New study finds younger aged children with symptoms of ADHD have reduced brain size

Findings could help determine new ways to predict which children are most at risk for developing ADHD. Continue reading “New study finds younger aged children with symptoms of ADHD have reduced brain size”

Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds

Study confirms gender differences in how teachers perceive playfulness — and provides insights into the potentially damaging effects of discouraging playful behavior in the classroom. Continue reading “Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds”

Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task

Though their purpose and function are still largely unknown, mirror neurons in the brain are believed by some neuroscientists to be central to how humans relate to each other. Deficiencies in mirror neurons might also play a role in autism and other disorders affecting social skills. Continue reading “Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task”

Behavior problems and concussion in young children

Concussions are a major public health problem because of their high number in adolescents and athletes who practice contact sports. Their frequency is increased in preschool children since they have a more blurred notion of danger and are therefore more likely to be injured.

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Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. Continue reading “Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report”

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared with their classmates who did not participate.  Continue reading “Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness”

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes

A comprehensive review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood education suggests that the instructional practices of preschool teachers have the largest impact on young children’s academic and social skills. The review helps untangle a complicated knot of factors that affect young children.

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