Did you know that the first three years of your child’s life are the peak of brain development? You are the most important person in your child’s life, but how do you impact your child positively?
Chaya Kulkarni, Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion at the Hospital for Sick Children, tells us why it’s so important to nurture your child’s early brain development, and how to do it…
What Is Happening In The Developing Brain Those First Three Years?
700 synaptic connections are being made every second!
This is amazing! But, we not only want the connections to be made, we also want those connections to be strengthened. How does that happen for a young child? Relationships. Secure attachments are the most important thing a developing child needs.
Being responsive to your child’s needs, goes a long, long way to positively affect a child’s brain development. Something as simple as getting down on your child’s level and playing with him or her can help to secure attachment. These happy moments are easier, but what about when your child is distressed? Remeber that not responding when your child is stressed can be harmful to his or her development.
Some things to do:
- Observe and learn
- Practice noticing your child’s cues
- Be responsive
- Create a rich language environment
- Play with your child
Small children are non-verbal. This means that as adults we need to take a bit more care to pay attention and seek to understand. When we notice cues, we can begin to nurture and respond accordingly.
To more, watch the video:
The most important thing a parent can do?
Respond to their child’s needs and be aware of what those needs are. It’s really about the child’s agenda and not the parent’s agenda. Chaya Kulkarni