Friday, November 27, 2009

New research suggests children exposed prenatally to tobacco are at risk for developing ADHD. In addition, lead exposure during childhood also increases the risk. The study estimates that up to 35 percent of ADHD cases in children between the ages of 8 and 15 could be reduced by eliminating both of these environmental exposures.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Recent research conducted at the University of Washington Autism Center found that mothers of children with autism had higher levels of parenting-related stress and psychological distress than mothers of children with developmental delay. In addition, children's problem behavior was associated with increases in both parenting-related stress and distress in parents of both autistic children and developmentally delayed children, but this relationship was stronger in mothers of children with autism.

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Parenting-Related Stress in Mothers of Autistic Children

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New study to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that overactive parenting (e.g., yelling or harsh criticism) can lead to higher levels of aggression or rule-breaking behavior in children.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recent study finds modernization affects a child's cognitive development, particularly in areas such as pattern recognition, certain types of memory function, and more complex sequences of play. Click on link to see full article:

This recent research might help with the diagnosis of Autism. Researchers found Autistic children show a slower pupil response to light change. Click on link for full article:

Children with Autism Show Slower Pupil Resposes

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Recent research suggests Major Depression can be chronic in children as young as three years old. Click on link to see full story:

Major Depression and Children
Interesting writing study suggests a link between motor-skill problems and Autistic children. Click on link to read full story: