Boosting Child Brain Functions with Different Techniques and Methods - Part II
By Andrew Loh
As explained in the previous article, child brain development is largely
dependent on early intervention from parents and other members of the
family. Here are some more techniques and methods that can help parents
to boost brain development in young toddlers.
Teach sequential and repetition techniques
A brain that learns sequential and
repetition techniques is known to perform better in the areas that
require analysis, imagination and interpretation. For example,
sequential boosting in young brains is possible by holding and squeezing
different parts of hands and fingers. Parents would surprised to see
that their young toddler will start repeating this simple gesture by
holding and touching different areas of its parent's hands and fingers.
Another simple technique is to teach babies to follow your moving gaze
from one area to the other.
Pretend play for young children
Young and pre-school children already possess the power of
imagination and creativity. However, they should be allowed to pretend
play to create more brain connections and better synapses. This should
be done before the age of five as brain stops growing after this age.
They should be allowed to create their own super heroes, heroines and
sundry imaginary characters. Children, who pretend play, are known to
learn how to experiment while donning the role of imaginary characters.
A “make-believe” setting will also allow children to experiment with
different life situations and scenarios. Apart from learning the art of
imagination and anticipation, children will also develop necessary
language skills and cognition.
Reading together is a fun time for children
Brain power could be boosted by reading together at
bed time. Early literacy is ensured when parents read to their children
at an early age. This also helps children develop better language
skills, vocabulary and communication abilities. It also helps audition
and speech abilities.
Developing social skills
Social skills are as important and critical as any other cognitive skills.
While mental skills are needed to perform well in studies, social skills
are important tools to sustain and manage life that is full of
unforeseen difficulties and problems. Social skills involve mingling
with people that include friends, classmates and other people in
society. A child is able to develop self-control, sharing feelings,
communicating with others and negotiating to achieve the desired
results. Social skills are also related to the development of emotional
intelligence which is so much required to lead an emotionally stable
life. When a child learns social skills, he or she will also manage
communication abilities and language acquisition. Allowing children to
mingle freely with other children is the first obvious choice to boost
Introducing language and music classes
A child that learns two or more classes will also stimulate different
areas of brain that are responsible for storing, sequencing and creating
spatial abilities. Allow children to learn one more language apart from
the mother tongue. Most schools allow children to learn another language
as part of the school curriculum. Music, dancing, drawing, painting and
other art activities are known to boost child brain development. Recent
research also suggests that children can easily acquire several other
skills like imagination, perception, cognition, reasoning, spatial
intelligence, problem solving, self expression and language. Make sure
to enroll your children to a music/dance school, a painting or art class.
The habit of reading
Reading is an all-season
activity that kick starts early literacy, language acquisition, speaking
skills and communication strategies. Reading also improves
concentration, attention span and connecting with a fictional world that
eventually lead to better imagination and perception skills. Bring home
plenty of books that are age appropriate. Let the books be colorful and
with interesting stories.
Learning how to differentiate between different colors
Learning to identify colors is known to enhance
several mental skills like perception, the power of cognition,
identification, sequencing and sorting. Display a color chart in front
of your children and ask them to identify different colors. This
exercise works out best for children within the age group of four and
five years. This activity involves matching, identifying and eventually
naming different colors.
Brain boosting food for better brain development
Just like any other activities, children need
nutritious food to develop their brain which is an important organ.
Daily diet for children should contain sufficient quantities of trace
minerals, vitamins, carbohydrate, protein and fat. Never ever give junk,
starchy, oily and sugary food as they may impede normal brain
development. Food containing fish, cereals, and oils with low fatty acid
content, coarse grains, shrimps, fruits, vegetables, raw and green
leaves, berries and nuts are very convenient for children. These food
ingredients are known to induce better brain development, streamlining
of cell connection, development of grey matter and better blood flow
system to the entire brain.
Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence
By Jane Healy, Ph.D
Hailed by parents and educators, Your Child's Growing Mind is a window into the fascinating process
of brain development and learning. It looks at the roots of emotion, intelligence, and creativity,
translating the most current scientific research into practical suggestions for parents and teachers.
Dr. Healy also addresses academic learning, offering countless suggestions for how parents can help
without pushing. She explains the building blocks of reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics and
shows how to help youngsters of all ages develop motivation, attention, critical thinking, and