Boosting Child Brain Functions with Different Techniques and Methods - Part I
By Andrew Loh
Child brain is an amazing organ that transforms itself into a highly
performing unit by the time the child reaches the age of ten. Right at
birth, a baby brain contains as many as 100 billion neurons while later
brain growth into the first five years will lead to the development of
more than trillion connections that are called neural synapses. However,
the new neural connections are possible only when the child brain is
stimulated by using brain stimulation techniques. The efficiency of
brain depends on a rule called “use it or lose it” meaning enhanced
brain wiring would lead to a superior brain which is possible only when
the child uses its brain continuously throughout the day.
When parents provide enough affectionate, loving and enriched experience to
their young children, millions of synapses that are yet to join and make
a connection will start the process of “hard wiring” eventually creating
a brain system that is far more efficient and organized. Parental
intervention is very critical for a child to boost brain growth. Here
are some simple techniques and methods to stimulating child brain and
make him more intelligent and smarter.
Mothers! Give your child a head start even before he is born!
Healthy pregnant mothers are
the ones who give birth to babies that are not only physically active
but also mentally stronger and intelligent. Staying out of liquor,
cigarettes and non-prescribed medications ensures hassle free pre and
Shower love and affection to the new born
Research shows that early love and affection shown towards babies and
young toddlers are more likely to result in the proper development of
brain functions and cognitive skills. Children who are not loved and
adored are more likely to turn into dull and intellectually inferior.
Talk and sing to young children
Talking and singing is a
two-way communication system. When mothers talk to their young toddlers,
they respond with their own in-built communication system tucked within
the rudimentary brain system. In fact, moving fingers, grasping mothers
hands, gazing, smiling, cooing and kicking legs are all essential parts
of a two-way communication system.
Talk with sense and let the dialogues be meaningful
Strong vocalization with better
vocabulary will ensure development of those areas of brain that relate
to language and speech functions. Delighted vocalization (also known as
parentese) involved strong voice and deep affection.
Play tender games with babies and toddlers
Playing games that involve hand
movements are time-tested methods to boost baby brain development.
Simple and sequential games are known to enhance vital brain functions
like hand-muscle-eye movements, cognitive enhancement and boosting of
Gaze at your baby and try to focus its attention on you
The power of concentration and attention could be enhanced
by simply gazing at the eyes of babies and toddlers. Talk something as
you gaze at the eyes. This helps baby to concentrate on what you are saying.
Boost emotional feelings
Just by touching baby's
hair, legs, and hands known to produce a bigger brain size that contains
far more brain connections than other babies that do not receive such
treatment. Emotional development is as important as mental and IQ
Bring home toys that are brain and physical appropriate
Toys should help young one explore, interact and
learn. Children should be able to learn such skills as cause and effect
relationship, reasoning, motor skills, cognition, imagination,
deduction, analytical power and other related mental abilities.
Read to your children even if they are just one year old
Reading stories or singing rhymes to your babies is known to develop receptive
areas of brain that are needed to develop comprehension, understanding
and power of understanding. As parents change the rhythm of voice and
intonations, a young toddler will start to develop those areas of brain
that are related to language, diction, comprehension and reception.
Ensure a safe and cozy environment
A safe and cozy living environment is essential for a healthy and intelligent baby.
It is known that the power of spatial learning is enhanced and boosted when parents
ensure a warm and cozy environment. A young toddler should learn and
understand such parameters as “over”, “near”, “far”, “under”,
“uncomfortable”, “peace”, “safety” and “danger.” This would also lead to
an ability that compares and contrasts good from the bad, safe from
danger and comfort from difficulty.
The foundation for a healthy
and efficient brain is laid in the first two years of age while parental
intervention can easily boost brain development by at least two percent
points. What young toddlers need are internal motivation, encouragement,
love and affection and a baby that gets enough of these essential
requirements are more likely develop superior brains. You can continue to read
Boosting Child Brain Functions with Different Techniques and Methods - Part II.