BRAIN DEVELOPMENT


Below are 6 videos with a basic introduction to understanding Early Brain Development.
Each video is accompanied with a brief research document. We suggest viewing and reading them in numeric order. 
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Introduction to Brain Development

Brain development from birth to four years old sets the foundations of development for their entire life.  The brain is prepared to be shaped by experience and interactions.  Brain development and the impact of development is not a one way street, it's a back and forth interaction.  This introduction and the 5 videos that follow will help you understand the importance in helping shape a child's brain development from day one as we help shape the next generation.

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Brain Architecture

Experiences shape the process of brain architecture.  The brain develops at a rapid pace and this development is reinforced through repeated use.  The brain grows stronger the more it is used, but if not used, the brain cuts off unused sections in a process called "pruning."  Just like building a house, the first years and first steps in supporting strong brain development gives our children a strong foundation in life.

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Serve and Return

Serve and return is the process of interactions.  These interactions at an early age forms the foundation of brain architecture.  When an infant babbles (serve) and an adult responds with an interaction (return) helps build brain connections to develop skills children need throughout life.  These interactions built from infancy help develop the behavior and health that follow.

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Toxic Stress

Neglect in children is when they don't get what the brain is supposed to get.  Children need back and forth interaction such as reading, conversations, even rolling a ball back and forth.  When a baby is not attended to, stress systems become activated and keeps the brain from getting what it needs for successful architecture.  Children are more likely to be neglected than any other kind of maltreatment.  Neglecting young children is neglecting the foundations of the next generation.  

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Executive Function

Early experience is literally built into our bodies, whether for better or for worse.  Exposure breaks down and changes the functioning of systems that can lead to disease or negative effects on life.  Strong brain development can promote a healthier life.  

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Resilience

Resilience is a good outcome in the face of adversity.  Building strong resilience through brain development will help them deal with bumps in the road.  The ability allows positive skills and abilities that give people a sense of mastery and management of difficulty.  Resilience is built over time just like the brain is.  It's not in the person, it's in the interaction of the person and their environment.  Promoting at an early age helps them grow up to be productive citizens.

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