Early Brain Nurturing in Children - Parental Intervention to Kick Start Brain Development
By Andrew Loh
Human brain is a strange organ! Likewise, a child's brain is mysterious
and ever evolving! Medical facts and research findings suggest us that
child brain has a number of periods of higher and better learning when
compared to others. At certain times, brain is more likely to secrete
very important bio-chemicals known as brain growth factors. These brain
growth factors possess an ability to encircle neurons with a high
quality and fatty layer of unknown substances (protein-rich) that
eventually speeds up learning process. Is it possible to trigger these
brain-growing periods with useful techniques? Experts also suggest us
that parents should find ways to excite and create new learning
environments that triggers meaningful learning process among children.
Motivating children brain goes beyond just showering love and
affection. Your children need more than that; in fact, parents may need
to provide an elusive impetus and catalyst that make them learn at a
faster pace. Children need various nurturing aids, tools and a dose of
excitement to learn at a productive pace. Unless a child has the desire
and the required motivation to work on own, parents may need to devise
their own ways and methods to encourage his or her to work hard.
Before understanding how early child nurturing aids work to your
children's advantage, let us know how two distinctive phases of brain
work and influence learning. Brain development research of the past
suggests two specific periods of brain development. These two periods
are Critical period and Sensitive period.
Critical periods represent very small interludes of occasions during
which a particular area of children's body stays in a weak position to
the lack of a strong external stimulation or excitement. For example,
vision and audition are two basic developmental phases that occur during
the first six months of life. If an infant fails to see, the light rays
or hears sound bites in the first six month of life, the visual and
auditory nerves that connect to the brain would gradually decay and die.
On the other hand, sensitive periods of brain development
represent very wide interludes of occasions when children could learn
some types of learning. This period may indicate not-too-precise or very
longer sessions of learning. A child may be using this opportunity when
he or she learns the basics of second language. Like the former period,
if the child fails to utilize this opportunity, the specific learning
might never occur and it may even be lost forever.
If your children acquire some skills during this period, they will be better in
their personal and academic life. Some of the skills those are learnt
during this time interlude relate to social, emotional and mental
skills. In other words, parents should make use of this period to their
maximum efficiency. The early brain research suggests us that the age
gap of 6 months to 3 years belongs to sensitive period.
The critical period in a child's life relates to mental and physical
development as dictated by the nature. Nature plans an important role
now. Many events in a child's early development phase are very difficult
to control and manage by parents and caregivers. Severe medical
conditions, malfunctions or illnesses may play a vital role in child's
normal brand development. However, sensitive periods are the time phases
when parents could use many nurturing tools and aids to help children in
raising their intelligence and cognition.
A child, in its infancy, may ask rudimental questions to itself and these questions are
very critical for their development as parent's failure to answer these
questions may derail normal child development. Some of these questions
are as follows:
Would people respond to my needs and requirements?
Is the person in front of me is trustable?
be person in front of me would be available when I require?
Am I an important entity for the person in front of me?
What type of behavior would the person in front expect from me?
Learning during sensitive periods happens with all the five senses. Introducing
early brain nurturing aids would enhance learning by using all these
five senses of the body. For example, the brain gets its necessary
inputs from senses like sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Early
nurturing aids need not be physical in nature. A series of multi-sensory
experiences would boost children's cognitive, social, emotional,
physical, speech and language skills.
The first important task for a parent is to create a meaningful and productive multi-sensory
environment by using a number of techniques and tools. Here are some of
Smell senses: Introduce very low doses of aromatic oil in
the home. Buy safe-grade oil sprays that contain different oils.
Traditionally, people consider lavender aroma synonymous with calmness
and relaxation, while cinnamon and peppermint would keep children
wide-awake and responsive.
Vision and lighting: Lighting may
play an important role in making children either alert or dull. Bright
child always keeps infants on an alter mode while soft light helps them
to calm down. Young children at least 12-14 hours of sleep and you may
create such an environment in your house by controlling the ambient
Vision and colors: Almost all colors are rejuvenating in
nature. Color is the essence of life too. Some colors enhance learning
activity; colors like yellow, beige and off-white are soothing and
relaxing, and they help children calm down and relax. Children's day or
study room should be colored bright shades like red or orange so that
they can excite your children to study more.
Hearing and music:
Light music acts as a learner booster! Quiet and soft music played in
children room when they are sleeping will help their brain get excited
for better brain wiring. Music may also enhance intelligence and IQ
A series of early brain nurturing aids will help your
children develop their brain at an optimum level. In the next article,
let us deal with intuitive measures to make your children smarter and
brainier. Continue to read
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