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ChildUp Early Learning Method: A Focus on Effort

Decades of research have shown that a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or ability is more stimulating. In her book Mindset – The New Psychology Of Success, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, professor of psychology, makes the comparison between students having a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset.” Schoolchildren …
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Screaming at Young Children Can Cause Long-Term Damages

– Seeing a mother screaming “Sit back and shut up!” to her 18-month-old daughter, even in public, is a disturbing but not so uncommon situation. Many parents still need to understand that screaming at a crying baby or toddler is highly counter-productive and may cause serious long-term damages to the child’s brain development. Moms and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: The Most Critical Periods for Brain Development

Different areas of the brain develop and mature in different stages and at varying paces. A series of “critical periods” or “windows of opportunity” occur during the first years when the brain is most flexible. At birth, each brain cell (neuron) counts about 2,500 connections (synapses) with other brain cells. …
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Why Are Girls Better Protected Than Boys from Autism?

– Why are girls better protected from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are diagnosed less often than boys from the condition? On average, only one girl is diagnosed with ASD for every four boys. The ratio is even higher in cases of high-functioning autism, with as many as seven boys …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: The Plasticity of the Brain

In the past (and even today), some people believed that, at birth, the human brain was pre-programmed and fully equipped with a set of particular innate abilities. Due to this commonly held belief, a few lucky children were destined for a bright future while many others had little chance to …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: First Years Are Key

A baby’s brain is only 25 percent developed at birth, and after three years, it reaches 80 percent of its capacity. A newborn’s brain contains about 100 billion cells (neurons) that are, for the most part, not yet wired together. The majority of this linking occurs during the first three …
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Meaningful Interaction with Parents Is Key for a Child’s Brain Development

– Parents who want to optimally foster their children’s brain development don’t need to look farther than themselves – from the very first day. According to Dr. Erin Frank, pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, constant and meaningful interaction with parents is best for a child’s development: “Talking to them, singing to …
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Are Men’s Better Math Skills the Reason of STEM Gender Gap? Surprise!

– Do you know why men outnumber women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professions? No, it’s not because they’re naturally more talented in those fields. According to a new study from Washington State University researchers, the reason is, women tend to accurately assess their math abilities while men tend to …
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How to Make your Baby Smarter – in the Womb!

– Babies are already able to absorb information during the last ten weeks of pregnancy. According to a recent study, when mothers talk to their fetus while touching their belly, infants in the womb display more reactions – like arm, head, and mouth movements – compared to when mothers only talk …
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Research Has Shown That Early Math Lessons Change Children’s Brains

– According to a remarkable research published four years ago by scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine, the brain scans of second- and third-grade students showed that a single year of math lessons brings important changes in the brain’s ability to problem solving. – Those findings were part of …
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