• Preventing or Combating Fever During Pregnancy Reduces the Risk for Autism and Developmental Delays

    At BIPR, Zero to Five and Therapeutic Preschool services encourage successful, healthy cognitive and social development in children. Children who benefit from these services include those on the autistic spectrum. Recent research by a team at University of California-Davis shows that fever during pregnancy increases a child’s risk to have autism or a developmental delay. […]

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  • Could childhood stress affect brain areas important for cognitive processes?

    In a recent study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers found that stress could be the cause of delays in children’s brain development by reducing white and grey matter important for cognitive processes. BIPR’s efforts to facilitate children’s successful neurological development  include Zero to Five Services, child psychotherapy services and Therapeutic Preschool Services at […]

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  • How much money is saved if one at-risk child is kindergarten ready?

    This exciting new report commissioned by the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and conducted by Wilder Research concluded that for every at-risk child in Detroit that is kindergarten ready there is a savings for taxpayers of 100,000. This took into account lifetime educational costs, social service expenditures, and the cost to the criminal […]

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  • Blood Tests to Accurately Diagnose Depression?

    The Atlantic recently reported on a Journal article published in Molecular Psychiatry (Assessment of a Multi-Assay, Serum-Based Biological Diagnostic Test for Major Depressive disorder: a Pilot and Replication Study) that explains a new technique to diagnose depression from blood samples using nine biological markers.  In the original study and the replication study, it appears to […]

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  • Brain Imaging Data on Autistic Spectrum Toddlers

    In BIPR’s &  First Presbyterian Preschool’s collaborative classroom, “Connections,”  we typically have between one or two children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  We are therefore always trying to keep abreast of new findings in brain imaging in Autistic Children as well as exploring state-of-the-art interventions and teaching techniques.  This interesting article in Science Daily reports on […]

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  • Which memories are consolidated during sleep?

    Next month our study group will be looking at the neurobiology of sleep and dreaming and how we can use that with our clients.  This has me searching the literature both in the popular media and in professional journals for exciting new findings.  This article refines what we have known about memory consolidation.  It makes […]

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  • A Method for Dealing with Test-Taking Anxiety

    This article in Science news details an interesting technique for dealing with test-taking anxiety.  Students spent 10 minutes writing down their fears about taking the test just prior to the exam.  Students who experienced test-taking anxiety  and who used this techniques performed as well as students who had no test taking anxiety.  For our readers […]

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  • Interesting NY Times article about expanding the hippocampus

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/health/research/08fitness.html?src=me&ref=homepage So often, in our conferences and seminars we have talked about the negative impact of trauma on the brain and specifically on the hippocampus.  This article tells of a helpful activity that may help with hippocampus growth.  We are hoping it will improve our memory functions!  Happy walking.

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  • Consistency in Setting Limits

    Q. I am a working mother who is employed approximately 20 hours per week. When I get home, I have a very difficult time setting limits with my 2 year old son. I have been away all morning and I hate for us to have any conflicts when I get home.  Sometimes I just give […]

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