Community Engagement

Talking about Racial Injustice with Young Children

One week ago, on May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was on the heels of the murders of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by racist neighbors while he was jogging). The past few days have been filled with turmoil and grief, fueled once again by the…
ISLAND Lab
June 2, 2020
Community Engagement

Thank You Frontline Workers

ISLAND Lab thanks all the healthcare heroes working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually amazed by the dedication and spirit of all essential workers around the world and so we wanted to give our thanks! This video we made is just a glimpse of the appreciation we feel for all those on the frontline.Check out our video here…
ISLAND Lab
May 27, 2020
Lab Announcements

RA Maggie Zhang Wins the Bernard Katz Award!

Congratulations to our very own Maggie Zhang for being the 2020 recipient of APUG's Bernard Katz award! Maggie is a senior currently working on her thesis and is a valued member of the ISLAND Lab as the Data Science team lead. The Bernard Katz Award is given to those who have shown exceptional helpfulness, congeniality, and dedication to their program…
ISLAND Lab
April 17, 2020
Community Engagement

ISLAND’s List of Charities During COVID-19

Many of us may be feeling helpless during this global crisis. The most important thing right now is that everyone does their part to help. For most of us, that means staying at home! And that is more than enough to help right now. For others who have the means and want to donate money to help our healthcare workers…
ISLAND Lab
April 16, 2020
Community Engagement

At Home Resources for Kids

It's tough keeping kids entertained and busy when stuck at home all day, but luckily, the internet is full of informative, entertaining resources for children. Many museums are providing access to virtual visits and activities! Zoos and aquariums have set up cameras for kids to visit the animals online. Kids can take online classes to learn while they can't in…
ISLAND Lab
April 1, 2020
Community Engagement

How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

This time is filled with uncertainty and fear, and it can feel especially daunting for parents with young children who may not understand what is happening in the world right now. See links below. PBS's guide to Covid19 for Parents:  Good examples set by your children's favorite TV shows! NYTimes Guide for Parents: Remember to take care of yourself too!…
ISLAND Lab
March 23, 2020
Lab Announcements

High School Junior and ISLAND RA Caitlin Rogoff wins Walter Kass Memorial Award

Caitlin Rogoff is a currently a junior in high school at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester and worked over the summer with ISLAND lab. Over the weekend, Caitlin attended the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and presented a poster on a project she worked on over the summer. At the fair, she was awarded the Walter Kass Memorial Award for Excellence in Behavioral…
ISLAND Lab
March 25, 2019
Child DevelopmentHáblame Bebé
July 13, 2020

Dr. Brito Weighs in on the Benefits of Bilingualism

In a new article written for The Institute of Human Development and Social Change at Steinhardt NYU, Dr. Natalie Brito outlines misconceptions and new findings on bilingualism based on her research and encourages parents to foster bilingual learning in their own homes. Check out the article here!
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Community Engagement
June 2, 2020

Talking about Racial Injustice with Young Children

One week ago, on May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was on the heels of the murders of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by racist neighbors while he was jogging). The past few days have been filled with turmoil and grief, fueled once again by the status quo of racism and inequity in this country for Black Americans.  “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their…
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Community Engagement
May 27, 2020

Thank You Frontline Workers

ISLAND Lab thanks all the healthcare heroes working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually amazed by the dedication and spirit of all essential workers around the world and so we wanted to give our thanks! This video we made is just a glimpse of the appreciation we feel for all those on the frontline.Check out our video here…
Read More
Community Engagement
April 16, 2020

ISLAND’s List of Charities During COVID-19

Many of us may be feeling helpless during this global crisis. The most important thing right now is that everyone does their part to help. For most of us, that means staying at home! And that is more than enough to help right now. For others who have the means and want to donate money to help our healthcare workers…
Read More
Community Engagement
April 1, 2020

At Home Resources for Kids

It's tough keeping kids entertained and busy when stuck at home all day, but luckily, the internet is full of informative, entertaining resources for children. Many museums are providing access to virtual visits and activities! Zoos and aquariums have set up cameras for kids to visit the animals online. Kids can take online classes to learn while they can't in…
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Community Engagement
March 23, 2020

How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

This time is filled with uncertainty and fear, and it can feel especially daunting for parents with young children who may not understand what is happening in the world right now. See links below. PBS's guide to Covid19 for Parents:  Good examples set by your children's favorite TV shows! NYTimes Guide for Parents: Remember to take care of yourself too!…
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AdventureChild DevelopmentFood For Thought
February 4, 2019

Dr. Brito Weighs in on the Debate: Should Toddlers Be Using Knives?

Click to read this interesting article from Inside Edition  and see what Dr. Brito had to say about toddlers and young children using knives in the kitchen!
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Child DevelopmentFood For ThoughtLab AnnouncementsUncategorized
August 15, 2018

Dr. Brito has recently published a new article

This is the first study to examine dual language and socioeconomic status (SES) differences in both structural brain and cognitive development in a sample of 562 participants (281 monolingual users and 281 dual-language users) ages 3-20 years.  Bilingualism has been associated with different patterns of brain development than monolingualism, and some studies have even reported differences between bilinguals and monolinguals…
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Child DevelopmentFood For Thought
July 25, 2018

Parent’s Guide to Healthy Sleep from Tuck.com

Tuck.com has written an article about how important sleep is for infants and children of different ages. Check out the article here    
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