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 Post subject: Re: Selection Review?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:42 pm 
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I have just done a quick search on google scholar and based on its results would caution against putting too much weight on diabetic hypo/hyperglycaemia in relation to cognitive performance. It is very hard to find any recent papers which suggest an adverse link - they are all pretty upbeat - unless children are having recurrent seizures and coma, in which case the effect is posited to be a lasting rather than a transient one. Of course if a hypo occurred during actual testing that would be another matter, rather like a non-diabetic child becoming suddenly very unwell, I imagine.

Given what Rob Clark has said about the potential for a panel misunderstanding the condition, I think using equivocal research would not add support a case, not least because a panel is likely to consist of non-experts like me who would interpret papers in the same way as I did, either assuming there was no effect, or that the effect would be long term and therefore leave question marks over grammar school suitability. As he and others have said, it seems that evidence of academic performance is what is needed. The OP on this thread had a rather unusual case in which a child had undiagnosed T1 diabetes at the time of the test, which is obviously a rather different matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Selection Review?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:22 pm 
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Bjellitot, so sorry to hear about your dc's diagnosis.

My dd was diagnosed aged 8, just done gcse's.

She says she remembers feeling very unwell leading up to diagnosis and would have struggled to do any exam, so well done to your dd for doing the exam.

I suppose it's difficult to prove how much high/low blood sugars affect performance.

Good luck.x


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