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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

Interview: Just Mercy Author Bryan Stevenson Advocates Social Justice at CEHD Reads Event

As the author of the critically acclaimed book Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is one of America‚Äôs leading advocates for social justice and legal […]
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Four Tips for Setting Effective Educational Goals

As a former special education teacher, I found that setting educational goals for students was an effective way for them to achieve realistic objectives. By breaking down a specific goal […]
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Project ADAPT Improves Parental Self-Efficacy and Child Adjustment in Military Families

In my last post for, I outlined keys to effective parenting in the face of stress and trauma. Parenting can be especially challenging for service members returning home because […]
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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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