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52 Ways to Boost Young Children’s Brain Development
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Jill Stamm, Ph.D., Co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Facts and reports about how a young child’s brain actually develops have been available for over 15 years and yet it has remained difficult to transfer science-based information to the people who need it the most: caregivers of young children. One of the barriers has been that few translators have found easy-to-understand, short, yet accurate ways to explain clear messages from neuroscience to early care providers.
All forms of learning involve changes in the brain. The input from a child’s daily environment, especially the people in his/her life, directly affects how the intricate connections in the brain are wired. By working with and caring for a child in deliberate ways, an adult can influence the way a child’s mind grows. Responsive, attentive care allows the brain to develop in a healthy way. The central brain structures critical for learning and memory form early and are resistant, but not impossible, to change.
Learning objectives included:
- Discover how paying attention to the sequence and timing of how young brains wire up can guide the activities and experiences a caregiver should provide
- Realize how varying levels of stress cause different reactions in the brain
- Become aware of how many skills depend on pattern recognition
- Be able to explain how play is linked biologically to motivation and learning
- Learn effective arguments to explain the wisdom of the early childhood return on investment
Dr. Jill Stamm, cofounder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development (a program of Arizona’s Children Association) and an emeritus associate clinical professor at Arizona State University, is the author of the new book, Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us. Her recent book, Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3, has received excellent reviews from both caregivers and scientists alike. She is frequently quoted in child development articles, and has appeared many times on television, radio and website interviews. She served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and is an advisor for the series of Learning and the Brain Conferences.
Dr. Stamm is also the creator of Brain Boxes®, a unique patented set of early learning tools. She has two adult daughters, Kristin a neuroscientist, and Jenny, born prematurely with physical and developmental disabilities, but who has flourished with her mother’s understanding of her unique brain functioning.