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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Helicopter Parents Take Extreme Approach to Homework

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study has revealed helicopter parents who take over responsibility for their child's homework can be doing more harm than good, especially as children get older. They often put more ... read more

New Programs Help Prepare Low-Income Children for School Success

Jan. 28, 2016 — New pediatric programs report an increase school readiness in children of low-income ... read more

Interaction During Reading Is Key to Language Development

Jan. 8, 2016 — A new study finds babies make more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys -- and mothers are more responsive to these types of sounds while reading to their child ... read more

Postnatal Depression Linked to Challenges in Parenting: Could Oxytocin Be Helpful?

Jan. 8, 2016 — Caring for an infant is challenging for any mother -- but especially so for women with postnatal depression, which may lead to adverse effects on child outcomes. Current evidence on postnatal ... read more

Is Your Toddler Ready for Reading Lessons?

Jan. 6, 2016 — Even before they can read, children as young as 3 years of age are beginning to understand how a written word is different than a simple drawing -- a nuance that could provide an important early ... read more

How Does Type of Toy Affect Quantity, Quality of Language in Infant Playtime?

Dec. 23, 2015 — Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden ... read more

Parent Touch, Play and Support in Childhood Vital to Well-Being as an Adult

Dec. 21, 2015 — Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in ... read more

2-Year-Olds Adept at Using Touch-Screen Technology

Dec. 21, 2015 — Two-year-olds are adept at using touch-screens, and can swipe, unlock, and actively search for features on smartphones and tablets, finds a small ... read more

Brain Differences in Premature Babies Who Later Develop Autism

Dec. 21, 2015 — Extremely premature babies run a much higher risk of developing autism in later childhood, and even during the neonate period differences are seen in the brains of those who do, research concludes. ... read more

Turn-Taking in Communication May Be More Ancient Than Language

Dec. 18, 2015 — New research on turn-taking in conversation focuses on its implications for how languages are structured and for how language and communication ... read more

Parents Have More Influence Than They Might Realize to Prevent Substance Use

Dec. 10, 2015 — Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their ... read more

Don’t Want to Raise a Psychopath? Be Sensitive to a Child’s Distress

Dec. 3, 2015 — How do you stop a child, especially one who has experienced significant adversity, from growing up to be a psychopath? Responsive, empathetic caregiving -- especially when children are in distress -- ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A collaboration between developmental psychologists and computer scientists has demonstrated that robots can "learn" much like babies - by experiencing the world and eventually imitating ... read more

Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

Dec. 1, 2015 — Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study. The association was stronger for African American ... read more

Anti-Fat Attitudes Shaped Early in Life

Nov. 23, 2015 — Older toddlers -- those aged around 32 months old -- are picking up on the anti-fat attitudes of their mothers, new research suggests. The study, involving researchers from New Zealand, Australia, ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Scientists, engineers and clinicians have shown in a clinical trial in the neonatal intensive care unit that a new prevention technology reduces apneic events and improves critical clinical ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — For parents of young children, there are few milestones more memorable than that first word. But people communicate an awful lot to each other without ever saying anything at all. So, how do infants ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A simple test using a raisin can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to new ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Within the first year of life, children can make transitive inferences about a social hierarchy of ... read more

Intervention Improves Teacher Practices, Student Engagement in Early Elementary Classrooms

Nov. 18, 2015 — A classroom program that helps teachers adapt their interactions with students based on individuals' temperaments may lead to more student engagement in kindergarten, more teacher emotional ... read more

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