Scientists already know early lead exposure can slow a child’s cognitive and language development. Findings show lead’s impact is especially strong for children in families also facing socioeconomic challenges.
Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder face increased risk of injury when they wander away from adults who care for them. Even when parents take safety precautions such as installing window bars at home, studies show parents’ fear of their children wandering is a significant source of stress for families. New research suggests that electronic tracking devices worn by children may reduce how often children…
Taking folic acid supplements throughout pregnancy may improve psychological development in children, new research suggests.
Speech or language impairments may not be the cause of more frequent tantrums in children with autism, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings could help parents of children with autism seek out the best treatment for behavior problems. Children with autism experience more tantrums than children without, according to the researchers, and speech therapists, preschool teachers, parents and others often blame…
A new survey reveals that 58 percent of American teens report taking significant breaks from social media, and that many of these breaks are voluntary. The findings are drawn from a broader Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey that explores teens’ social media, messaging, and video content habits, with a special focus on understanding if and why teens take breaks from the social…
A father’s depression has a direct effect on both internalized and externalized behavioral problems in adolescents, according to a recent study.
More use of technology led to increases in attention, behavior and self-regulation problems over time for adolescents already at risk for mental health issues, a new study finds. However, on days that adolescents spent more time using digital technologies they were less likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The age of the father at the time his children are born may influence their social development, suggests a study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Analyzing social behaviors of children from early childhood until adolescence, researchers found that those whose father was either very young or older at conception differed in…
Children in low-income families have an increased chance of thriving when their caregiver relationships include certain positive characteristics, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Using data from more than 2,200 low-income families surveyed as part of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, NCCP researchers found that school-age children who…
Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours. The team also found that if the maternal grandmother smoked, this increased by 53% the…