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November 18, 2008

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Rosemary Carstens

I heard this piece on NPR too. It was quite interesting. Do they know why it's more prevalent in girls? About your earlier post about homework, when I read your recollections, it made me think my daughter may have suffered with ADD as she had a terrible time getting through homework and we struggled night after night, with teachers even telling me it was MY fault because I wasn't giving her enough attention! It had a deep effect on her and it wasn't for many years that she realized that struggling with homework is not necessarily commentary on intelligence. Rosemary

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