"In my research, I study the development of executive function skills, which are a crucial part of a child’s development. They help children regulate emotion, make decisions, and think critically. One way of promoting the development of healthy executive function skills is by encouraging children to practice mindfulness.
Working together with Jessie Forston at Learning Tree Yoga, my colleague and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Stephanie Carlson and I have created a curriculum for teaching the art of practicing mindfulness to young children. Practicing mindfulness helps them to understand the difference between being active and being calm, which can help them learn to relax, control their emotions and behavior, as well as improve their focus on tasks."
“While not all of the children we are ripping from their parents will suffer the full consequences of toxic stress, many may. The age of the child matters,” Gunnar said. Children under age 10 are of deep concern.
“Those under 5 should get us all running around with our hair on fire to get this practice stopped.”
The science of how “toxic” stress damages kids' brains has become well established in the last two decades. "Here, what we are doing is even worse, adding a traumatic break with a parent onto children, many of whom have already been traumatized where they left...This is an extremely high price for these children to pay who have done nothing wrong, simply so that the US can punish their parents as a deterrent to others,” said Gunnar.
“We need to stop this practice immediately and return these children to their parents so they can begin healing.”
Every year, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine asks thousands of doctors across the Twin Cities region a simple question: Which doctor would you choose if you or a loved one needed medical attention?
In 2018, we’re proud to announce that 151 University of Minnesota Health doctors representing 43 different medical specialties were selected by peers in their field for inclusion in the magazine’s Top Doctors edition. Three additional doctors representing University of Minnesota Physicians were also selected.
Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To us non-babies, it all sounds like charming, mysterious, gobbleydegook. To researchers, though, babbling is knowable, predictable, and best of all, teachable. This week, we'll find out how to decipher the vocabulary, and the behavior, of the newest members of the human family.
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Each year since 1965-66, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as a resource for the whole faculty.
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School found non-invasive brain stimulation could be a safe, feasible intervention for improving coordination and motor skills in children with cerebral palsy (CP). It is the first time researchers have ever studied this combined intervention for cerebral palsy.
“We’ve seen how non-invasive brain stimulation can transform lives and produce significant results for people with other neurological conditions with little to no side-effects. We wanted to explore the option for children with cerebral palsy,” said lead author Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D., P.T., assistant professor in the Medical School’s Division of Physical Therapy. “Our aim is to advance early intervention options to help these children manage their condition, improve their quality of life and thrive.”
A new study finds many more children than previously thought may have disabilities because their mothers drank during pregnancy. In fact, the researchers estimate that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are at least as common as autism.
MPR's Mike Mulcahy talked with Jeff Wozniak and Ruth Richardson about the effects of alcohol exposure on a fetus, what it's like living with the consequences of that exposure, and what the latest research highlights.