In this module, you will learn the importance of healthy brain development. We begin by discussing how our understanding of brain development has changed from past to present. We then describe how the brain develops and emphasize that healthy brain development is dependent upon responsive interactions and supportive attachment relationships.
We also discuss how children learn language through interaction and overview the primary roles of the five major brain chemicals. In addition to illustrating the impact of trauma on the developing brain, we offer strategies for encouraging healthy brain development. Finally, we highlight the importance of predictable, consistent daily routines for supporting optimal brain development.
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