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Research

Why the Preteen Years Are a Critical Period for Brain Development

Aside from experiencing physical changes, preteens also undergo a brain growth spurt much like toddlers. Ron Dahl, who directs the Institute for Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that adolescence is actually a second opportunity to invest in children because of the enormous brain development during this period. Read more ›

NIH Study Suggests Children of Mothers With PCOS May Be at Higher Risk for Anxiety, ADHD

Children born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be at higher risk for anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavioral problems, compared to children whose mothers do not have the infertility disorder, according to National Institutes of Health researchers. Read more ›

Kids Who Blame Themselves for Mom’s Sadness Are More Likely to Face Depression and Anxiety

Even if she doesn’t say it, I know it’s my fault that my mother gets sad.”

Kids who believe comments like this – assuming blame for their mom’s sadness or depression – are more likely to face depression and anxiety themselves, a new study led by Southern Methodist University has found. Read more ›

How Sleep Helps Teens Deal With Social Stress

A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good — beyond helping them stay awake in class. Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations. Read more ›

ADHD Diagnoses Increasing in Black Kids, Report Suggests

For the first time, a U.S. survey found that black children appear to be more likely than white kids to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. Read more ›

Report: Safety Tip Lines Flag Bullying, Drug Use, Suicide Risk [downloadable]

More schools are using safety tips lines, but not just for gun violence prevention — the technology is addressing bullying, drug use and suicide risk among students. Read more ›

Coronavirus Anxiety? We Can Help.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sickened people across the globe, and there are no clear answers about how many people the virus will affect, whether it can be contained, how long it will last, or when a vaccine might be available. Read more ›

Study: Skateboarding Fosters 21st Century, SEL Skills

Partnerships between schools and skateboarding nonprofits, acknowledging the diversity among the skateboarding community, and linking skateboarders to internships and opportunities to use the skills they’ve developed through the sport are among recommendations researchers at the University of Southern California offer in a new report. Read more ›

Video-Game Therapy May Help Treat ADHD, Study Finds

A new video-game therapy has shown promise in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new study. Read more ›

Teachers Use Meditation to Inspire and Calm

Over the past five years, “mindfulness” programs have exploded in popularity. In Grand Blanc, Mich., first-graders are breathing to the sound of Tibetan music before class. In Albuquerque, second-graders sniff and speak about raisins before eating them. In Yellow Springs, Ohio, students can choose yoga as an alternative to detention.

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