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Brain Development in Infants and Toddlers

Babies and Toddlers have brains that are like empty canvases ready to be transformed into wonderful works of art! Recent research has revealed a lot about brain development in young children.  A baby’s brain is a work in progress. The outside world shapes its development through the rich experiences that a child’s processes through their senses — vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Experiences that the five senses take in help build the connections that guide brain development. Early experiences have a decisive impact on the actual architecture of the brain. Here are some common myths and truths about brain development.

Myth:

At birth the brain is fully developed, just like one’s heart or stomach.

Truth:

Most of the brain’s cells are formed before birth, but most of the connections among cells are made during infancy and early childhood.

Myth:

The brain’s development depends entirely on the genes with which you are born.

Truth:

Early experience and interaction with the environment are most critical in a child’s brain development.

Myth:

Talking to a baby is not important because he or she can’t understand what you are saying

Truth:

Talking to young children establishes foundations for learning language during early critical periods when learning is easiest for a child

Myth:

Children need special help and specific educational toys to develop their brainpower.

Truth:

What children need most is loving care and new experiences, not special attention or costly toys. Talking, singing, playing and reading are some of the key activities that build a child’s brain.


Resources for promoting positive brain development in Infants and Toddlers

Turn your interactions with your infants and Toddlers into Brain Building Moments. Vroom is an online resource that can be used by parents and caregivers that helps to promote brain development in young children. Click here to reach the Vroom Website.

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