We recently reviewed a report written by Samantha Baker from the Telethon Kids Institute and it was talking about Brain development in early childhood.
There was a number of highlights within this article which we encourage you to have a read of, as we found it valuable knowledge for families.
During the first few years of life, more than 1 million neural
connections are formed within the brain every second;
these neurons and their connections are the
“bricks, mortar and wiring” of brain-building.
How a child experiences the world in the early years can literally shape
the structure and function of their brain.
Safe and nurturing relationships strengthen the neural pathways and
connections in a young child’s brain to provide a stable foundation
for lifelong health and wellbeing.
If a child is exposed to “toxic stress” such as extreme
poverty, neglect or abuse, the architecture of the
developing brain is weakened.
However, the experience of at least one stable and
responsive relationship with a parent or caregiver can
help protect against the damaging effects of toxic stress
on children’s brain development.