Category: Child Brain Development

Parents Have a Determining Influence on their Kids’ Early Development

– In Australia, a rather prosperous country, 20 percent of children are developmentally at risk when they start school. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice at risk to have poor health, social, emotional and cognitive difficulties over the long term. Already in 2012, an OECD report revealed that one in …
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The “Mozart Effect” Is One of the Most Persistent Parenting Myths

– Parents who believe that classical music makes babies smarter are wrong. So far, there is no evidence that listening to Mozart or any other kind of music has any effect on skills that are not, well… musical. Listening to music does very little for developing overall intelligence over the …
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The Hechinger Report: What Parents and Teachers Should Know About Preschool Math

– Based on her research of how preschoolers learn numbers throughout first grade, Bethany Rittle-Johnson, a professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), explained the most important elements of early math – some information that any parent and preschool teacher must know. According to Rittle-Johnson, learning about …
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Very Interesting Things About Babies’ Brain Development

– During the last few years, some very interesting things were discovered about babies’ brain development. Until the last century, for example, it was believed that infants did not feel pain, an assumption that seems ridiculous today. Not only do babies feel pain but they have an even lower threshold …
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Screen Time Can Be Harmful for Children’s Development

– According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children under two years old should not be allowed to use screens at all, while this kind of activity should be limited to less than an hour a day between ages two and four. On the other hand, parents and children are using …
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The Crucial Importance of your Toddler’s Oral Vocabulary

– What can parents do to help their children succeed in preschool, kindergarten, and far beyond? According to a new study by Penn State Associate Professor Paul L. Morgan and colleagues, oral vocabulary is a factor uniquely predictive of both the academic and behavioral achievement of a child. 90 percent …
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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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