USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

Denmark: poorer children more likely to commit violent crime or self-harm

Children from poorer families are at greater risk of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves as young adults, a study has shown.

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Consumer overload

Could it be time to return to a more back-to-basics culture, given the pressure parents face to buy goods before their child is even born, regardless of necessity or affordability? Journalist Beverley D’Silva reports. 

Junk food ads banned on London transport

Adverts for junk food will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
 

USA: autism biomarkers show up in blood test

Biomarkers can be detected in some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may lead to earlier diagnosis and even targeted dietary therapy.

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

Health visitor feedback on a structured, behavioural training for working with families of children with behaviour problems

Margiad Williams and Judy Hutchings questioned HVs who delivered a skills programme for parents to effectively address behavioural problems. 

Wales: smacking ban splits public down the middle

Public opinion is divided on proposals for a smacking ban.

Australia: poor body image rises along with children’s hormones

Children as young as eight are vulnerable to poor body image as hormone levels rise with the onset of puberty, new research has found.

USA: violence in pregnancy predicts aggression in toddlers

Children born to mothers who experience violence in pregnancy are more likely to show aggression towards their mothers as toddlers.

USA: browbeating picky eaters makes no difference to behaviour or weight

Pressuring fussy children to eat food they dislike does not change their behaviour or their weight, a study has found.

Wales: life with learning disabilities targeted

The way services are delivered for people living with learning disabilities is to be transformed.

Northern Ireland: specialists to help parent-baby bonding

A new service to support parents struggling to bond with their babies has been offered by two specialist health visitors in infant mental health at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Youth violence: a fighting chance

Why is knife and other youth violence on such an upward trajectory, and can a public health approach, which is being hailed as the answer, really help? Journalist Phil Harris investigates.

England: autism not linked to antenatal fish consumption

Eating fish during pregnancy does not increase the likelihood of a child having autism, scientists have found.

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