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Children

— Health & Wellbeing

ParentGuardian helps parents of ADHD kids keep their stress in check

It can be hard enough for parents to maintain a cool head when dealing with an angry child at the best of times, but things can get much more difficult when that child has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). That's why scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have created ParentGuardian. It combines a wrist-worn sensor and an app, to monitor parents' stress levels and deliver real-time coping strategies. Read More
— Children

HeadFoams: Bendy foam headphones for kids

When your child insists on listening to the "Everything Is Awesome" song from The LEGO Movie for the 28th time in a single morning, it's probably time to plug in the headphones. But chances are you don't want to hand over your Marshall Monitors. HeadFoams are child-friendly, child-proof headphones which offer a limited volume level and are tough enough to survive in the hands of a three-year-old. Read More
— Children

Buildies bring stability to childhood forts

As children, most of us would have constructed shaky fortresses out of pillows, mattresses and mom's best manchester. In the eyes of Illinois-based product designer Brian Lilly, these essential life experiences could be even more valuable if there was a little structural stability added to the mix. Buildies is a kit of cardboard blocks and connectors designed to teach kids about engineering, all while letting their imaginations run wild. Read More
— Medical

Computer vision enables researchers to screen earlier for autism

When experts look back over early home movies of babies later diagnosed with autism, they can see the early behavioral markers of the disorder. The average age of diagnosis, however, is 5 years old. The availability and cost of trained clinicians limits not just early awareness, but also research into autism on a large scale. At Duke University, researchers from different disciplines are using computer vision algorithms to make early diagnosis more likely, and even intend to create an app for parents to use at home. Read More
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