The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences will reach out to children with its new community-focused Center for Children and Families. The center, which opens its doors Sept. 1, aims to promote healthy families and help improve children's ability to learn. Marion Underwood, a UTD professor of psychology, said a number of students enter school lacking critical social skills. Such children are "at high risk for early academic failure," she said, "likely to feel lonely and depressed. ... The good news is that these are skills that can be taught, and new research advances are made almost daily."
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