Friday, March 10, 2017

You're Cordially Invited....to be Part of a Study on Early Care Experiences

Research is a Good Thing

Many parents and teachers of young children suspect visual processing issues, auditory processing problems, and sensory disorders early on, but are told that the child is too young to be tested.  It can be frustrating to be told, for instance, that a struggling reader in Kindergarten is too young to be screened for dyslexia.  Now, new research, described here,  suggests that testing can be done much earlier than previously thought.  This is great news, perhaps helping parents avoid the "wait-and-fail" approach that describes the long slog that can sometimes be the road to diagnosis.

Take a survey (link below) to participate in a study about how early care experiences may affect adult health.
Hurray for research!  If you could contribute to what we know about education and human development, would you?  Growing up in a university town, I have been a research subject for at least a few studies, ranging from one on the visual tracking of toddlers to the changing body mass index of girls before menarche.  Even my own children have participated as "guinea pigs" in studies at our local university.  How else can scientists help re-form our understanding of learning disorders, parenting styles and outcomes, and the importance of early childhood experiences?

If you would like to be part of research on the impact of early care experiences on health later in life, please take a short survey, "Adult Health and Childhood Experiences," part of the research of my friend at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

click here:  Survey

Researchers are looking at how early care experiences (like whether you were breastfed or bottle fed or whether you slept near your parents) may influence your physical, emotional and mental health as an adult.  Your responses are anonymous,  and your input will be included as part of an international group of respondents.  The survey has been translated into French, Dutch, Arabic and Japanese.


The survey is fairly quick and painless--much easier than, say, having electrodes attached to your scalp or being poked and prodded :)  Future generations thank you!