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FIND: Using Science to Coach CaregiversINNOVATION IN ACTION

FIND: Using Science to Coach Caregivers

At Children’s Home Society of Washington, social service providers are using video clips of parents interacting with their young children to help the parents identify their own strengths and learn which interactions best promote healthy development. Created in partnership with researchers at the University of Oregon and Oregon Social Learning Center, this intervention supports positive interactions in young families facing adversity and models an innovative co-creation and testing process for science-based strategies. Learn more in this Innovation in Action video, the second in this series of portraits that focuses on innovative, collaborative work as part of Frontiers of Innovation.

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The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care

The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive CareUsing science as a guide, this new interactive feature describes four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips featured, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute videoInBrief: The Science of Neglect.

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Beth Babcock TEDxBeaconStreet presentation


Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways Out of Poverty

Brain science may help break the cycle of poverty, says Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, president and CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) in Boston. In this video from her appearance at TEDxBeaconStreet, Babcock tells about using a science-informed approach to build executive functioning—the skill set in the brain that includes multi-tasking, self-control, and setting goals. These skills and abilities can be damaged by adverse experiences, including those associated with poverty. Here, Babcock shares the success of CWU coaching models that allow low-income clients to strengthen their vital self-regulatory skills and embark on a course to self-sufficiency.

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June 26, 2014
As part of its neuroscience-focused series "Brain Matters," public radio station WBUR explores the science behind the effects of abuse and neglect on the developing brain. The story features interviews with Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III and Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff. Nelson speaks about his work on how profound early deprivation impairs healthy development, while Shonkoff calls for an urgent public health response to childhood neglect. Excerpts from this piece also appear in a June 26 story from WBUR's "Radio Boston" that includes a more in-depth interview with Shonkoff.

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