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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Study Finds That Cats Demonstrate Attachment Behaviors Toward Their Owners Similar to Children's Attachment to Their Mothers

CINCINNATI, Feb. 26, 2014 Cats are often perceived as aloof and uninterested in human touch. A study by Claudia Edwards and colleagues in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that behavior in cats toward their owners is similar to the behavior of young children toward their mothers. Consistent with Attachment Theory first developed in the 1950s, Edwards' study found that when cats were in the company of their owners, they tended to be more relaxed and engaged in normal cat behaviors—exploring, wandering, and playing. But when the cats were in the company of a stranger, they spent more time waiting by the door and vocalizing less. The study suggests that our cultural perceptions of cats may be flawed. Of course, cat lovers already know this.

Three Norwegians is committed to creating a world where shelter cats and cats of families in financial need get the medical care required to return them to health, thereby increasing their chances of getting into forever homes and staying out of the shelter system.
To that end, Three Norwegians is launching the Save a Cat Facebook Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive $435 in prizes, including $150 toward a veterinary service. The contest is part of a larger initiative started by writer and cat enthusiast, Kristen Heimerl, who is on a mission to help cats and cat families in need across the country.
Animal lovers can participate in the contest by going to the Facebook contest page at http://bit.ly/MVRqjE and submitting a short essay. Contest details and rules are available on the Gallery tab of the Buy a Book. Save a Cat. campaign site at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-a-book-save-a-cat/x/6039173
About Three Norwegians
Three Norwegians is an organization devoted to helping shelter cats and cats of families in financial need get the medical care required to return them to health. The Bad Guy on the Block is Three Norwegians' new children's book featuring three amazing Norwegian Forest cats. A portion of every book sold goes to a cat in need of medical care. Learn more about Three Norwegians by visiting www.threenorwegians.com, www.facebook.com/threenorwegians or www.pinterest.com/threenorwegians.
Kristen Heimerl
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