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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…

My ex

From a true story This is an essay I wrote during the healing period when my ex-fiancee walked away from me a week before the wedding. There are probably tons of grammatical errors, repetition, nonsensical ramblings. But I wanted to post this for anyone who fell in love with a girl with Borderline Personality Disorder. I know reading about other people's experience helped me a lot, and so, hopefully, this may prove the same.

I fell in love with High Functioning Borderline Personality Disorder, meaning that she didn't cut herself, she wasn't suicidal, and if you met her and talked to her in a normal conversation, you would never notice anything wrong.  However, I almost wished she was a low functioning BP, so that someone could help her.  While there was no official diagnosis, and I am not a medical professional, she seemed to have the traits needed to describe her.

The first thing that struck me was how sincere she seemed.  She is a sweet, innocent looking …

Open Lettre from those with Borderline Personality Disorder

Parental Behaviors Which Increase The Risk Of Developing A Personality Disorder Research has shown that genetic, environmental, and prenatal factors all play important roles in the development of personality disorder. Recent research has also shown that low parental affection and harsh parenting increase the risk of a child later developing a personality disorder.
"Low affection" was defined as: low parental affection, low parental time spent with the child, poor parental communication with the child, poor home maintenance, low educational aspirations for the child, poor parental supervision, low paternal assistance to the child's mother, and poor paternal role fulfillment. "Harsh parenting" was defined as: harsh punishment, inconsistent maternal enforcement of rules, frequent loud arguments between the parents, difficulty controlling anger toward the child, possessiveness, use of guilt to control the child, and verbal abuse.

The Haitian Earthquake Five Years On

FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan. 8, 2015 / -- Although the catastrophic physical damage to housing, roads and public buildings wrought by the Haitian earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010 is still visible, the psychological legacy that many young earthquake survivors are still struggling to live with is less easy to see with the naked eye. Five years since the earthquake hit the tiny Caribbean island nation of Haiti, many children there still have limited access to education, and some report exposure to exploitation and sexual violence after the already-fragile country descended into chaos in the aftermath of the disaster. Many Haitian children still show signs of emotional and psychological stress, and remain in desperate need of assistance and protection today. Their on-going distress, along with their hopes for a better future, is what Riccardo Venturi, World Press Photo award winner in 1997 and 2011, hoped to capture while visiting Save the Children relief programs in Haiti. Venturi's …

Victoria's Secret Releases The Swim 2015 Catalogue

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2015 /-- Victoria's Secret officially debuted its Swim 2015 collection with the release of the brand's anticipated swim catalogue. Shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Greg Kadel in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, the catalogue is the destination for the sexiest, most fashionable swim styles of the season. The brand, known for building the careers of the most recognized Supermodels in the world, has selected Angel Behati Prinsloo to appear on the cover wearing the Very Sexy One Shoulder Triangle & Double Strap Cheeky. This marks the first time Behati has been chosen as the cover model to launch the annual swim catalogue series. Behati Prinsloo was born in Grootfontein, Namibia, South Africa and can be seen in a variety of the brand's print and television campaigns. She has walked in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show since 2007 and had the prestigious honor of opening the 2014 show in London. Hot trends in this year's swim c…