Brain development in early childhood
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.