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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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daily edventures | “Hands down, social media is the most exciting innovation in education today. With the use of networking sites, I have all of the experts who are working in the field at my finge...

daily edventures | “Hands down, social media is the most exciting innovation in education today. With the use of networking sites, I have all of the experts who are working in the field at my finge... | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
daily edventures | “Hands down, social media is the most exciting innovation in education today.
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 Some of the excellent thoughts Amy shares:

 

"I think in our culture, we spend far too much time racing. We want fast food, fast music, fast television, and we want fast results.  I think as a culture we spend so much time focusing on a quick fix and not enough time considering the long term.  When we look at education as a race, it also implies that there are winners and losers. If we are truly to make a greater impact on the necessary changes in education, it cannot be a race. It cannot be a competition; we all need to be in this together, we need to enjoy the process, and we need to be in it for the long haul."

 

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Power of playtime: Single mothers can reduce stress by playing, engaging with children

Power of playtime: Single mothers can reduce stress by playing, engaging with children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
A group of researchers is studying ways to help single mothers improve their relationship with their children.
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"Among many of their findings, they have discovered that single mothers who engage with children in daily activities -- such as reading stories or playing games -- may experience lower levels of stress."

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Children and the Brain: Think Big!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Children and the Brain: Think Big! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
What is good for the body... is good for the brain! Often when we hear the term "healthy" we generally think in terms of our body. However, realizing the positive impact healthy habits have on our brains and the dramatic effect they have on children can make an remarkable difference.
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Caring friends can save the world

Caring friends can save the world | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
New research shows that caring in friendships stands between apathy and activism, and is directly related to a teen's concern with making a difference.
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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

Check it out and see if you are quite surprised by this!!

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Most people are appalled to realize this!

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Sally DeCost's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:08 AM

Yes, surprising.  But most teachers realize this without having to read it!

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Naturally Developing Young Brains

Naturally Developing Young Brains | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Join Dr Rosina as she interviews Deborah McNelis - early brain development specialist. Deborah is an author, speaker, and founder of Brain Insightst. Her passion is to achieve the best possible outcome for all children and make brain development common knowledge.

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This was a great pleasure! I so enjoyed the enthusiasm from Dr. Rosina! She is a very dedicated professional that I so respect! Her book, Inspired Children is so extremely valuable with knowledge from nurmerous experts, and one in which I recommend frequently!

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Positive Thoughts May Help Treat Depression

Positive Thoughts May Help Treat Depression | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
A treatment called positive activity interventions (PAIs), such as counting one's blessings and practicing optimism, works as a successful and safe approach to managing depression.
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Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research.
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"Studies show that responding to a baby's needs (not letting a baby "cry it out") has been shown to influence the development of conscience; positive touch affects stress reactivity, impulse control and empathy; free play in nature influences social capacities and aggression; and a set of supportive caregivers (beyond the mother alone) predicts IQ and ego resilience as well as empathy."

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Discovery Health "10 Ways to Build Resilience"

Discovery Health "10 Ways to Build Resilience" | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Learn ten ways to become more resilient when coping with trauma or stress from Discovery Health. (RT @800273TALK: Building resilience can help you cope with stressful life events and traumatic experiences.

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Positive Families's curator insight, December 25, 2012 11:12 PM

10 Ways to Build Resilience @scoopit

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Creating Great Connections and HOPE with Brain Insights ~ Making Great Connections in the New Year!

Creating Great Connections and HOPE with Brain Insights ~ Making Great Connections in the New Year! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Children need EVERY adult, that has an influence on their life,  to understand the basics of brain development and help them learn needed life skills. We owe every child the opportunity to develop in the most healthy ways possible.

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"We ALL benefit when ALL children have well developed brains!"

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Up Down and All Around ~ Kids Who Fidget and Move

Up Down and All Around ~ Kids Who Fidget and Move | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Frequently children get into trouble at home and in school because they move too much. They fidget, fall off chairs, or leave their seats when they are expected
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 This understanding so important and so helpful for many educators and parents. ... but best of all benefits children!

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Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain

Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, an emerging view of human evolution goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.
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Ian Banyard's curator insight, January 7, 2013 12:09 PM

More great information about the brain and human evolution.

