effective schools have a culture and it is the information one gets from a culture that sends a message to the students that they will be productive and successful." This month the Wongs offer more examples of successful school and classroom management...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child
Teaching Is...
Avoiding the 'Stares' When Intellectually Challenging Disadvantaged Students: Partnership Lessons from the HOTS Program
Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?
A Bakerís Dozen Reasons!
The Effects Of Diet
Bully Advice For Kids
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 2)
Both Sides Now in Gifted Education
What Are We Aiming At--What Do We Really Want To Aim At?
Teaching Graph from the Grassroots
Why Teachers Need Tenure
A Different Perspective to the Holidays
A Lesson Learned
Follow The Wonder
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Handy Teacher Recipes
Classroom Crafts
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
New in the Lesson Bank
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Letters to the Editor
Chatboard Poll
eIditarod 2002
Planetary Society Protests Stop to Near-Earth Object Observations
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
7th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease
Arab American Students in Public Schools
School Bus Subsidies for Field Trip to 2002 Tour De Sol
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The Effects Of Diet

by Jay Davidson

Many children suffer at home and at school with hyperactivity, inability to focus, and a wide number of diagnoses lumped together as learning disabilities. Among these latter designations may be auditory processing problems and dyslexia.

Parents, often at a loss as to what to do about their children's difficulties, may be ignoring the one thing that can make the most significant changes in their children's behavior: diet.

Many of the foods introduced into our diet are full of fat, salt, and sugars. They are processed and full of chemicals. At my school, the teachers escort our students to the cafeteria for lunch. I'm pleased that I don't have to stay there for a long time. It isn't because of the noise factory (although I do appreciate getting away from the youthful exuberance for a while). It's because I can't stand to see what most of the kids are eating for lunch!

Most importantly, enough research has been done to indicate clearly that in many cases, symptoms of hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, asthma, and sleep disorders related to ADHD disappear altogether with the change of diet - and no additional drugs are needed.

Typical programs, like Dr. Benjamin Feingold's, suggest eliminating ingredients such as artificial food dye and flavors; BHA, BHT, and TBHQ (petroleum-based preservatives), salycylates, and corn syrup.

As a parent trying to modify your child's diet, your greatest challenge is going to be instituting changes for your child while others around him continue to consume the same things that they have been eating. This is not easy, but it is also not impossible. You will have to appeal to your child's desire to feel better.

Two helpful sources are available to parents who would like to delve into this subject;

Thomas Armstrong wrote
The Myth of the A.D.D. Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion.


Dr. Benjamin Feingold, one of the earliest researchers in this field, wrote Why Your Child is Hyperactive. The Feingold Association of the United States can be reached at (800) 321-3287,



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