Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr
06

Children’s Brains Need Omega-3

All of the cells in the body need essential fatty acids. They are especially important for young children and fetus in order for the brain to develop normally. Both omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fatty acids, it means that the body cannot create them, they must therefore be part of the diet. Mother’s milk contains …

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Apr
06

Baby Brain Map!

  Welcome to the Baby Brain Map, a ZERO TO THREE Web exclusive The Brain Map was adapted in 2006 by ZERO TO THREE from BrainWonders, a collaborative project (1998-2001) between Boston University School of Medicine, Erikson Institute and ZERO TO THREE. http://www.zerotothree.org/baby-brain-map.html

Apr
06

Mom’s Love Good For Children’s Brains

ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2012) — School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress.   http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120130170147.htm

Apr
06

Adult ADHD Myths, Prejudices

A Canadian newspaper recently ran an article about a woman finding out that her doctor, after being under his care for more than 30 years, admitted to having ADHD. She said, “It kind of blew my mind.” Her doctor didn’t fit her stereotype of an adult with ADHD. http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/11/9472.htm

Apr
06

Study Shows Gain In Writing By Sharing The Pen

While reading has been getting a lot of attention lately, the corollary skill of writing in the early grades is often overlooked.  People often assume that writing for young children means “handwriting.” Or they may envision writing as “writing down words” and practicing spelling. But there’s more to it than that. Young children need to practice writing …

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Apr
06

Love Key To Brain Development In Children

  Take the importance of mothers in the development of children. In the early days of psychiatry almost every mental illness, from depression to schizophrenia to autism was blamed on bad mothering. Then in the 1960’s and 70’s the discovery of medications that helped these illnesses allowed psychiatry to reframe them as biological conditions, no …

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Apr
06

New Autism Speaks Sleep Guidelines

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest tool kit: Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide. Written by ATN sleep experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), this free publication provides parents with strategies for improving sleep in children affected by …

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Apr
06

Autism Rates Rise to 1 in 88

If 1 out of 88 children are being diagnosed with Autism, is it really a disorder or is it a varient of “normal” development? What kind of brain are we growing in the age of electronics? After all ASD is a social communication disorder and when children spend more of their time interacting with electronics rather …

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