Understanding “At Risk”


These resources are now owned and operated by Child Health BC who is making them freely available to parents, caregivers, families and anyone supporting healthy child development in the early years.

The Brain of a Child with Neurological Issues is Always Changing

Parents are encouraged to develop hopeful parenting habits and consult their doctors with the understanding that their child’s brain is always changing and might be more resilient than expected. Relax and love your baby.

“At-Risk” Means “Pay More Attention”

Exuberant neuroplasticity is observed in the first four years of an infant’s life, even when that infant is originally seen as “at-risk”. There are significant developmental changes in children from the age of four to six. 80% to 90% of children can improve during these years as new motor systems come online in the brain. It’s important that parents don’t “classify” and give up on a developing brain.


Dr. Karen Pape