April 04, 2014

7:30 AM | Do television and video games impact on the wellbeing of younger children?
We’re often bombarded with panicky stories in the news about the dangers of letting children watch too much television or play too many video games. The scientific reality is that we still know very little about how the use of electronic media affects childhood behaviour and development. A new study from a team of international researchers led by Trina Hinkley at Deakin University might help to provide us with new insights.The study used data from 3,600 children from across Europe, taken […]
4:30 AM | Autism: Some Basic Knowledge
When choosing topics that I was interested in for giving a talk on in class Autism or ASD came to mind first. Throughout junior high and high school there were two kids in my class that were part of the special education department, one had Down’s syndrome and the other was extremely autistic. Unlike some […]

April 02, 2014

8:00 AM | Inflated praise for your children: an 'incredibly' bad idea?
When you’ve done something good, or performed a task well, it feels great to get some praise for it. And parents and teachers, especially in Western cultures, are encouraged to dole out praise to children in an increasingly generous manner. A drawing might not just be 'good', it might be 'incredible'. That song wasn’t just 'beautiful', it was 'epic'. Such praise is often given with the best intentions, particularly in the belief that positive feedback, especially for children who […]
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