Supporting Early Brain Development
Supporting the healthy development of the young child’s brain is both a tremendous opportunity and an awesome responsibility. While brain development begins prenatally, the brain is not fully developed at birth and the environment in which the young child grows up strongly influences how the brain is wired. Brain development is not complete at birth. Although many processes of brain development begin prenatally, significant brain growth continues long after birth. The brain continues to organize itself, make and refine connections, and develop protective coatings on the neurons for many months and years. This workshop explains the five basic processes of brain development, how the brain develops through life, and how repetition and experiences play a role in shaping brain development. We’ll also experience the Brain Architecture Game, an experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development.
2 Training Hours
Audience: All Providers
Level of Learning: Introductory
Presenter: Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator, University of Illinois Extension Office
Non 4-C Members: $10
4-C Members: free