Category: Child Brain Development

A Mother and Her Baby, So Close

– This great magnetic resonance image (MRI) of a mother and her baby curled up together, a symbol of close human bonding, was taken in April 2015. Such a picture needs several minutes to capture, a move of only a millimeter leaving a blur on the screen, so the mother …
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What Do the Smiles of Your Baby Mean

– Until the past century, infants’ early smiles were often considered as “just gas.” But according to new research, even if a newborn’s earliest ethereal grins are indeed only primitive impulses, first smiles are fundamental elements of emotional and social development, some of the first steps of lifelong social interactions. …
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Investing in Nurseries Is Key to Improve Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills

– According to a recent study, 80 percent of teachers surveyed said that investing in nurseries is key to improve early speech and language skills, while one in seven of them believe that poor language abilities during the early years has a lifelong impact. On the other hand, 78 percent …
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The First 1,000 Days Are Vital for Your Baby

– Today, most parents know that the first years are of vital importance for their baby’s development, who needs the best care during this crucial time. Early experience has indeed a lifelong impact. According to Professor Kevin Nugent, founder and director of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and …
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For Young Children, Content Is More Important Than Screen Time

– As every parent knows today, too much screen time is bad for their children. But how much screen time is too much? And how much can living in the virtual world be detrimental to a child’s development? Experts answer: “it depends,” starting with the child’s age. For Matthew Johnson, …
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How Technology Helps Scientists Understand Babies’ Brains at Babylab

– How can a scientist explore the brain of a baby who is still unable to speak nor follow any instruction? This is the big challenge encountered by researchers at the Birkbeck Babylab in London. In the first two years, an infant’s brain undergoes more changes than at any later time in life. While consciousness, personality, temperament and …
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Dyslexia Is Often Completely Misunderstood and Inappropriately Treated

– “Dyslexia” is used to define someone with reading difficulties. Researchers specializing in this domain say that they often read articles and hear conversations showing that dyslexia and the means to treat it are completely misunderstood. In relation with Dyslexia Empowerment Week, whose aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the disorder, experts highlight: …
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The Crucial Importance of a Good Reading Environment at Home for Young Children

– According to a study conducted in cooperation with the On Track Research Project at the Norwegian Reading Center in the University of Stavanger, Norway, young children who are not read to at home are at a disadvantage when they begin school. There are big differences between six-year-old kids nowadays, many of them can already read on their own, …
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The Critical Period When Everything Can Turn Right or Wrong for your Baby

– Human babies are born with incredibly sophisticated brains that look exactly like adult brains, even if they are four times smaller. Then, in the first three years of life, the infant’s brain will triple in size. According to neuroscientists and child development experts, the baby’s brain malleability is at …
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In Math, Your Preschooler Can Do Much More Than You Think

– Most preschools tend to postpone math to grade school, in the belief that toddlers are not able to grasp numbers. Yet, several decades of brain science have shown that young children are much more ready for math fundamentals than generally assumed, and that waiting to teach this subject is …
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