Children and Teens News

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that parents can ...

Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

October 30th, 2014
Researchers believe strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, resiliency is acquired with practice, over time. But military children must adapt to ...

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. states and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Report: School Bullying Still a Serious Problem

October 25th, 2014
Although enormous efforts have been made to increase anti-bullying legislation and to raise public awareness, school bullying is still one of the most urgent issues facing students, according to a report by researchers from Clemson University and Professional Data Analysts Inc. "Bullying continues ...

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 ...