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In the Community—Welcoming a New Mental Health Services Space to East Palo Alto

clinical-services 510Children’s Health Council (CHC) mental health services coordinator Divier Wallace understands the importance of supporting his community.

“As someone who grew up in East Palo Alto during the 1990s when times were very tough, I am so pleased to be able to come back and work with my community to provide services for families in need, in their language of choice,” said Wallace, speaking at the recent grand opening of the new East Palo Alto office and clinical space of the Ravenswood Initiative, a CHC project. Read more ›

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Debate on LGBT Rights Contributed to Homophobic Bullying

bullyingresearch505Scientists have uncovered new evidence that heated political discourse over proposed laws involving marginalized groups, such as debates about the rights of LGBT people, can contribute to an increase in bullying linked to students’ identity in schools. It is the largest study to date to examine the link.

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New WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep for Children Under 5 Years of Age [downloadable]

WHO guidelines on screen time 483Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 24. Read more ›

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Playground Study: Making Recess More Inclusive for Kids with Autism

autism 481Recess, for most children, is synonymous with freedom. A break from class that has nothing to do with learning and everything to do with play.

For children with autism, the playground can be an isolating experience. The spontaneous soccer games, roving packs of friends and virtual buffet of activities can be chaotic, frustrating and confusing. Read more ›

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Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools

bullying school 480New federal data published by the Departments of Education and Justice show that 20% of students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school during the 2016-17 school year, the lowest since the federal government began collecting the information in 2005. The percentage of public schools that reported that student bullying occurred at least once a week also decreased, from 29% in the 1999-2000 school year to 12% in the 2015-16 school year. Read more ›

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An Act of Kindness Can Improve Your Mood in 12 Minutes

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We all have a remedy for lifting our spirits when we’re in a bad mood. Rather than focusing on ways to make ourselves feel better, a team of Iowa State University researchers suggests wishing others well. Read more ›

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Children at Risk of Depression and ADHD More Likely to Be Bullied

ADHD bullying 463Children at risk of developing mental health disorders such as depression and ADHD are more likely to be bullied, according to scientists. Read more ›

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Those With Autism

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better communicate and connect with others and the world around them is virtual reality. Read more ›

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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

graduation443Just what is all this scheming and obsession with status teaching children?

Getting an A in biology — and being awakened, in the process, to the wonders of the natural world — doesn’t matter if a committee of strangers at Stanford isn’t sufficiently impressed? Read more ›

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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Autism research 440Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. Read more ›

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