Parenting News

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...

Adult Kids Like It When Parents Can Check In On Multiple Platforms

October 27th, 2014
New research suggests young adults report enhanced satisfaction when their parents can connect with them over multiple communication channels. Communication methods include landlines and cell phones, email, social networking sites, etc. Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student in communication studies at the University of Kansas ...

Family-Focused Program Can Deter Dropping Out, Substance Use

October 27th, 2014
New research establishes that a family-focused intervention program leads to fewer drop-outs and lower rates of alcohol and illegal drug use. Prevention scientists at Arizona State University discovered that a family-oriented intervention for middle school Mexican American children was beneficial. "This is the first ...

Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders. These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect well-being, according ...

Parenting Style Impacts Teen Autonomy, Relationships

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests a controlling parenting style can hinder autonomy and relationship development among teens. Investigators at the University of Virginia believe their findings are important because the teenage years are a time to establish a healthy degree of autonomy and closeness in ...

Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

October 24th, 2014
A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those ...

Teens’ School, Family Problems Tend to Spill Over for 2 Days

October 24th, 2014
A new study finds that teenagers can face negative mood and psychological issues for two days after a problematic incident at home or school. Researchers found family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. Moreover, the aftermath of ...

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...

Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems

October 19th, 2014
Toddlers who don’t feel guilty after bad behavior or who are less affectionate or less responsive to affection may be at risk for greater behavior problems by the time they enter first grade, according to a new study by the University of Michigan ...

Early Intervention Focuses on Sibs of Autistic Kids

October 18th, 2014
Approximately 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the disorder by age three. Of these, 57 percent may show symptoms at 18 months, according to a new study by the Yale School of Medicine. “While the majority of ...