Development in the First Months and Years is the Most Important
During this time babies form 1 million new brain connections every second.
The brain eliminates weak connections and strengthens the ones that are reinforced.
This process is called pruning and helps to shape the brain architecture of your child.
Playing the Right Way = Improved Development
Providing your child with a broad range of meaningful experiences helps reinforce
fundamental brain connections.
What are Meaningful
They can take many shapes and forms. Learning the concept of Serve and Return is a good starting point.
Here’s how Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child defines Serve and Return interactions:
``Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or Ping-Pong, this back-and-forth is both fun and capacity-building. When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences.``
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
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