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20 May 2019
Neuroscience is the study of the brain and all aspects of nerves and the nervous system. Recent technology is providing a greater understanding of how the brain develops. Neuroscientists are able to see inside a living brain through brain imaging.
Brain imaging has unlocked the door to understand how specific areas of the brain relate with one another which aids in locating any areas of the brain that may be affected by neurological disorders. Right about now you may be thinking, "This may be good news to a neuroscientist but do I really need to know this"? Possibly not, but what parents, grandparents and or caregiver do need to know, it that a child begins to learn the moment he or she is born.

This is very important to grasp because parents, grandparents and or caregivers play an important role in early brain development which will have a great impact upon a child's future. This applies to both positive and negative experiences that a child is exposed to. An environment for healthy brain development is created simply through daily play and personal interaction. Challenging a child's sensory skills, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, balancing, and body awareness, supplies the brain with information so that a child can explore and interact with the world around them.

Holding and infant, making eye contact, smile when they smile, coo when they coo, playing peep-a-boo, read to them, introduce wind up musical toys as well as bright color objects that move. These are all great ways to stimulate brain development. Toddlers are adventurers, exploring the world around them. Their brain is rapidly growing and they express this by getting into everything. Continuous play is their niche.

Life coach Helene Goldnadel suggests you to introduce various interaction toys as well as common household items that are safe such as pots, pans and various kitchen utensils. Reading is a must as well as speaking in full sentences. Help their vocabulary grow by describing and defining everyday things. By preschool a child becomes more creative and interactive with others. Asking questions becomes a large part of their life, so while reading with them, ask them questions as well as listening for and answering their questions. Draw their attention to rhyming words as well as punctuation.

Positive experiences such as these provide nourishment for growing brains. Loving, responsive interaction creates an environment for learning. However, there is a down side to childhood brain development. Negative experiences or the absences of appropriate stimulation during critical developmental stages can have serious long term effects (This will be explored in the next article).

There are no special tricks or formulas for helping children to become successful, productive adults. Just keep these simple but powerful developmental tools in mind, keep on playing, talking, reading and interacting with your child because activity, experiences and stimulation have a great deal to do with how the brain is "Wired". Parents, grandparents and or caregivers can make a significant difference in a child's early development. Don't think you can, know you can!

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