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Know How Your Canine Friend can Help Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Kids

The research involved children aged seven to nine who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition

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Besides remaining loyal and man’s best friend, dogs can also provide therapy that can effectively treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers.

The results indicate that children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills.

While both CA and non-CA interventions were ultimately found to be effective for reducing overall ADHD symptom severity after 12 weeks, the group assisted by therapy dogs fared significantly better with improved attention and social skills at only eight weeks and demonstrated fewer behavioural problems.

“Our finding that dogs can hasten the treatment response is very meaningful,” said Sabrina Schuck, Executive Director at the University of California-Irvine, US.

“In addition, the fact that parents of the children who were in the CAI group reported significantly fewer problem behaviours over time than those treated without therapy dogs is further evidence of the importance of this research,” Schuck added.

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The results indicate that children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills. Pixabay

The study, published in the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB), illustrates that the presence of therapy dogs enhances traditional psychosocial intervention and is feasible and safe to implement.

Animal assisted intervention (AAI) has been used for decades. However, only recently has empirical evidence begun to support these practices reporting benefits including reduced stress, improved cognitive function, reduced problem behaviours and improved attention.

“The take away from this is that families now have a viable option when seeking alternative or adjunct therapies to medication treatments for ADHD, especially when it comes to impaired attention,” said Schuck.

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“Inattention is perhaps the most salient problem experienced across the life span for individuals with this disorder.”

The research involved children aged seven to nine who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition. (IANS)

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Samsung To Undertake Research To Help Reduce Stress in Kids

Every Samsung Smart Class is equipped with an interactive Samsung Smartboards, Samsung tablets, a printer, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup

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Samsung to conduct research to help reduce stress in school kids.

Samsung India is set to undertake a two-year research to find out how to enhance learning outcomes for middle school students in India and how their stress levels can be reduced, the company said on Monday.

Named as the MyDream project, the study is in collaboration with UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.

The study will determine how project-based and socio-emotional learning (SEL) can be used to drive learning outcomes of students as defined by their mathematics and science scores and also to reduce their stress levels.

“Samsung is proud to partner with UNESCO-MGIEP and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on this ground-breaking research that seeks to transform education that will empower children with skillsets for the 21st century,” said Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India, in a statement.

The study, will be conducted in 64 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools, where Samsung already operates a Samsung Smart Class.

“Through the My Dream project, we want to build intellectually and emotionally resilient young people. We seek to make learning fun and stress free, and training young people to be mindful, empathetic and compassionate,” said Anantha K Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO-MGIEP.

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“This research project will help us understand how learning outcomes for students can be improved and how their stress levels can be mitigated. This partnership will pave way for not just an impact in India, but a global one,” he added.

At the end of the study, a comprehensive report and recommendations will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Separately, Samsung also announced a partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Government, to set up Samsung Smart Class at 14 government colleges across Andhra Pradesh, the statement said.

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The 14 Samsung Smart Class will deliver 200 hours of courses such as Bachelors of Education (B.Ed) and Diploma in Education (D.Ed).

Samsung Smart Class is currently available at 652 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools, 28 Government schools in Tamil Nadu and three Delhi Police Public Schools, taking the total number of Samsung Smart Class in India to 683.

Every Samsung Smart Class is equipped with an interactive Samsung Smartboards, Samsung tablets, a printer, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup. (IANS)