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Things We Forget About Kids

Things We Forget About Kids | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

We like to think we are paying attention to our kids and are in tune with them all, (or most of), the time but sometimes we can forget that when they are grouchy or are behaving in a certain way that there is a feeling behind their behaviour. It may be that they are hungry, tired, ill or upset about something.

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Margot van Ryneveld's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:44 AM

We need to stop for long enough to hear our children and respond appropriately.

EarlyLearning's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:07 PM

Listen and pay attention

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EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill!

EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"For daycares and schools to have an effective way to help children for success in life, is to have low teacher child ratios to increase the opportunity to foster relationships with every child. And then use the understanding that the brain is experience dependent t. Children in schools can be engaged collectively in a caring climate and create activities that benefit other human beings."

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, September 26, 5:03 PM

"f we truly want to help children thrive in life ….and want to have an incredibly positive impact on our world, it is VITAL that we place the emphasis on the development of relationships with other human beings …"

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Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning?

Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Whether we're talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, I have serious objections to the idea that learning supposedly only comes via the eyes, the ears, and the seat of the pants. Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.
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It is critical that this information is  realized and clearly understood for the benefit of all!

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, November 7, 5:27 PM

There is on one way to make a classroom work best for students. We know they're individuals, and the "moving around part" would seem to offer great opportunities for engaging them with learning, not just sitting their passively.

 

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Secret Teacher: jargon is ruining our children's education

Secret Teacher: jargon is ruining our children's education | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
the constant jargon that teachers are forced to use is rubbing off on our students. Not only is this meaningless for them but it's increasingly making their academic performance their responsibility too. Do primary school children really need that kind of pressure when they're so young?
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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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Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse

Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
The prospect of tinkering precisely with memory has tantalized scientists for years. “A lot of people had been thinking along these lines,” says Sheena Josselyn, a senior neuroscientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, who studies the cellular underpinnings of memory, “but they never dreamed that these experiments would actually work. No one ever thought that you could actually, really do this.”
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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the researchers say, is of much greater importance than the number of words a child hears.
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, October 26, 4:28 PM

After reading this, I come away thinking about the power of genuine, authentic conversation with our kids. 

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Fighting parents emotionally damage children

Fighting parents emotionally damage children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Parents who fight in front of their children risk damage to the child’s ability to recognise emotion, a new study suggests.

Researchers from New York University (NYU) found that such children would also struggle to control their own emotions. Lengthy periods of poverty during early childhood could also have a detrimental effect on their emotional development.
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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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