Autism and activity: keeping it up

Psychologists Jez Janda and James Smolinski show how increasing physical activity among children with autism spectrum condition can transform the way interventions are delivered in the community.

Vitamin D lack in mothers associated with ADHD in children

Low levels of maternal vitamin D in early pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study.

Autism clinical part 2: the hidden disability

In the second of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon takes a fresh look at Asperger syndrome, and asks how you can offer understanding and support.

England: ‘five praises a day’ leads to better behaved children

Children who are praised by their parents at least five times a day are better behaved, calmer and more attentive than those who are not.

Understanding autism

In the first of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon asks how well we are supporting autistic children and their families.

Finland: Stress in pregnancy linked to child personality disorders

Children born to women who experience severe stress when pregnant are more likely to develop a personality disorder by the age of 30, a new study suggests.

Sweden: Anaemia in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of children’s autism and ADHD

A cohort study looking at more than 500,000 children and their mothers has linked maternal anaemia early in pregnancy with an increased risk of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disability in the child.

Denmark: MMR vaccine does not cause autism: reconfirmed

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of cases following vaccination.

UK: inquiry demands tighter social media regulation

#NewFilters, the first national inquiry examining the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, has called for tighter regulations on social media.

A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

England: baby-weaning campaign will boost mothers’ confidence

A new campaign to help parents introduce their babies to solid foods has been launched by Public Health England (PHE). Its survey revealed that more than one in four mothers lack confidence in doing so.

Northern Ireland: child autism diagnoses double in five years

The number of children being diagnosed with autism has more than doubled in five years, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Canada: parents feed screen-time sedentary behaviour

Parents using screen time as a reward or punishment for pre-schoolers might be feeding their attraction to screens, a study has found.

USA: August babies more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at school

Children who start school as the youngest in their year are far more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, scientists say.

Canada: most babies don’t sleep through the night

Research has shown that most healthy babies aren’t sleeping through the night – even at one year old.

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.

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