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Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds

Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds

Varying patterns of social, emotional and learning problems are associated with increases in verbal, physical and relational aggression and substance use among adolescent boys, according to a new study led by social work professor Kevin Tan.

To improve relationship with kids, try turning up the music

To improve relationship with kids, try turning up the music

Children who grow up listening to music with their parents report having better quality relationships with their moms and dads when they reach young adulthood, researchers found.

New research helps to instill persistence in children

New research helps to instill persistence in children

Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study.

 

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:

Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix

Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix

Research shows that the more skills children bring with them to kindergarten - in basic math, reading, even friendship and cooperation - the more likely they will succeed in those same areas in school. Hence, "kindergarten readiness" is the goal of many preschool programs, and a motivator for many parents. Now it's time to add language to that mix of skills, says a new University of Washington-led study.

 

Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs

Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs

 The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems during their freshman year in high school, a new study found.

Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds

Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds

Study confirms gender differences in how teachers perceive playfulness -- and provides insights into the potentially damaging effects of discouraging playful behavior in the classroom.

Childhood aggression linked to deficits in executive function

Childhood aggression linked to deficits in executive function

Primary school children with reduced cognitive skills for planning and self-restraint are more likely to show increased aggression in middle childhood.

Eating together as a family helps children feel better

Eating together as a family helps children feel better

Children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits, a new study shows

Behavior problems and concussion in young children

Behavior problems and concussion in young children

Concussions are a major public health problem because of their high number in adolescents and athletes who practice contact sports. Their frequency is increased in preschool children since they have a more blurred notion of danger and are therefore more likely to be injured.

Brain Imaging Predicts Language Learning in Deaf Children

Brain Imaging Predicts Language Learning in Deaf Children

MRI brain scans can predict language improvement after a cochlear implant, laying the foundation for creation of brain specific therapy.

 

A ‘touching sight’: How babies’ brains process touch builds foundations for learning

A ‘touching sight’: How babies’ brains process touch builds foundations for learning

Touch is the first of the five senses to develop, yet scientists know far less about the baby’s brain response to touch than to, say, the sight of ...