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Article of Interest

Welcome to ISF’s “Article of Interest” page!  We hope that this page will provide both new visitors and frequent readers of our website with the opportunity to more fully experience the growing public dialogue that connects the dots between early brain development, childhood trauma, toxic stress, positive parenting, socio-economic disparities, violence and abuse, and public health outcomes. 
We know from the latest research and discussion in the field that these issues are all interrelated.  As partners in this movement, we hope you will find these articles and latest research helpful, and that you will share your thoughts and feedback with us.

InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health

"The science of child development shows that the foundation for sound mental health is built early in life, as early experiences—which include children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—shape the architecture of the developing brain." good or bad credit score Download the PDF.

Disharmony in the Land of Nod

Check out this recent Huffington Post article by Wray Herbert on cutting edge research, which shows that what we hear and experience even in our earliest days as young children matters: satsuma payday loan Disharmony in the Land of Nod, posted August 1, 2012 The most compelling personal memoirs -- Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, and others -- are not happy stories. They are recollections of childhood adversity, and rarely are they triumphant survivors' tales. The most honest of these remembrances are accounts of the lingering scars and damage done.  And damage is done...Read more A recent posting at Baby Zone sums it all up nicely here as well…

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