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'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child’s learning can - for children who were easy babies - minimize behavioral problems during toddlerhood.

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced, a new study suggests.

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Researchers examined the relation between classmates’ gender stereotypes and individual students’ reading outcomes to shed light on how these stereotypes contribute to the gender gap in reading. 

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children’s play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children’s physical, social and emotional development.

Contagious Learning: How Drama and Experience Enhance Learning

Contagious Learning: How Drama and Experience Enhance Learning

It's a concept first brought to light decades ago, but still very relevant in education today: lived experience. Specifically, how can educators create significant experiences to engage students and enhance learning? 

Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues

Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues

Researchers find that Deaf infants of Deaf parents demonstrate strong gaze-following behavior, which establishes a social connection between parent and child.

Digital Games May Beat Mindfulness Apps at Relieving Stress

Digital Games May Beat Mindfulness Apps at Relieving Stress

Highly engaging digital games which provide opportunities for mastering new skills and allowing users to feel in control may relieve stress at the end of the day more effectively than mindfulness apps.

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention regulation.

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

They may all be in the same classroom together, but each child in preschool may have a very different experience, a new study suggests.

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found.

Elementary school student support leads to lower high school dropout

Elementary school student support leads to lower high school dropout

Elementary-school students who participated in a comprehensive support intervention in the Boston public school district had about half the odds of dropping out of high school as students not in the intervention.

NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy

NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy

Marcia Washington, OTR/L, has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for more than 10 years. She is the owner of KidSense Therapy, a sensory clinic providing occupational therapy for children birth to age 18 years in Pontotoc, Mississippi. We recently had the chance to catch up with Marcia and ask her about her experience using NeuroNet programs in her therapy practice: