How to grow your child’s brain

Yes, you read it right. You can positively impact your child’s cognitive functioning and intelligence quotient. It is not too late!

Last month we wrote about the factors influencing brain elasticity. Today we will focus on actual steps to take based upon research supported by the National Institute of Health in the real life application of lessons learned.

  • Positive parent-child relationships “are critical and that they play a key role in brain development. “
  • Positive peer interactions such as “play has been shown to be important for the development of adult social competence” and it aids in prefrontal cortex development of children. Remember, in the last article we discussed the prefrontal cortex which is used for executive functions such as planning, decision making and personality development.
  • “Gestational and infant stress predisposes individuals for a variety of maladaptive behaviors and psychopathologies.”
  • Harmful bacteria on or in the body of the mom during the prenatal periods are associated with autism and schizophrenia in children. Further, this bacteria can “alter brain, motor, and behavioral development.”
  • Malnutrition has a negative effect on brain and behavioral development.

Another article you might like: Brain Elasticity and Children

To summarize these findings, how might we apply this knowledge to our everyday lives?

  • Maintain a positive adult-child relationship.
  • Encourage active play with peers and adults.
  • Make an effort to minimize family, school and work stress.
  • Maintain a clean, de-cluttered home environment.
  • Eat healthy and balanced meals.

Another article you might like: Brain Elasticity and Children

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