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Opportunities and Perils of Extremely Early “Autism” Intervention

Autism, Parent-Blaming and False ‘Cures’ Once again the mainstream autism field risks blaming parents for the cause of autism. This time, through studies often funded by relative-led organisations. The “refrigerator mother” hypothesis blamed supposedly cold parenting for autism. Some of the families who were socially isolated and even split apart by this way of thinking… Read more »

Involving the Child in Health Care Decisions – It is Time for the Customary Implementation of a Collaborative Decision-Making Process

Research suggests, that in medical practice children have a minimal role in major treatment decisions regarding their health care. In particular, an investigation conducted by Coyne (2008) found that the ‘views of children are rarely sought nor acknowledged’. This conflicts with the well-established United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that states children… Read more »

Early Intervention and Children’s Food Policy: Challenging the Emphasis on ‘Choice’

Attention to children’s brain development in the early years has been at the centre of English social policy since the late 1990s, and is linked to recent efforts to ‘improve people’s life chances’.  Children’s food policy has been influenced by the language used in these debates. The belief that habits learnt in the early years… Read more »

Better safe than sorry? The case of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Picture perfect pregnancy Since the days when a pregnant Demi Moore posed proudly on the front cover of Vanity Fair, the media has bombarded us with images of what pregnancy should look like. Magazine covers display images of glowing women engaged in wholesome activities: drinking kale smoothies, attending yoga classes, or enjoying breezy countryside walks.… Read more »

How do services engage young people in treatment for first episode psychosis?

Psychosis is a medical condition that is most commonly characterised by visual hallucinations and voices, and/or by the presence of grandiose, persecutory or self-blaming delusions. A psychotic episode can be a terrifying and often traumatic experience for young people. This is especially true for those that have previously had limited exposure to or awareness of… Read more »

Arianna Manzini will give a lecture at Magdalen College School, 12th May

We are delighted to announce that Arianna Manzini, DPhil student within the BeGOOD Team, will lead a discussion group at Magdalen College School (Oxford) on the 12th May. Arianna will lecture for the weekly meeting of the Philosophy Society, focussing on the ethics of genetic testing. Arianna is very grateful for this opportunity and is looking forward… Read more »

Refocus on Recovery, 18th-20th September 2017

Conference Organizer: Mental Health Foundation Monday 18th-Wednesday 20th September 2017 Nottingham Conference Centre Abstract: Refocus on Recovery 2017 is the largest regular scientific conference on recovery in the world, and is all about recovery for people with mental health problems, and presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness.  Four themes have… Read more »

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