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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kids’ brains reorganize as math skills develop

Dispatch – Lauren Neergaard

“Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just knew the answer. Now, scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication pays off.” (more)

Fitness May Boost Kids’ Brainpower

MSN Healthy Living – Randy Dotinga

“Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids’ minds.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Science of young brains has put more emphasis on early education

The Dallas News – Jeffrey Weiss

“A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants.” (more)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Childhood mental health disabilities on the rise

WWLP – Val Wadas-Willingham

“Over the past half century, the prevalence of childhood disabilities in the United States has been on the rise, possibly due to an increased awareness about these issues. Now a study published in this week’s online issue of Pediatrics suggests the nature of those newly diagnosed disabilities is changing.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘Scans chart how quickly babies’ brains grow’

BBC News – Smitha Mundasad

“Human brains grow most rapidly just after birth and reach half their adult size within three months, according to a study in JAMA Neurology.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Music education helps kids improve language, reading

Press TV – Staff Writer

“A new research has demonstrated that learning to play a musical instrument or singing can lead to improved reading and foreign language skills. US researchers suggested that neural connections made during musical training can promote the brain for other aspects of human communication.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brains At Play

GPB News – John Poole

“Panksepp and others think the lack of play is a serious problem. Especially at younger ages. And particularly in school settings. Without play, we know that other species become quick to aggression and have trouble “fitting in.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

The Mercury News – Jessica Yadegaran

“So we enlisted three specialists — a psychologist, a pediatrician and a magazine editor — to help us rephrase and redirect our intentions. Here are five common phrases and their more appropriate — and effective — alternatives.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Knowing languages: the more the merrier

Gulf News – David Shariatmadari

“Learning another language is wonderful…if you have the opportunity to learn — or, better still, pass on — a language, then grab it with both hands.” (more)