Depression is a mood disorder that affects people of all ages, including children and adolescents. It is estimated that it affects 2 in 100 children, and 8 in 100 teens. When a child seems sad, it doesn't necessarily mean he or she has depression, but it’s important that we know how to recognize when there is potential problem. Keep in mind that while depression is a serious illness, it is also a treatable one.
Read on to learn how to recognize the signs.
Anxiety disorder is a condition that can affect people of all ages, including children. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder in children, affecting as many as ten percent of young people.
Read on to learn the warning signs.
Remember, reading time can be a great way to bond with your child. When reading, act out the parts, be silly, and make some noise (animal sounds, car sounds, etc.). Get your child involved by asking questions e.g. “What happens next?”’ “What does the cow say?”. Often times kids this age will want to hear the same story over and over. This is totally OK - it is calming and reassuring, and helps with memorizing words.
The holidays are fun and festive, but also frantic, busy, and full of things that may not be so fun for kids on the autism spectrum or who have sensory sensitivity. Read on to find out how you can help reduce stressors, and make their holiday time happier.
Making and keeping friends is vital for kids. Friendship helps children grow emotionally and developmentally, because it teaches critical social skills such as cooperation, communication, problem solving, and emotional control, which are important all through life. Friendship is also a crucial form of acceptance, and gives kids a sense of belonging and connectedness at school.
Screening for developmental cognitive disorders is a complicated task, and one that is currently accomplished using standardized questionnaires that utilize simple rules manually prepared by specialists. A standardized test might, for example, add up the scores for all the answers in a questionnaire and compare the sum to a fixed threshold in order to produce a screening outcome.
Here at Cognoa we employ more sophisticated methods, leveraging the emerging technology of **machine learning** to create screening algorithms that are more effective, more specialized, and better able to adapt to the dynamics of the real world.
Reading books to young children is such a great thing on so many levels. It introduces them to letters and words, and connects pictures to words, and even feelings to words. It’s a wonderful way to relax, learn, inspire curiosity, and build closeness.
If your child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, learning difference, or disability, chances are he or she may need some additional support in the classroom, or additional services at school such as speech therapy, counseling, or additional instruction in reading or math.
By law (specifically the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or “IDEA”) your child has a right to these services. Here’s a summary of what you need to know:
The settling-down process may start for many families right after dinner, with perhaps a walk to the park, followed by some relaxing play such as crafting or doing puzzles, etc., eventually getting to the last half-hour before bed. The ideas here are for
The prevalence of developmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has increased and the trend continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported ASD incidence at 1 in 150 in 2000, which increased to 1 in 68 in 2012. Innovat
While waking up in the middle of the night is very normal for some toddlers, it can nonetheless be extremely frustrating and exhausting for parents. Here are some tips that may help your child get a better night’s sleep and keep them asleep throughout the
As adults, we always hear about how important it is for us to get exercise, but it is also important for children to exercise during the day to help them sleep better at night, and for good health in general. Even if your child is active and running aroun
If your child is having a hard time falling or staying asleep, what they are ingesting during the day, or right before bed, just might be the culprit. Here’s a quick list of seven foods to watch out for!