The Alberta Family Wellness Intiative, Harvard Center on The Developing Child, and FrameWorks Institue bring you…
How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
“Brains are built over time based on our experiences.”
A child’s developing brain needs a sturdy foundation to support lifelong learning.
Positive interaction between young children and their caregivers, literally build the architecture of the developing brain.
How Is a Solid Brain Foundation Built and Maintained?
- Serve and Return Interactions
- Healthy Stressors That Promote Growth and Expansion
- Effective “Air-Traffic Control” or Self-Regulation
To build better futures, we need to build better brains.
Nurturing environments, particularly from pre-natal to six years of age, are essential for healthy brain development. The basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Like the construction of a home, the building process begins with laying the foundation, framing the rooms, and wiring the electrical system in a predictable sequence. Early experiences literally shape how the brain is built; a strong foundation in the early years increases the probability of positive outcomes, while a weak foundation increases the odds of later difficulties. ~AlbertaFamilyWellnessInitiative