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February 15, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web – February 15, 2019 edition.

Did you know experts are finding ways to prevent depression during pregnancy? Or that UCLA is developing a music therapy program to help preemies develop feeding skills? It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early childhood. But we’ve got you covered!

Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.

Depression During and After Pregnancy Can Be Prevented, National Panel Says. Here’s How — via The New York Times

As many as one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. Now, for the first time, a national panel of health experts says there is a way to prevent it. Some kinds of counseling can keep some women from developing debilitating symptoms that can harm not only them but their babies.

Sweet Photo Series Reveals What’s In A Preschooler’s Pockets — via The Huffington Post

San Francisco photographer Melissa Kaseman knows that imaginative art can come in tiny packages. That much is evident in her latest photo series, “Preschool Pocket Treasures,” which depicts the small objects she finds stuffed in her son’s pockets each day when he comes home from preschool.

“The magic of childhood is so fleeting, and these objects I kept finding in Calder’s pockets represent a chapter of boyhood, his imagination, and the magic of finding a ‘treasure.'” — Melissa Kaseman

Study ties pre-K bullying to childhood depression — via Education Dive

A new study finds preschool children who both bully and are themselves bullied are most likely to show signs of childhood depression. The study examined both physical aggression and emotional bullying tactics, such as withholding friendship, finding that while girls are no more likely than boys to show signs of depression at this age, they are more likely to engage in emotional bullying — likely because of stronger language skills.

Biological responses to conflict differ in maltreated children — via Penn State News

Parent-child conflict is inevitable as children grow and become more independent. It is a way of exploring the limits of their behavior. However, in families where child maltreatment is present, the response to the conflict may be different in both parents and children.

“Early childhood is an important time for children to learn how to repair conflict and is often modeled by parents. But for maltreated children, conflict may be more stressful if they’re unsure whether or not they can rely on their parents to repair the conflict. This stress can show up as changes to heart and breathing rates during challenging interactions with their parents.” —Erika Lunkenheimer, associate professor of psychology and co-funded faculty member of Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Music therapy program at UCLA aims to help premature infants develop feeding skills — via UCLA Newsroom

Premature infants in the NICU — especially those born before 34 weeks — struggle with oral feeding. They typically haven’t developed the reflex to suck, breathe and swallow, which inhibits their ability to gain weight. It’s for this reason that music therapist Jenna Bollard sought to study whether a pacifier-activated lullaby device or PAL, might help. The PAL encourages preemies to strengthen their oral feeding by playing soft music that’s appropriate for the baby’s developmental stage.

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