Therapy Dogs Reduce Stress in Autistic Children

A new study by researchers at the Universite of Montreal published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reveals that Autistic children who are exposed to the presence of a therapy dog have reduced stress levels. “Our findings showed that the dogs had a clear impact on the children’s stress hormone levels,” says Sonia Lupien, senior researcher and […]

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TV and Video Game Time Associated with Psychological Problems

A recent study published in Pediatrics indicates that children who watch television or play computer games more than two hours a day have a higher risk for psychological problems.  This study examined over 1000 children between 10 and 11 years of age, they are given a questionnaire regarding their television and computer game time, emotional state, […]

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Autism, Asperger’s and Family Life

In the Parenting section of our website, we try to talk about topics of interest to all parents rather than parents facing one particular issue.  But this month, our article turns the scope on families dealing with Autistic Spectrum conditions.  Specifically, our goal this month is to understand some things that happen to other members […]

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Childhood ADHD May Predict Depression and Suicidality

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that children diagnosed with ADHD between 4 to 6 years old were at higher risk of developing depression and suicidality in their teen years.  Girls were at especially higher risk than boys.  Patients with Attention Deficit Disorder have different subtypes, with and without Hyperactivity.  […]

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Remember, Mistakes are for Learning

It’s not easy to catch a baseball.  Ask any four-year old.  You have to keep your eyes tracking this small object hurtling at you through space, constantly separating the shape and color of the ball from other distracting colors and shapes, meanwhile, moving your hands and arms to match the ball’s arc across the sky […]

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Pertussis Vaccination Should Include Parents and Caretakers

Recently there has been a lot of news about the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak; there has been a concerted effort to vaccinate all children against this potentially life-threatening disease.  Pertussis causes severe coughing episodes in children and infants; infants under 6 months of age are at highest risk because they are not fully vaccinated and […]

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How to Survive Sleepovers

It’s inevitable. If you have children they will eventually ask if they can have a friend, or friends, spend the night. For those who remember being a child and sleeping over at a friends’ house and the chaos that ensued, you may be wondering how to survive sleepovers. Sleepovers can be a great deal of […]

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