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Families with a team mindset strengthened their bonds during COVID-19 pandemic

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Despite reports of families disintegrating under the hardships and constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study suggests that many families may have formed stronger bonds instead.

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Study explores challenges, opportunities of community participatory research

URBANA, Ill. — Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach that connects academic researchers with community partners to inform project development. Where traditional research is often done “to” people, treating them as subjects with no agency, CBPR is a cooperative process incorporating the knowledge and direction of community members.

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Study: How mother and infant sleep patterns interact during the first two years of life

URBANA, Ill. — New mothers can expect sleep deprivation in the first few years of baby’s life. But too little sleep can take a toll on the health of both mother and child.

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Conflict in marriage less harmful for kids when dad keeps it constructive

URBANA, Ill. — Conflict is unavoidable in all marriages. When it erupts in families with children, stressed or angry parents may take their pain out on the kids, projecting their anger or withdrawing emotionally or physically. In the worst cases, children’s socioemotional development can suffer.

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Registration open for I-Ready online camp for college-bound students with autism

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — College-bound sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Illinois high schools and new graduates who are on the autism spectrum and interested in attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are encouraged to apply for an upcoming virtual summer camp.

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State Farm among first to support U of I neurodiversity initiative

URBANA, Ill. –The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative (INI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received a major, five-year grant from State Farm to help fund the program, which provides academic and social support for students with autism and helps them prepare for the workplace and connect with potential employers.

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Implementation of school-based wellbeing programs benefits from multiple voices

URBANA, Ill. – Health and wellbeing education can be an important addition to a school curriculum. But for these programs to be effective, they must be delivered in a way that works for everyone, including students, instructors, and school administrators. A new study from University of Illinois evaluates the implementation of two prevention programs, using a mixed-methods approach with input from multiple sources.

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Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative accepting freshmen applicants for fall semester

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Neurodivergent students who will be incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the upcoming fall semester are encouraged to apply to a program geared toward helping them succeed academically, socially and professionally.

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