Cost per hour for a behavioral therapist: up to $150 per hour. Cost for an evaluation by an occupational therapist: $400 and up. Cost for a private autism school: $40-60,000 per year. Cost for treatments like...
This is not a trivial problem. A previous paper from the study found that
By 3 months of age, about 40% of children regularly watched television, DVDs, or videos. By 24 months, this proportion rose to 90%.
The answer is simple. Turn off the TV. Don't let kids under 24 months watch any electronic media, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. This is a bit trickier for families with infants and older siblings, who may not be adversely affected by a modest media diet. At any rate Don't buy or use media (videos, DVDs) "designed for babies" for a child under 24 months.
Below the fold, more details on the study and the papers from the study.
Andrew Riley, 13, is charged with 128 felonies, in Athens County Juvenile Court. They include burglary, theft, vandalism and witness intimidation. The delinquency charges stem from a crime spree that has lasted more than a year, authorities said.
California Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber has proposed new legislation for California to make spanking a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
One: I do not advocate spanking as a regular discipline tool. It is simply not effective to teach children to make better choices.
Two: I have two stepchildren and one birth child. The collective spanking incidents for the three of them is maybe...five? I know I swatted Jumper Girl when she was a toddler, once, for darting into traffic.
But you can't legislate good parenting. If this law is passed, what resources would be diverted away from real child abusers?
What surprised me, though, was how completely parents of even younger
girls seem to have gotten in step with society’s march toward
eroticized adolescence — either willingly or through abject surrender.
And if parents give up, what can a school do? [snip]
But my parental brain rebels. Suburban parents dote on and hover over
their children, micromanaging their appointments and shielding them in
helmets, kneepads and thick layers of S.U.V. steel. But they allow the
culture of boy-toy sexuality to bore unchecked into their little ones’
ears and eyeballs, displacing their nimble and growing brains and
impoverishing the sense of wider possibilities in life.
There is no reason adulthood should be a low plateau we all clamber
onto around age 10. And it’s a cramped vision of girlhood that
enshrines sexual allure as the best or only form of power and esteem.
It’s as if there were now Three Ages of Woman: first Mary-Kate, then
Britney, then Courtney. Boys don’t seem to have such constricted
horizons. They wouldn’t stand for it — much less waggle their butts and
roll around for applause on the floor of a school auditorium.