Developmental Science Well Before Its Time: Infant Cognition and Peter Pan

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Description: The character of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, the sum has been drawn upon within psychology to talk about aspects of certain disordered tendencies on the part of adult males to act in a childish, irresponsible manner. Written just after 1900 the original books about Peter Pan written by JM… Read more »

Drugs, Behavioral Treatment and ADHD in Young Children: Either, Or, And

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Description: Okay, quick, a good friend of yours says that their young child has been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD. They ask you what you think they should do. Should they go to physician to see about medication for their child or should they try and find someone who can talk some about behavioural approaches… Read more »

Is There Developmental Magic in Family Dinners?

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Description: Sitting down to dinner at least four times a week with at least one adult has consistently been shown to contribute powerfully to children’s resilience and to their general positive development. This is one of those findings where on its face it is not entirely clear what the underlying causal factors are that’s producing… Read more »

Autism Diagnosis and Culture: Context or Difference?

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Description: I’m not sure what your impression is, but if you’ve had some class discussion or have done some reading in relation to the process of diagnosing autism and young children then think for a minute about how such a diagnosis proceeds. What would you think of the suggestion that some of the core diagnostic… Read more »

Talking to Children About Terrorist Acts

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Description: Given the number of terrorist incidents occurring worldwide it is not surprising that a common question that parents ask of child psychologists involves wondering how to talk to their children about these global events particularly given the detailed coverage they are receiving. The article linked below involves interviews of the number of child development… Read more »

Electronic Pacifiers for Difficult Infants?

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Description: Parents of difficult infants and young children sometimes use television as a way of calming the children down when they become difficult to manage. Given the wide availability of other forms of electronics such as iPads what might you predict about their use by the parents of difficult infants and children? Source: iPads Often… Read more »

Bilinguals’ Expanding Developmental Advantages

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Description: There is pretty solid research evidence showing the cognitive developmental advantage among children who learn more than one language. More recent research, some undertaken by the author of the article linked below, looked at the relationship between being bilingual and the development of social skills. Before reading the article think a bit about what… Read more »

Parent Depression and Child Grades

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Depression, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intelligence.

Description: It is fairly well documented that students struggling with depression do not do as well in school when compared to the nondepressed peers. However, consider this question, how well will children do if one of their parents is depressed rather than the child themselves being depressed? Consider the question and then read the article… Read more »

Does Executive Function Coaching Make the Difference in Academic Performance?

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Description: Do you know what executive function is? Perhaps more importantly inlooking at your own academic performance or perhaps a child’s school performance with there be some value in hiring an executive function coach above and beyond finding a tutor in subjects where you were the child is struggling? This podcast from NPR looks at… Read more »

The Zika Virus and Micocephaly?

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Description: Have you heard about the Zika virus? You may have run across a reference to it as a new concern for travelers and aid to countries like Brazil. However, have you heard about the possibility that exposure to this virus might be linked to increased rates of microcephaly in babies born in these regions?… Read more »