Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3

Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3

Jill Stamm

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 159240362X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A cutting-edge handbook for parents from a pioneer in infant brain development

Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music into the nursery? Dr. Stamm translates the latest neuroscience findings into clear explanations and practical suggestions, demonstrating the importance of the simple ways you interact with your child every day. It isn’t the right “edu-tainment” that nurtures an infant’s brain. It is as simple as Attention, Bonding, and Communication, and it’s within every parent’s ability to provide. Practical games and tips for each developmental age group will show you not only what the latest findings are but, more importantly, tell you what to do with them.

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contains a wealth of fascinating information! Sowell, E. R., Delis, D., Stiles, J., & Jernigan, T. L. (2001). Improved memory functioning and frontal lobe maturation between childhood and adolescence: A structural MRI study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 7(3): 312-322. Suomi, S. J. (2003). Gene-environment interactions and the neurobiology of social conflict. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1008: 132-139. Sylwester, R. (1995). A Celebration of

vision. Visual games play a key role very early in development and continue to be important later when your child enters a pre-reading stage. Visual refinement remains important because the visual system needs to be wired in an integrative way with the auditory system (sounds) in order for processes such as typical reading to take place. ATTENTION-BUILDERS FOR INFANTS (0 TO 6 MONTHS) Be sure to use a very exaggeratedly slow, expressive kind of talk (known as “parentese”) when you play to

early age. Directions: • Choose a board book with very simple, bright, and colorful photographs, such as one that introduces colors. I like to use a book of simple, clear photos called Colors (Howard Shooter, DK Publishing). Hold your baby in your lap with his back against your chest so he can see the beautiful bright colors as you turn the pages. • Name the colors. Label each object. Go slowly. • Point out details and how each object is used. For example, “This beautiful bluuue butterfly

ways of getting along in the world. For example, many children labeled as “shy” can learn skills that help them to interact easily with others because they have parents and teachers who show them how to do that . . . and who guide and shape these abilities. Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Harvard University, studied initial traits in four-month-old infants and has done follow-up assessments over many years with these same children. His research has found that many of the infant’s

the oldest starts negotiating for one more TV show. Mom again announces, more loudly, “It’s bedtime!” The two-year-old is now crying and the four-year-old shows no sign of hearing her as he clicks the remote looking for his favorite station. By 8:00, Mrs. Keller has one angry two-year-old who has just finished his bath (which she gave him while also on her cell phone) and a four-year-old who has just finished watching his show and is now steering his toy cars around his bedroom floor. By 8:15,

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