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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...

2009-11-13 13:38:36

A new study has found that young people feel differently about two types of parental control, generally viewing a type of control that's thought to be better for their development more positively. However, when parents are very controlling, young people no longer make this distinction and view both types of parental control negatively. The study, conducted in the United States by researchers at ×rebro University in Sweden, appears in the November/December 2009 issue of the...

2009-11-13 13:36:39

Many parents of preschoolers struggle with their children's fears of real and imaginary creatures. A new study offers some ideas on how they can better manage their children's worries. The study, which was carried out by researchers at the University of California, Davis, appears in the November/December 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. Researchers studied about 50 4-, 5-, and 7-year-olds in an effort to identify coping strategies that can be carried out by children. The children...

2009-11-13 13:30:30

Societal and technological changes have taken place at a dizzying pace over recent decades. A new cross-cultural study aimed to determine whether these dramatic changes have had an effect on the thinking skills that are learned over the course of childhood. The study, by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Pitzer College, is published in the November/December 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. Using previously collected data from the late 1970s, the...

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2009-11-13 08:55:00

Curiosity plays a big part in preschoolers' lives. A new study that explored why young children ask so many "why" questions concludes that children are motivated by a desire for explanation. The study, by researchers at the University of Michigan, appears in the November/December 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. The researchers carried out two studies of 2- to 5-year-olds, focusing on their "how" and "why" questions, as well as their requests for explanatory information, and...

2009-11-12 10:00:00

SEATTLE Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parenting is a tough job, but now parents have a unique online resource for navigating their children's early years through today's launch of ParentingCounts.org. The new site combines comprehensive research with a secure journal for recording children's development and for sharing milestones and achievements with friends and family. Parents frequently search for useful information about parenting and early childhood development on the Internet....

2009-09-24 14:15:28

The association between a father's absence and a child's sexuality is best explained by genetic influences, not environmental, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Jane Mendle, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, said previous research has found that children raised in homes without a biological father have sex earlier than children raised in traditional nuclear families. Researchers have speculated children living in homes without fathers have sex earlier because...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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