The Effect of CAM in Childhood Emotional Development

Type of project: Translational, Mind and Body

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dawne E. Clarke

Institutions Affiliated: Mount Royal University

Student: Jane Richardson (UGRAD)

Awards funded to project: 1

Background: Early childhood is an important time for cognitive and emotional development which can have lifelong effects. NeuroCAM utilizing behavioural and psychological principles could aid in this development or buffer against harmful detriments to emotional development. This project explores this hypothesis using “Kid Yoga,” drumming, massage, and dance.

Findings: Reports from the children themselves, their parents and their caregivers qualitatively reported positive outcomes from the CAM practices. These results were further supported by a quantitative assessment of emotional development (ASQ-SE).

Implications: This project shows that incorporation of these activities into child care programs can be beneficial to psychological development. Further exploration is required to precisely define these effects in both the mind and the brain.