February 20, 2018

Baby Brain Development

How the brain develops has been researched since time began. For so long, this was viewed as some mystical event. Then rudimentary with the basis of being only an internal process. But recently, there has been significant discoveries of how environment plays a huge part in the brain development, especially baby brain development.

In her article, Mind In The Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Author Ellen Galinsky shares some interesting facts on how fascinating  baby brain development is. Here is a piece of an article written after listening to the author speak.

Baby Brain Development

Baby Brain DevelopmentWhat was exciting to me as I was reading the book and listening to Ellen speak, is what the researchers are now discovering about babies and toddlers and how they learn. Most people don’t think to pair the word “competent” with  infants, yet, they are competent to begin participating in relationship and learning from their first moments, and the research provides some striking examples of ways we can support even the youngest and most fragile of babies to begin to develop the skills they will need and use for life. I am especially interested in making connections between the current research and my practice of Magda Gerber’s philosophy of educaring (educaring = teaching  while caring).

Particularly fascinating to me, and what I want to highlight in this post and the next, is Heidelise Als’s (of Harvard University) research with preterm infants (born ten to twelve weeks before their due date) in neonatal intensive care units. Als’s work points to the tremendous competence and resilience even the most fragile baby is born with. Ellen shares in her book that her son Philip was born premature, so Als’s research was of particular interest to her, as well. Ellen believes Als’s work has important implications for all children, because it is instructive in how we can work with children to help them to thrive and cope in the face of challenges, becoming stronger in the process. Full article

Neurotherapy is now becoming an accepted and requested service for children who experience prenatal trauma as well as trauma experienced up to age 3. Though brain development does not stop at age 3, most of the hardwiring is done by then. They are finding out that this type of therapy can augment baby brain development to assist in filling in the gaps where development was stopped or delayed.

Furthermore, they are finding there are everyday things parents can do starting from infant to adulthood that too will be beneficial. One of the biggest obstacles in obtaining neurotherapy is the unknown. Here is a video that explains what a typical neuro treatment entails.

For this mother of 5 who had varying degrees of trauma during baby brain development, knowing that I can help both on my own and with neurotherapy gives me great comfort.

Please add a comment below sharing your experience in the area of baby brain development. The shared experiences are vital to us parents feeling supported. Like we say it takes a village!


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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. Just read and watched the video and it was very interesting. Every baby needs special care especially those born premature. By sharing this article many moms out there will benefit. Thanks for sharing.
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