Brain Development

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Brain development in the first two years is the most important and critical. Maria Montessori referred to this time as of the "absorbent mind" Early brain development is the frame work for the road ahead. When and how the brain develops in the first two years will play a critical role into adulthood. At birth, the brain is the only incomplete organ. The brain will continue to grow through childhood and adolescents. During the first two years the brain is the most flexible and prepared to learn. At this time everything is new. Everything an infant does build brain connections. According to "Touch, talking and things an infant sees and smells all build connections if done with continuity in a loving, consistent, and…show more content…
Children copy what is around them. If the parent has low self esteem than the child will mirror this. A parent only has to be "good enough". There is no perfect. #6 Quality Care To nurture healthy brain development it is important that the child be in a constructive nurturing environment when away from the primary caregiver. This environment should be social, healthy, interactive, and nurturing. #7 Communication Communication is one of the central building blocks of brain development. A child's ability to communicate begins at birth with crying. The more words an infant hears the more brain connections are made. Interaction is essential in order to master the skill of language. #8 Play Everything a child learns is learned through play. It is essential to a child's development. Playing is experiencing and it is through experience that children learn. #9 Reading Reading to a child has a tremendous impact on their language development. The more a child is read to the more connections are made in the brain. Rereading the same book helps the child make connections between the way the words look and sound. #10 Sleep "There is a strong correlation between the amount of sleep a child gets and normal brain development. It is necessary for the brain to have a period of uninterrupted, physiological rest in order to process all it has experienced throughout the day" according to
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