Your Child’s Brain – What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know


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Input From the Environment Shapes the Brain

 In children’s brains there is a process of pruning that occurs at different times in different brain systems such as vision, hearing, language, and attention.  It’s a mechanism that shapes the form of the brain, and it depends on input from the environment.

Experience Builds the Brain Through Neuroplasticity

The input that children receive really matters. Environmental input leads to changes in brain physiology, brain anatomy, brain chemistry and gene expression.


Dr. Helen Neville