Friday, October 30, 2015

A Study on Delayed Kindergarten Effects on ADHD

“We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11, and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal,’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure.”

"The study’s findings also align with other research that has shown an extended period of early childhood play – such as in preschools – yields mental health developmental gains. As a result, Dee said he hopes his research will lead to broader examinations on how kindergarten is taught. It could be pedagogy pointed more toward play rather than structured academics." Study finds improved self-regulation in kindergartners who wait a year to enroll

Lawmakers require puppies to stay with their mothers and littermates for 7-8 weeks, and there is a push to extend that for the better health of the dog. The thought behind it is that longer periods with their mothers/littermates will prevent unwanted behaviors that typically land dogs in shelters. Why do we give so little thought to our own children, who should be valued so much more, and who also develop mentally and physically at a much slower rate?