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Babies' brains: is it really blue for boys and pink for girls? - Telegraph

Babies' brains: is it really blue for boys and pink for girls? - Telegraph | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Are boys' and girls' brains fundamentally different? Ian Douglas looks at the science behind sex stereotypes. good, balanced piece
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Sleep patterns in children with autistic spectrum disorders: a prospective cohort study -- Humphreys et al. -- Archives of Disease in Childhood

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Sometimes it's useful to have confirmed what everybody who works in a field already knows . The interesting nugget here is that the sleep disturbance typically starts at 30 months. May be reassuring for parents blaming themselves for children's sleep problems

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Genes Aren't Just Architects; They're Actors

Genes Aren't Just Architects; They're Actors | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
I've a feature on "The Social Life of Genes" coming out in Pacific Standard next week, which I discussed yesterday on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show. Here, while that feature is in queue, is a look at ...
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Very interesting, and important distinction between gene possession and gene expression drawn.

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Downs Side Up: What to Say When a Baby is Born with Down's Syndrome

Downs Side Up: What to Say When a Baby is Born with Down's Syndrome | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Your friends have had a Baby with a Diagnosis of Down's Syndrome. What next?
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Lovely insight from mother of a beautiful girl- what to say when a baby is born with Down's

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The World Outside: Experiencing the world through the eyes of autism

The World Outside: Experiencing the world through the eyes of autism | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt from Issue 12 of Guru Magazine, a Wellcome-Trust supported digital ‘science-lifestyle’ periodical available for free at gurumagazine.org and via Apple Newsstand and Goog...
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This is a great article, realy tries to get inside the autistic person's perception

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Irregular bedtimes associated with worse cognitive function in preschool children

Irregular bedtimes associated with worse cognitive function in preschool children | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Sleep research finds that lack of routine, which might impair early development, affects girls more than boys
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Fewer minority kids diagnosed with ADHD

Fewer minority kids diagnosed with ADHD | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
In Ny, Black and Hispanic children are half as likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as their white peers, according to a new study. This is the opposite pattern to London.
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Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy

Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Aid agencies that promote one-off counselling sessions after major traumas only prolong victims' suffering
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Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit

Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Could what looks like A.D.H.D. be a sleep disorder in disguise?
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An interesting article making an important point: I have 3 reservations

1) sets up false dichotomy between ADHD and sleep issues, where usually co-exist

2) Most trials of adenotonsilectomy have not shown anything like the effect on behaviour quoted

3) Having rung the bell for evidence-based practice, the author then presents his own anecdotal case treated off-label and without evidence.

Great point about clonidine, though.

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Children with autism can track others' beliefs in a ... [Dev Sci. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

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Raises questions about the nature of the ToM deficit in autism- is it a relative weakness or a lack?

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Late Preterm Birth, Maternal Depression, and Risk of Preschool Psychiatric Disorders

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Volume 52, Issue 3, Pages 309-318, March 2013, Authors:Cynthia E. Rogers, M.D.; Shannon N. Lenze, Ph.D.; Joan L. Luby, M.D.
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Important to bear in mind the mental health aspects of preterm birth, as always

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Maths For Babies? not convinced

Maths For Babies? not convinced | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
so the study shows that babies who notice a change in number end up with better maths skills. but why is this not just noticing change. I.e. general intelligence? have I missed something?
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How gender influences the autism brain — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

How gender influences the autism brain — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
interesting if rather speculative and bio-centric account of sex differences in autism
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Consciousness is a Process

Consciousness is a Process | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least...
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Brilliant stuff, really digging into consciousness' boundaries

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Diet in the early years of life influences cognitive outcomes at ten years: a prospective cohort study - Nyaradi - Acta Paediatrica - Wiley Online Library

Diet in the early years of life influences cognitive outcomes at ten years: a prospective cohort study - Nyaradi - Acta Paediatrica - Wiley Online Library | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Study providing powerful evidence for a public health focus on early nutrition.
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Developmental changes in effects of risk and valence on adolescent decision-making

Interesting paper exploring the detail of adolescent risk taking
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Inkfish: Decapitated Worms Regrow Heads with Memories Still Inside

Inkfish: Decapitated Worms Regrow Heads with Memories Still Inside | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Memories encoded outside the brain in these remarkable worms
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DSM-5 may better serve girls with autism — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

DSM-5 may better serve girls with autism — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Makes good points about gender-bias of previous descriptions of Asd, but we should be wary of seeking out abnormality where there is no impairment.
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Childhood trauma and abuse is the smoking of psychiatry » The Mental Elf

Childhood trauma and abuse is the smoking of psychiatry » The Mental Elf | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
A blog from Professor Simon Hatcher on the recent systematic review by Selph et al published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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The role of siblings in children’s mental health » The Mental Elf

The role of siblings in children’s mental health » The Mental Elf | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
A new Dutch meta-analysis about the sibling relationship; “one of the most neglected relationships in psychological research and practice”
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Overstimulation of newborn mice leads to behavioral differences and deficits in cognitive performance

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interesting findings but beware extrapolating to humans

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B3n3's comment, April 30, 2013 11:52 AM
Agreed, this is always the problem. I thought you might find this article interesting as it discusses the paper above. http://henschlab.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/bilimoria-et-al-2012.pdf
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Neglect may be as harmful as physical and emotional abuse, according to new systematic review » The Mental Elf

Neglect may be as harmful as physical and emotional abuse, according to new systematic review » The Mental Elf | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
This research in PLoS Medicine emphasises the need for preventive strategies and for making such prevention a political priority globally
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Video games 'teach dyslexic children to read' - Telegraph.co.uk

Video games 'teach dyslexic children to read' - Telegraph.co.uk | Child development and so on | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Video games 'teach dyslexic children to read' Telegraph.co.uk After just 12 hours of gameplay, dyslexic children were able to read an additional 0.39 syllables per second than they could previously – an improvement that would take...

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Now stop being rude about gamers/ panicking about screens

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