Posted: May 21, 2010 – An article published last week in the Detroit Free Press discussed the danger of lead poisoning for students in Detroit Public Schools. A recent study conducted by Detroit city health and education officials showed that over half of the students in the school system had a history of lead poisoning, which, as the article says, “affects brain function for life”.
The data gathered in the study showed that there was a correlation with higher lead levels and poor academic performance. Lead poisoning has been a problem for children in Detroit for years, but this is the first time that data has shown a link between lead poisoning and poor grades.
Because lead poisoning can cause significant problems with memory and learning, children in school often struggle significantly causing them to become frustrated. As the article says, “Children with lead poisoning can become discouraged. One study found these students are seven times more likely to drop out than those with low levels.”
Wayne State University nursing professor Lisa Chiodo is quoted as saying that proper curriculum needs to be developed and interventions need to be found for children who suffer from lead poisoning. Cogmed is mentioned as a possible intervention for this population.
A project is currently being reviewed for a local Detroit hospital to use Cogmed Working Memory Training as an intervention for children with lead-poisoning.
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