Articles containing: child development

Q+A: Is My Son Hyperactive and Unfocused, or Just Being a Boy?

November 26, 2018


Question: My child’s teacher told me that she’s worried about my son’s behavior at school. She said he’s hyperactive and unfocused. I think he’s just being a boy. I took him to our pediatrician who said we could wait and see before putting him on medication. I liked that idea.

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Shrinking It Down: Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior

November 21, 2018


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Rewards. Punishments. Incentives. What parent hasn’t used one or all of these when trying to navigate challenging behavior in their kids? These might be great strategies when the root of the problem is a lack of motivation.

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Let’s Talk About “Eighth Grade”

August 8, 2018


Lots of things crossed my mind as I cringed and smiled my way through Bo Burnham’s amazing new film, Eighth Grade.

First – and this particular sentiment was a near-constant refrain – I found myself swimming in gratitude that I was no longer in 8th grade myself.

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Shrinking It Down: Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost (Season 1, Episode 12)

April 18, 2018


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Is creativity important for human relationships? We don’t just think so, we know it! Think about it, yourself: What does it mean when you watch a movie with family or create music with friends?

On this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr.

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Emerging Technologies and the Frontiers of Autism Research

March 26, 2018



Many parents these days are worried about their children’s use of digital media. One of the most common concerns is that using tablets and smartphones to communicate with others will result in loss of social skills.

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The Importance of Stories for Child Health

November 21, 2017


Stories matter.

That’s not just an opinion.  That’s not an axiom or a homily or a saying or even a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

That’s a genuine biological imperative.

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Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 24, 2017


Christopher Keary, MD; Lisa Nowinski PhD; Christopher McDougle, MD

Sam is an adorable 5-year-old boy with curly brown hair and large inquisitive eyes. As a baby, Sam was easy! He rarely cried and seemed to entertain himself for hours – the perfect first child. But by his 1st birthday, Sam was not yet talking.

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What Are Some Of The Major Theories Of Development?

March 3, 2016


When child development experts talk about the study of development, they have in mind some fundamental theories of development that were codified by brilliant clinicians and scientists well before we had the technology to correlate them to brain development.

In this post, we’ll pay homage to these theorists.

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The Plight Of Homeless Children In The United States

February 27, 2015

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This is the first blog post of a series in collaboration with the Lesley University Child Homelessness Initiative (CHI). For more information about the CHI curriculum, and the ways in which it seeks to empower the next generation of teachers and caregivers to understand and advocate for homeless children, visit http://www.lesley.

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What Is Child Development?

September 18, 2013


When Suzie was 4 years old, she was so excited.

The families in her neighborhood had all chosen the same crisp Sunday to rake all of the fallen autumn leaves.

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