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understanding the developing brain

Getting children off to a good start impacts a host of lifelong physical, emotional, social and economic issues.

Understanding the developing brains of infants and children helps unlock the causes and treatment for serious problems such as impulse control, learning disabilities and autism. A landmark longitudinal study of childhood attachment and resilience continues to inform the field of child development in Minnesota and around the world.

Researchers in the top-ranked Institute of Child Development translate this cutting-edge research into practice for early childhood professionals, family counselors, psychologists, schools and health centers.

Stories from those who are Improving Lives

When a Child Requests Assistance: A Guide for Parents

A request for assistance is a communicative act produced by the child in order to indicate the desire to have an individual provide him or her with help while engaged […]
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Addressing Social Determinants for Native American Academic Success

In my last post in 2014, I touched on the serious issues and social barriers impacting Native American youth development. Native youth experience inequalities in society every day, and it […]
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Meet the 2017 CEHD Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Each year, the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) honors the exemplary work of our former students in their respective fields. Working in fields like education, social work, health […]
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Overcoming Infant Trauma
Professor Dante Cicchetti

For over 30 years, child development Professor Dante Cicchetti has studied the consequences of child maltreatment and neglect, as well as the conditions that lead to resilience. He has developed a new intervention designed to improve parent-child relations in maltreated infants, a key factor in reducing the physiological causes of toxic stress.

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