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peaceful parenting: The Dangers of Crying It Out

peaceful parenting: The Dangers of Crying It Out | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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"With neuroscience, we can confirm what our ancestors took for granted---that letting babies get distressed is a practice that can damage children and their relational capacities in many ways for the long term. We know now that leaving babies to cry is a good way to make a less intelligent, less healthy but more anxious, uncooperative and alienated person who can pass the same or worse traits on to the next generation."

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Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazleton

Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazleton | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Brazelton realized that children's behavior affects parents just as parents' behavior affects children. It is a two-way street.
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How can reading to my child help with development? - Emergent Literacy

How can reading to my child help with development? - Emergent Literacy | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"How can reading to my child help with development?

 

Studies have shown that in most cases, the highest level high school and college students were read to as young children. This is due to the fact that reading aloud helps children develop language and vocabulary before they start school."

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The brain is experience dependent. That means, a child must be exposed to language to be able to make the brain connections for using language. The brain develops most language skills from birth to the age of three. When children are talked to frequently during these early years, the result is a better vocabulary and a higher level of language and reading ability overall.


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Men's Brains, Women's Brains

Men's Brains are made of little boxes. Women's brains are like wires. Mark Gungor.

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Ian Banyard's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:11 AM

A very funny and insightful look inside men and women's brains.

Octopi Neuro Design's curator insight, February 5, 2013 11:11 AM

Love this video - so true!

Deborah McNelis's comment, February 5, 2013 4:30 PM
So love this... and haven't seen it for awhile. Thanks for posting, since laughing is so good for both men and women's brains!
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Love and Play: The Gift Children Want Most!

Love and Play: The Gift Children Want Most! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

“Regardless of the general environment, all children need stimulation and nurturance for healthy development. If these are lacking or if a child’s caretakers are indifferent or hostile, the child’s brain development may be impaired.” 

- US DHFS, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau 2001

Deborah McNelis's insight:

Includeds fun, learning and loving interactive Valentine activities to do with 0- 5 year olds! The benefits to the brain are also explained.

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How poverty influences a child's brain development

How poverty influences a child's brain development | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Science is figuring out exactly how the damage is done and what steps can be taken to halt and then heal it
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This is so important to so many aspects of our society! ~ As I continue to say, "We ALL benefit when ALL children have well developed brains!"

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David Hain's curator insight, January 29, 2013 5:11 AM

Reminded me of stories of the Romanian orphans from years ago and the power of a hug.

Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:20 AM
There is is the possibility that poverty may prevent the stimulation needed for children to develop their curiosity which leads to learning. Poverty could be confining in terms of not sufficient nutrients in order to help develop the neural network. Also poverty seems to isolate children from social interactions which is critical for development; audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk.
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Brain Fun: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Brain Fun: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Deborah McNelis's insight:

Read these quotes on what is important for children's development, and try to determine in what year these statments were published!

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Deborah McNelis's comment, January 28, 2013 5:38 PM
Can you guess when these quotes were published?
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Study Finds Link Between Music and Preschoolers Reading Readiness - News Center

Study Finds Link Between Music and Preschoolers Reading Readiness - News Center | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Creating a Better Life... for Everyone!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Creating a Better Life... for Everyone! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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"When we have our brains functioning best... we can be an even more positive influence for everyone in our lives. And... when we better understand and provide what brains need most, then we can support optimal growth, health and happiness!"

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Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude

Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
We all know that getting a good night's sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.
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I just shared your link in a blog post! Hope it brings more attention to your page! http://braininsights.blogspot.com/2013/01/creating-better-life-for-everyone.html#
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Brain Power: Comparing a Child’s Brain to the Growing Global Internet

Brain Power: Comparing a Child’s Brain to the Growing Global Internet | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks" is the newest short film to emerge from Moxie Institute’s Let It Ripple series, which aims to provide free media for inspiring organizations and, most importantly, connect people and ideas throughout the world.
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A big brainstorm is on the horizon in neuroscience

A big brainstorm is on the horizon in neuroscience | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
With unprecedented access to the structure, function and genetic foundations of the most complex of all known systems – the brain – neuroscientists are scaling up their ambitions, as support for their efforts rises.
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Parenting with Baby Brain Insights: How to Use Music! - Character Building from KidsDiscuss.com

Parenting with Baby Brain Insights: How to Use Music! - Character Building from KidsDiscuss.com | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
My Baby Brain Loves Music! If you're a parent and your baby could tell you how music helps his brain, would you listen? Our expert parenting author, Deborah McNelis, has written the most practical information with simple activities entitled, Brain...
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