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2010-12-02 21:01:40

New theory bridges longtime gap in child-development research, which traditionally overlooked impact of parental guidance in how children turn out Why does a child grow up to become a lawyer, a politician, a professional athlete, an environmentalist or a churchgoer? It's determined by our inherited genes, say some researchers. Still others say the driving force is our upbringing and the nurturing we get from our parents. But a new child-development theory bridges those two models, says...

2010-11-16 18:55:09

At ages 1 and 1-1/2, children who get most of their sleep at night (as opposed to during the day) do better in a variety of skill areas than children who don't sleep as much at night. That's the finding of a new longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal and the University of Minnesota. The research appears in the November/December 2010 issue of the journal Child Development. The study, of 60 Canadian children at ages 1, 1-1/2, and 2, looked at the effects of...

2010-10-30 00:00:00

An extended edition of the bestselling parental guidebook, The Wonder Weeks, is now available, it was announced today. This new edition of the worldwide phenomenon picks up where the original left off, taking parents "“ and their babies "“ through the critical first 20 months of mental development and into the first stages of toddlerhood New York, NY (PRWEB) October 28, 2010 Research shows that the so-called "terrible twos" don't need to exist when it comes to child development....

2010-09-15 17:12:54

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are thought to have a specific profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses"”difficulties appreciating others' thoughts and feelings, problems regulating and controlling their behavior, and an enhanced ability to perceive details"”but few studies have tracked children's cognitive skills over time. Now new longitudinal research provides clues that can inform our understanding of ASD. "Parents and clinicians already know that the...

2010-08-17 13:29:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In late July, 2010, Teresa Huizar, executive director of National Children's Alliance, joined Turkish child welfare professionals to provide training and share best practices around the internationally implemented children's advocacy center model. The Turkish Ministry of Health called upon Ms. Huizar and her 17 years of child abuse intervention experience to support preparations for the opening of the Ankara Children's Advocacy Center, which...

2010-05-14 14:15:27

Promoting parent involvement has been a big part of efforts to improve school performance. A new study has found that children whose parents were more involved across elementary school had fewer problem behaviors and better social skills, but that children's academics weren't affected. The study, in the May/June 2010 issue of the journal Child Development, is based on information about more than 1,300 children from 10 U.S. cities who were followed from birth to fifth grade. They are part of...

2010-04-09 15:06:00

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Racing Ahead, an organization providing assessments, early intervention services and individual instruction for infants and toddlers and their parents is offering free developmental screenings on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Santa Ana, CA. The developmental screenings will assess a child's language, motor and social development. It is important to identify developmental delays in infants and toddlers as early as...

2010-03-25 14:48:44

Decision making within families is an important way for young people to gain independence and responsibility, and adolescence is a time of increasing autonomy. A longitudinal study by Penn State researchers in the College of Health and Human Development concludes that teens have more say in certain areas than in others, and that some teens have more autonomy than others. Over a span of nine years, the researchers annually canvassed parents in about 200 White, European-American families about...

2010-03-25 12:21:08

Words influence infants' cognition from first months of life EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University researchers have found that even before infants begin to speak, words play an important role in their cognition. For 3-month-old infants, words influence performance in a cognitive task in a way that goes beyond the influence of other kinds of sounds, including musical tones. The research by Alissa Ferry, Susan Hespos and Sandra Waxman in the psychology department in the Weinberg College of...

2010-02-05 14:29:27

Executive functioning is a set of advanced cognitive functions"”such as the ability to control impulses, remember things, and show mental flexibility"”that help us plan and monitor what we do to reach goals. Although executive functioning develops speedily between ages 1 and 6, children vary widely in their skills in this area. Now a new longitudinal study tells us that moms play a role in how their children develop these abilities. The study was conducted at the University of...