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Talking to your child about mental health and mental illness: Consider their age group, talk openly, and additional tips

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in every 5 adults in the US suffers from mental illness. And those who don’t suffer personally, likely know someone who does. This means that, inevitably, your kids will at some point encounter a mental illness, be it a personal…

How-to be an authoritative parent: 3 strategies (Video)

Authoritative parents have high expectations but also respond to the emotional needs of their kids. They set clear rules, utilize positive reinforcement, and encourage independence. Read: Back to Basics, Child Therapy According to Developmental Psychologist Dr. Diana Baumrind, authoritative parenting is the “optimal” parenting style, as it enables kids to build…

Learning disabilities appear differently in kids and teens: Here are the signs and symptoms for both age groups

Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities can change with age; it’s important we understand these differences in presentation among children and teens. Common learning disabilities among children include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and processing issues. Those who struggle in these areas can struggle with reading, writing, working with numbers, and processing…

Traffic-related air pollution can increase anxiety in children (Video)

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution can contribute to anxiety in children. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center studied brain MRIs from 145 children with an average age of 12 years old. They looked specifically at levels of the metabolite Myo-Inositol, or MI: as increases…

Machine learning algorithm identifies depression and anxiety in children with 80% accuracy—could be used to create a smartphone app that helps detect mental illness in kids

A machine learning algorithm was used to analyze children’s speech and identify depression and/or anxiety with 80% accuracy. Three features proved to indicate these illnesses: low pitch, repeated speech inflections and subject, and a higher pitch when surprised. Kids came up with a three-minute story on the spot, of which…

80% of kids/teens aren’t as physically active as they should be. (Video)

Most kids and teens aren’t getting enough physical activity.Read: Back to Basics, Child Therapy Researchers from the University of Jyvaskyla and LIKES Research Center for Physical Activity and Health analyzed activity levels in different age groups. They discovered that children and adolescents are becoming increasingly less active. The team says…

Youth football helmets need more front padding (Video)

Most youth football helmets lack sufficient front padding. This, from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, which rated every youth football helmet on the market. Only seven of these helmets received a perfect score for effectively reducing head acceleration during impact. Those with lower ratings typically had front padding that was…