Early Childhood Archives - NWI
New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain
February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.
What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?
February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.
New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement
January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor
“Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems” is a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that outlines effective evidence-based interventions in child care. It covers some of the problems frequently seen in young children including reactive attachment disorder; disruptive behavior disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and anxiety and mood disorders. Lead author, Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Tulane University School of Medicine, points to evidence supporting therapy for young children, over treatment with psychotropic medications.
Viewpoint in Favor of Universal Home Visits
January 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this viewpoint piece, Martha Davis, MSS, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares her experiences as a home visitor and outlines the benefits of such programs in supporting families.
Perinatal mental health interventions deliver many economic and societal benefits
December 20, 2016 | Emily Taylor
Recent research funded by NHS England reviewed evidence on interventions designed to reduce mental health problems during the perinatal period to assess the interventions’ net benefit. The results support the investment in these early interventions as valuable for improved outcomes for mothers and children, as well as health and social care savings and overall societal benefit.
Research to Practice Brief: Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy
October 20, 2016 | Emily Taylor
A new Research to Practice Brief, “Including Relationship Based
Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy,” offers guidelines for implementing relationship-based care practices to help support the relationships between staff and the infants and toddlers in their care. The brief also highlights research supporting this focus on relationship-based care practices.
NIH-funded study reveals long-term emotional effects of poor sleep
August 5, 2016 | Emily Taylor
According to recent research, children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life.
New Recommendation: Limit Exposure to ‘virtual violence’ in children’s lives
August 1, 2016 | Emily Taylor
New guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics recommend limiting children’s exposure to “virtual violence” in video games and media. One recommendation is to “protect children under age six from all virtual violence, because they cannot always distinguish fantasy from reality”.
Dads play key role in child development
July 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor
Recent research by University of Michigan researchers tracks influence of both parents on child development. Researchers found that parents’ stress and mental health issues affect how parents interact with their children and, subsequently, childhood development.
Computer Game Helps Children with Severe Irritability
July 7, 2016 | Emily Taylor
Children with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) often misinterpret neutral facial expressions as angry. Researchers found a computer game could help children learn to more correctly interpret facial expressions.Read about how the computer game helps children correctly interpret facial expressions»