Toddlers are still in the process of developing their intellectual capabilities. No matter how potent a child’s mind may seem, it cannot thrive speedily on its own, and somewhat needs assistance. One of the traits that is present in many toddlers is the ability to absorb new knowledge and stimuli like a sponge. The speed of growth during this stage is quite fast; in fact, sometimes keeping up with it is difficult, at which point depositing good habits into a child at this time is an ideal goal.
As a parent or a guardian, helping a child by assisting her growth in the area of intellectual development is a must and not just an option. Although there are many ways of attaining that goal, the following are a few of the easy ways to assist a toddler’s brain development effectively.
Does your child start each first day of school with a tummy ache? Does he feel fine on the last day of summer and suddenly wake up with “the worst headache in the world” the next day? If you’re like most and your child doesn’t jump out of bed full of smiles on his first day of school, here are ten tips you can use to ease the back-to-school jitters.
Ease in: Before school begins, form a new “back-to-school” routine. “In mid-August we have an end of summer fun day with friends,” says Sherry Balzano, high school guidance counselor and mother of two. “Once that day has happened, the alarm clocks get set again, school supplies are purchased and bedtime moves back half an hour. This really helps to ease the transition,” she adds.
Basic needs: Make sure your child is eating properly, exercising, getting enough rest, and is up-to-date
For many people, the word stroke conjures images of middle-aged smokers, prime rib devotees, or other people who routinely ignore the risk factors commonly associated with this potentially life threatening condition. However, strokes also occur in children.
According to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, CHASA, strokes occur at the highest rate among infants one month of age or younger and are fatal in 20% to 40% of cases.
Childhood Stroke Risk Factors
Over 100 childhood stroke risk factors have been identified, such as sickle cell disease, infections (including chicken pox) and metabolic disorders. However, in one third of infants and one tenth of children, no cause is ever found.
The Symptoms of Childhood Stroke
The symptoms of childhood stroke may include:
delay in reaching expected developmental milestones such as sitting up, rolling over, crawling, or smiling
In this day and age there are many factors that affect the development of America's youth, many of which were not present as recent as fifty years ago. Perhaps the most prevalent of these factors in today's society are music and television. Although music has been around for centuries and television for the past sixty or so years, the post modern era has seen a dramatic change in pop culture which has made many Americans, including children, dependant on these two entities. Although the original intent of both music and television was the spread of culture and information, today's media and pop culture can be very detrimental to the development of children. Despite the fact that musicians such as Beethoven and Bach are seen as geniuses, the music of today can be said to be destroying the foundation which it was built upon. Television, once a source of information and …
Drawing is certainly one of the greatest skills that are possessed by any individual. There are many people who are desperate to draw especially with the right brain. You must also belong to the same group. Most people generally draw with the left brain, and consequently, this has also given more importance to try drawing with the right brain. Well, it is not much difficult to draw with the right brain. However, there are few things of course that you would have to follow, so that you end up becoming a successful artist. In fact, when you draw with your right brain, things certainly look more creative, and make greater sense. There are different ways by means of which you can draw with your right brain. Here are few of the things that you can follow to complete your drawing successfully:
Compared to all the beings on the face of the earth, the human being is the only organism with no extraordinarily special qualities, but still, we rule the world because having a, you guessed it right, Brain. That comprehends how important this walnut-like organ in our head is.
The brain has amazing power, most of which is not even fully known by the modern sciences.
The brain is the control centre of all the functions of the body be it voluntary or involuntary. A sound brain, i.e., a healthy brain is what is necessary for a healthy body and a happy life.
If this part of you isn’t well balanced then all of your efforts to get a better lifestyle are going to be all in vain.
The mind is practically divided into three parts, these are conscious, unconscious and subconscious minds. Most of the activities of the brain are …
This study compares the development of children living in institutions to the development of formerly institutionalized children now living in Romanian foster homes established by the Network. (Both groups of children are also compared to a group of never-institutionalized Romanian children living with their biological families.) The domains of development studied include brain, behavior, social-emotional development, attachment, cognition, language development, and physical growth. The goals of the study are:
to examine the effects, across a number of domains, of early social deprivation experienced by young children raised in Romanian institutions
to determine to what extent an intervention (in this case, placing the child with a foster family) could remediate the negative effects of institutionalization
Three groups of young children are being studied: 66 children raised in institutions and remaining institutionalized, 70 removed from institution and placed in foster homes screened, and trained under the auspices of the Network, and 72 …
The Network has established a collaboration with the National Research Council Institute of Medicines Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. Together, the two organizations will explore various ways in which they may be able to provide specific audiences (e.g., policy makers, practitioners, educators) with responsible, accurate scientific information needed to make effective decisions about the lives of children.
Working Group On Public Dissemination And Social Policy
The Network has, from its inception, had an interest in the dissemination of responsible scientific information to the public. All too often, science is oversimplified, misunderstood, or misapplied. In an effort to be a broker of reliable science, the Network has established a joint working group with several members of the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. This committee recently published a report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, which distills many years of research …
The dissemination of our growing knowledge of the importance of the first years of life on brain-behavioral development has recently been extended beyond academia to include the general public. Here the application of this knowledge base to the tasks of child rearing has been facilitated by the proliferation of a diversity of educational materials, including parenting and womens magazines, television and radio talk shows, and a range of popular books authored by respected authorities such as Brazelton, Leach, and Spock.
The positive consequences of this knowledge explosion include greater public awareness of the importance of the early years, and increased interested in integrated, family-centered support services.
The negative consequences include among others the frequent portrayal of this knowledge base in the media as greater than what it in fact is (e.g., despite the fact that we do not know nearly enough about the role of experience in brain development, there …
Children (and some non-human primates) who are anxious or who are provoked by highly emotional stimuli show distinctive lateralization of EEG activity in the frontal cortex (that is, there appears to be greater activity on one side of the frontal cortex than the other). This study seeks to determine the brain structures that contribute to this distinctive EEG pattern.
EEG: An electroencephalogram is a record of the activity of large numbers of neurons within the brain region closest to electrodes placed on the surface of the scalp.
FRONTAL EEG ASYMMETRY
Previous EEG (electroencephalogram) studies of behaviorally inhibited children have revealed that these childrens brain activation differs from that of normal, non-inhibited children. Specifically, their right frontal lobes are significantly more active than their left frontal lobes. This study seeks to determine if the activity measured by these EEG studies originates in the frontal lobes, or in other structures involved in …