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Healthy Development

Parenting After Adoption [web resource]

Adoption is a lifelong process. Families often need additional support at various times after placement and after the adoption is legally finalized. Families may need services as a child develops and as normal development, adjustment, and adoption-related issues arise. This article from find resources for adoptive families that explain what to expect at various developmental stages. Read more ›

Zero to Three Report Ranks Which States Give Babies the Strongest Start in Life

For the 12 million infants and toddlers in the United States, the state where they are born and raised during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life. Read more ›

Can Preventing Childhood Trauma Improve Adult Health?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented. Read more ›

Does My Child Need Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Written by Vibha Pathak, Occupational Therapist, OTD, OTR/L

Every morning Marsha, age 10, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and it is a battle to get to school on time.

After multiple reminders to brush her teeth, change her clothes, eat her breakfast and pack her school bag, Marsha drags her feet and asks her mom if she can stay home today. Read more ›

California Pushes Back School Start Times for Middle and High School Students

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Sunday that pushes school start times later. Under the new law, middle schools will start classes at 8 a.m. or after, while high schools will start classes at 8:30 a.m. or after. Optional early classes will still be allowed.
The law applies to public and charter schools, though rural school districts are exempt. The new start times go into effect by July 1, 2022, or when a school’s collective bargaining agreement with its employees expires, whichever is later. Read more ›

Positive Screen for Autism Often Does Not Spur Further Evaluation

More than two-thirds of toddlers flagged for autism at doctor visits do not get assessed for the condition by specialists, according to a study of more than 13,000 children1. Read more ›

Impact of Screen Time on Children’s Brain Development — What We Know So Far

Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight

According to Marlene Schwartz, a psychologist and the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, a child’s immediate family can be a common source of fat shaming, or commenting negatively on the child’s weight. Read more ›

Parenting With C.A.L.M.

Written by Joan Baran, PhD, Clinical Director at CHC

When we think of teens maturing, we think of all the changes they are going through: bodies growing, thinking becoming more abstract, and peers’ views considered increasingly important. Read more ›

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