It’s a comment we often hear in response to stories of child neglect: that parenting should require a licence. Researchers say that while the suggestion is based on concern for children, it is fraught with problems.
Injuries have overtaken infectious disease as the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and psychologists have the research needed to help predict and prevent deadly childhood mishaps.
A day camp in Nashville uses “constraint-induced therapy” to help kids who have physical weakness on one side — often because of a stroke or cerebral palsy — gain strength and independence. (Image credit: Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio)
When she was 19, Renee Bach founded a charity that went on to care for over 900 severely malnourished babies and children, Now she is being sued by two of the mothers whose children died. (Image credit: Julia Rendleman for NPR)
Pittsburgh International Airport has opened a 1500-square-foot “sensory space” to help people on the autism spectrum decompress during travel. Soothing colors, and private soundproof rooms are a hit. (Image credit: Courtesy of Pittsburgh International Airport)
In war-torn Yemen, mothers who bring a sickly baby to the hospital are often reporting that they are unable to breastfeed. (Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR)
A new study looks at the prevalence of abnormal thyroid function in youth with severe mood and anxiety disorder. It is the largest study to date of this population and will help mental health professionals better understand the predictors of abnormal thyroid function, like weight gain, family history, or treatment with specific medications.
Pivotal response treatment involving parents works better than other existing therapies at motivating children with autism and significant speech delays to talk, according to the results of a large study.
Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioral problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.
An interdisciplinary team in San Francisco uses acupressure, massage, counseling and other methods, as well as medicine, to help kids get relief from chronic pain. But such pediatric centers are rare. (Image credit: Alison Kodjak/NPR)