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Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

July 23rd, 2014
School playgrounds that feature natural habitats and trees do more than just provide a unique outdoor adventure as researchers discover the environment can reduce children's stress and inattention. University of Colorado Boulder researchers also found that working on class assignments or gardening ...

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

July 22nd, 2014
Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children. Adults easily grasp the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an innate ability ...

Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

July 22nd, 2014
Traditional educational theory holds that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. A new study suggests to the contrary as Dartmouth researchers analyzed brain waves and found fourth-graders do not experience a change in automatic ...

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined different approaches ...

CBT in Grade School Can Lower Kids’ Anxiety

July 20th, 2014
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety levels in schoolchildren ages nine to 10 years old, according to new research from Oxford University. Researchers believe that this therapy would benefit all children, regardless of their anxiety levels. The project involved ...

Study Urges Global Push to Reach Pubertal Kids About Sexual Health

July 18th, 2014
A new report from researchers at Georgetown University suggests informing very young adolescents about sexual and reproductive health is a strategy that has lifetime benefits. Investigators believe emerging adolescence presents a window of opportunity between age 10 to 14 years, a time when ...

Body-Based Rejection Fears Can Diminish Quality of Life

July 16th, 2014
A recent study discovered the fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, and anxiety or worries on being rejected in interpersonal situations, can lead to diminished quality of life and poorer mental and overall health. These fears, referred to as personal rejection ...

Activity in Amygdala May Be Key to Developing PTSD

July 16th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that the amygdala, the small brain structure involved in emotional learning and fear acquisition, may hold the key to who is likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a new study, a disparate group of researchers collaborated on a ...

More Teen Boys Look for Relationships, Not Flings

July 16th, 2014
A new study determines teenage boy’s desire intimacy and sex in the context of a meaningful relationship and value trust in their partnerships. The finding may be a surprise to those who view teenage males as testosterone-laden aggressors. Investigators from Columbia University's Mailman School ...

Parental Behavior Impacts Abuse Risk for Kids with Disabilities

July 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests inappropriate parental expectations and a lack of empathy can increase the risk of abuse among children with disabilities. Experts have known that children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at ...