Category: Child Brain Development

Should Children with Reading Difficulties Be Given the Label of “Dyslexia”?

- According to Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko, authors of the book “The Dyslexia Debate”, ”dyslexia” is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied. The authors are not denying that there is indeed a well known issue for children with reading difficulties and that it …
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Authoritarian Parenting Linked to Children’s Obesity

- At a meeting at the American Heart Association, McGill University researchers showed new scientific evidence that children are more likely to develop obesity if they are raised under the authoritarian style of parenting, which is often worsened by a genuine lack of love and affection. – “Parents should at least be …
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Preschoolers Are Able to Do Elementary Algebra

- According to Melissa Kibbe, a psychologist from Johns Hopkins University, our approximate number system makes it possible for us to learn early how to count and then do math, including algebra and trigonometry. Humans, like the majority of animals, have the innate capacity to estimate the number of objects in their …
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What Makes Breastfed Babies Smarter

- A Brigham Young University study indicates that cognitive development is accelerated by reading to infants and by heeding to their emotional cues – things breastfeeding mothers often do. – The study discovered that paying mind to a child’s emotional cues and reading to a child daily creates a 2-3 …
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The Incredible Overdiagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Kids

- Many children are given unnecessary stimulant drugs due to the overdiagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some children, specifically boys, are just more active than others and most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than developmental difference. – The statistics show an outrageous account: …
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The Importance of Talking to (Premature) Babies

- “Preemies” are at risk of language delay. According to a new study, exposing preterm babies to more adult language can improve their language skills at 18 months. Dr. Betty Vohr, a professor of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I, compares the brain to a …
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The Scientific Evidence of Environmental Influence on Children’s Brain Development

- At a symposium held in January, 2014 in Toronto, world experts in the biology of child and brain development gathered with their peers specialized in the health and success of entire societies. The conference underscored the importance of public commitment to children’s health for the general prosperity of populations. – There …
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The Effects of Parenting on Children’s Academic Success

- According to a new study by researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the style of parenting has an influence on the academic achievement of African American boys as they transition from preschool to kindergarten. – The mothers of the kids …
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Play Activities Like Peek-a-Boo Are Helping Babies’ Brain Development

- According to a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, one-on-one conversations with babies are not only helping their language development, but the development of many other brain skills as well. On the other hand, half of parents believe that children learn as much from watching TV as …
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Intuitive Numerical Exercise Improves Children’s Math Skills and Grades

- According to a new study, intuitive number tasks – like comparing two sets of objects (for example two unequal groups of paper clips) without counting them – can boost children’s math abilities and grades. – This research is the first to show a correlation between the practice of instinctive numerical exercise and …
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