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PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share

PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

This community is working together to create awareness and put in place services to support the optimal development of children's brains. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to these important efforts. Hope you enjoy and share with parents and professionals for the benefit of children!

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Creating awareness of the impact we can all easily have on optimal brain development for ALL children.
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"I have a brain teaser for you! Why is it that we have more knowledge than ever before about what is best for a child's brain development .... and yet these are not the experiences of so many young children?"

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“85% of the brain physically develops in the first 5 years of life. This development primarily is dependent on healthy and positive experiences to create optimal brain function, overall success, well being and happiness in life.”

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Anxious children have bigger ‘fear centers’ in the brain

Anxious children have bigger ‘fear centers’ in the brain | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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"The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry."

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Dawn Matheson's curator insight, June 30, 5:18 PM

Did you know that anxiety-related traits and symptoms can be reliably assessed in children as young as 7 years old? Me neither.

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Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging research shows excessive screen time damages the brain.
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Self-Confidence Starts Early | Urban Child Institute

Self-Confidence Starts Early | Urban Child Institute | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Self-esteem contributes to well-being by improving coping skills and providing a buffer against negative events and influences.
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mariarobets's curator insight, May 14, 5:46 PM

The early years MATTER

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"Spin-Doctor Parenting": 3 Causes of Misbehavior and What You Can Do About It

"Spin-Doctor Parenting": 3 Causes of Misbehavior and What You Can Do About It | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

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What Causes Misbehavior? One of the questions I have asked myself as a mom, the question I am often asked as a therapist and the one that continually presents itself in my role as consultant to early childhood programming is, "What is causing this child to behave this way?"  Generally, this question is in relation to misbehavior.  Interesting how that happens, isn't it?  Seldom do we stop and ponder what is making children behave...even though we know that whatever we pay attention to, we get more of! "
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communityplaythings.com - Reading at Five Why

communityplaythings.com - Reading at Five Why | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Reading at Five Why
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This is an EXCELLENT question and there are no good answers!  A quote from the article states:

 

"The outcomes of the standards movement, including its social-emotional impact on young children, are rarely discussed. It seems that everyone in education is to be held accountable except those who develop the standards. There is growing concern that current standards and practices are a factor in rising rates of aggression and serious misbehavior in preschools and kindergartens."

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: IS SOME STRESS GOOD FOR CHILDREN?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: IS SOME STRESS GOOD FOR CHILDREN? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Are you sometimes stressed? .... Of course the answer is yes! We experience some level of stress every day. As adults we have learned techniques in dealing with the stress we experience.

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Because children still have immature brains, they are learning how to develop these techniques. It is through daily experiences that they have the opportunity to learn and develop strong connections for this skill in the thinking areas of the brain.

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

It is quite frequent that I ask the question…  

 “Why is it that we know what a developing brain needs, but with increasing frequently too many children are experiencing the opposite?”
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Team finds daytime naps enhance learning in preschool children

Team finds daytime naps enhance learning in preschool children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Sleep researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today offer the first research results showing that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memory. Children who napped performed significantly better on a visual-spatial task in the afternoon after a nap and the ...
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: #Olympicmoms Brain Insight Day #3

Early Childhood Brain Insights: #Olympicmoms Brain Insight Day #3 | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
When you exercise, not only will your body benefit... so will your brain!
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Very Inspirational information isn't it?

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Toddler Behavior: My Kids Whine All Day - BabyShrink

Toddler Behavior: My Kids Whine All Day - BabyShrink | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"Whining, believe it or not, is a way your toddler has developed to avoid melting down into a total tantrum. This is good, right? What would you rather have: whining — or a kicking, screaming tantrum?"

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Sleep requirements: A guide for the science-minded parent

Sleep requirements: A guide for the science-minded parent | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
The Parenting Science guide to the science of sleep requirements. Covers cultural and individual differences. How to determine your family's individualized needs.
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Most importantly, the charts can't tell us what your individualized needs are.

Knowing how much time people spend in bed is somewhat helpful, but it doesn’t tell us if these people are getting the right amount of sleep.

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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This is a brief review of the relevant research evidence which overwhelmingly supports a later start to formal education. This evidence relates to the contribution of playful experiences to children’s development as learners, and the consequences of starting formal learning at the age of four to five years of age - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.2OnTfsn4.dpuf
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To prevent childhood trauma, pediatricians screen children and their parents…and sometimes, just parents...for childhood trauma

To prevent childhood trauma, pediatricians screen children and their parents…and sometimes, just parents...for childhood trauma | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
When parents bring their four-month-olds to a well-baby checkup at the Children’s Clinic in Portland, OR, Drs. Teri Petersen, R.J. Gillespie and their 15 other partners ask the parents about their ...
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"The ACE Study found that childhood trauma was very common — two-thirds of the 17,000 mostly white, middle-class, college-educated participants (all had jobs and great health care because they were members of Kaiser Permanene) experienced at least one type of severe childhood trauma. Most had suffered two or more."

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» 8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid - World of Psychology

» 8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid - World of Psychology | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"Do you worry about your child's emotional health? Worry no longer. Here are eight suggestions that will nearly guarantee your child will suffer from poor mental health, strained family relationships, poor peer relationships, low self-esteem and chronic emotional problems throughout his or her life."

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Dawn Matheson's curator insight, June 17, 7:33 PM

Doesn't this picture say it all?

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Where do the children play?

Where do the children play? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Actually, we're playing AND learning! In my senior year in college I took a course called "Observation of Young Children." For several hours a week I sat in
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years....
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 12, 11:40 PM

For alternative views, scroll down to read the reader comments. -Lon

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Health News - Evidence from a quiet MRI

Health News - Evidence from a quiet MRI | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"A study using brain images from “quiet” MRI machines adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants. Breastfeeding alone produced better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone."

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Promoting Brain Development Through Play and Nurture: Teleclass Re-Cap

Promoting Brain Development Through Play and Nurture: Teleclass Re-Cap | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
participants in this session left with practical tips that can be implemented immediately to make a difference in their children's brain development!
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Integrating Movement into Preschool Curriculums on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Integrating Movement into Preschool Curriculums on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
PTs can promote this critical childhood development skill.
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Brain development research and early childhood best practice both promote the critical importance of movement in a child's development. Incorporating movement activities into preschool classrooms is essential for many reasons. Well planned cooperative movement activities facilitate growth in the critical areas of social/emotional, receptive and expressive language, sensory-motor, and cognitive skill development. 1

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Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com

Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Hablan dos idiomas? You should, if you know what's good for you

Via Wendi Pillars
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

We can no longer simply wait for the critical understanding of early brain development to become common knowledge…. We need to MAKE it happen NOW!!

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All of us who care about children are coming together to create, The Worldwide Brain Team! You are needed. We would be thrilled to have you join us in making this happen.

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Traditionals vs Montessori Learning Explained for Teachers

Traditionals vs Montessori Learning Explained for Teachers | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Martin fletcher
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: What is Better Than Helping a Child Thrive?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: What is Better Than Helping a Child Thrive? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Play is essential to the healthy development of children. It is the way the brain learns best. It provides the movement that is critical to overall development. It leads to optimal social/emotional abilities. Due to the importance of play in helping a child

thrive,

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:07 PM

Oh, how I wish we could convince "the powers that be" that play IS learning. Great piece. Thanks Deborah!

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4 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Child's Life

4 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Child's Life | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
I propose that this year we resolve to teach our children to focus on things that really matter. This year, let's help our children make choices that will lead to improved emotional functioning, greater happiness, and lower stress.
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