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Field, Tiffany; Nadel, Jacqueline; Diego, Miguel; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Russo, Kelly; Vchulek, Diane; Lendi, Kim; Siddalingappa, Vijaya – Early Child Development and Care, 2010
Children with autism (mean age = 6 years) were videotaped first interacting with a parent and then with an unfamiliar researcher who imitated the child's behaviours. The researcher showed more imitative and playful behaviours than the parents. In turn, the children showed more imitative behaviour when playing with the imitative researcher than…
Descriptors: Autism, Parent Child Relationship, Imitation, Adults
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Field, Tiffany; Malphurs, Julie E.; Yando, Regina; Bendell, Debra; Carraway, Kirsten; Cohen, Raquel – Early Child Development and Care, 2010
Based on interviews with 120 children ranging from age 3 to 12, legal interviewers rated the grade school and middle school age children as competent and as understanding the meaning of lying. The interviewers rated the grade school children as more credible "witnesses in court" than either the preschool or the middle school age…
Descriptors: Children, Nonverbal Communication, Psychological Patterns, Court Litigation
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Nadel, Jacqueline; Martini, Mary; Field, Tiffany; Escalona, Angelica; Lundy, Brenda – Early Child Development and Care, 2008
Children with autism were selected to be in high-approach and low-approach groups based on a median split of their proximity-seeking behavior with adults (looking at, approaching and touching adults) during videotaped interactions. The same videotapes of those two sets of interactions were then coded and analyzed for the adult partners' behaviors.…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Autism, Imitation
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Field, Tiffany; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Diego, Miguel; Feijo, Larissa; Vera, Yanexy; Gil, Karla; Sanders, Chris – Early Child Development and Care, 2007
Forty infants (mean age 5 months) of depressed mothers and non-depressed mothers were seated in an infant seat and were exposed to four different degrees of animation, including a still-face Raggedy Ann doll (about two-feet tall suspended in front of the infant), the same doll in an animated state talking and head-nodding, an imitative mother and…
Descriptors: Infants, Mothers, Imitation, Depression (Psychology)
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Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Field, Tiffany; Largie, Shay; Mora, Dana; Bornstein, Joan; Waldman, Ronnie – Early Child Development and Care, 2006
Twenty-one moderate to high functioning young children (mean age, two years) with Down syndrome receiving early intervention (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) were randomly assigned to additionally receive two 0.5-hour massage therapy or reading sessions (control group) per week for two months. On the first and last day…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Down Syndrome, Human Body, Control Groups
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Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Field, Tiffany; Largie, Shay; Diego, Miguel; Manigat, Natasha; Seoanes, Jacqueline; Bornstein, Joan – Early Child Development and Care, 2005
Twenty young children (mean age = 32 months) with cerebral palsy (CP) recruited from early intervention programs received 30 minutes of massage or reading twice weekly for 12 weeks. The children receiving massage therapy showed fewer physical symptoms including reduced spasticity, less rigid muscle tone overall and in the arms, and improved fine…
Descriptors: Therapy, Cerebral Palsy, Early Intervention, Young Children
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Field, Tiffany; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Feijo, Larissa – Early Child Development and Care, 2002
Interviewed depressed and non-depressed mothers on their breastfeeding practices and perceptions of their infants' feeding behavior. Found that, compared to non-depressed mothers, depressed mothers breast fed less often, stopped breastfeeding earlier, and scored lower on a breastfeeding confidence scale. Mothers who breastfed rather than bottle…
Descriptors: Breastfeeding, Depression (Psychology), Infant Care, Infants
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Field, Tiffany; Hernandez-Reif, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2001
Examined the effectiveness of pre-bedtime massages for infants and toddlers with sleep onset problems. Found that, compared to bedtime stories, massages produced fewer sleep delays and a shortened latency to sleep onset. (Author/DLH)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Change Strategies, Child Behavior, Child Health
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Hartshorn, Kristin; Olds, Loren; Field, Tiffany; Delage, Jessie; Cullen, Christy; Escalona, Angelica – Early Child Development and Care, 2001
Thirty-eight children with autism were given movement therapy in small groups led by a trained movement therapist. After two months of biweekly sessions, the children spent less time wandering, more time showing on-task behavior, less time showing negative responses to being touched, and less time resisting the teacher than those in the control…
Descriptors: Attention, Attention Span, Autism, Behavior Change
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Cullen, Christy; Field, Tiffany; Escalona, Angelica; Hartshorn, Kristin – Early Child Development and Care, 2000
Examined the impact of fathers giving massages to their infants, ages 3 to 14 months, for 15 minutes prior to their daily bedtime for 1 month. Found that fathers who had massaged their infants were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and more warmth during floor-play interactions with their infants than did fathers in the wait-list control…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Fathers, Infant Behavior, Infants
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Field, Tiffany – Early Child Development and Care, 1999
Examined the effect of playing background classical guitar music at nap time on alternate days to toddlers and preschool children attending a model preschool. Specifically assessed music's effect on nap-time sleep onset. Found that children fell asleep faster on the music days than on the nonmusic days. Toddlers fell asleep faster than did the…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Analysis, Music, Preschool Children
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Field, Tiffany – Early Child Development and Care, 1999
Compared French and American preschoolers' behavior on playgrounds with parents and peers. Found that American parents watched and touched their children less than did French parents. American children played with, talked with, and touched their parents less and were more aggressive toward them than were French children; with peers, they showed…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Aggression, Child Behavior, Cross Cultural Studies
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De Cubas, Mercedes M.; Field, Tiffany – Early Child Development and Care, 1984
Provides descriptive data on mother/infant interaction in two ethnic and maternal age groups. Participants were 32 lower-income Black and Cuban-American, teenage and adult mothers and their 12-month-old infants. Cuban-American mothers demonstrated a task with verbalization significantly more often than did Black mothers. Adult mothers showed a…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Black Mothers, Cubans, Cultural Differences
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Hart, Sybil; Field, Tiffany; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Lundy, Brenda – Early Child Development and Care, 1998
Effects of massage on preschoolers' cognitive performance were assessed. Preschoolers were given Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Revised subtests before and after receiving 15-minute massage or spending 15 minutes reading stories with the experimenter. Children's performance on Block Design improved following massage, and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Tests, Performance Factors
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Field, Tiffany; And Others – Early Child Development and Care, 1996
A total of 32 3-month-old infants were carried by their mothers in a soft infant carrier designed to place the infants facing either inward or outward. A within-subject comparison found that when infants were carried facing in, they spent significantly more time sleeping, while infants carried facing out were more active. (MDM)
Descriptors: Infant Behavior, Infant Care, Infants, Mothers
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