How you can boost your child’s brain power

So what are the most useful things a parent can do for their child’s brain development? What sort of environment do the researchers believe helps a child to develop?

  •  A child needs to feel secure both emotionally and physically. Safety is paramount for a child to be able to extend themselves beyond basic survival skills. A loving, peaceful environment gives the child opportunities for enhanced development.
  • Talk to and with your child. Language is a powerful learning tool, but first the child must learn the language and the best way to do that is to hear it. Start from birth telling the child what you are doing, what they are doing, what you are going to do and what you have done. Read to your child from birth.
  • Provide a wide variety of movement opportunities and take note of how much time your child is “restrained” (car seat, high chair, front/back pack, etc.). GymbaROO provides many ideas and opportunities in this area.
  • The quarterly GymbaROO magazine, ‘First Steps’ (distributed FREE with enrolment at GymbaROO) is full of good activities for brains.

Above all, spend time with your child, playing, cuddling, exploring, or experimenting.  There is no substitute for developing your child’s brain: you, your enthusiasm for life and your love and support are what your child needs.

References:
Brain Power. What goes on inside little heads? By Katherine Partridge
www.earlychildhood.com/community/news/news_features.asp?docld=102241
Brain Based Learning; Eric Jensen
Optimising Early Brain and Motor Development Through Movement. By Carl Gabbard and Luis Rodrigues.
Tessa Grigg is a trained teacher and also a trained GymbaROO instructor. Her fascination with the developing brain of a child has been at the base of her 20 years of teaching. But the most interesting and challenging time has been the last few years as she has nurtured the brain of her own son Harry.

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