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.

Netherlands: Aggression and rule-breaking is rarer in children of older parents

Children of older parents tend to have fewer externalising behaviour problems than children of younger parents, a study suggests.

UK: Emotional struggles predict temper tantrums in two-year-olds

Mothers who suffered from stress and anxiety in the antenatal period are more likely to see their child display behavioural problems such as temper tantrums, restlessness and spitefulness, according to a study.

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.

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.

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