Upcoming Course: Brain Highways Babies: Developing the Brain, April 6th-May 18th (This course takes just 2.5 hours to complete, and participants choose when they log on to review materials.) Register here.
A baby’s first year of life lays the groundwork for the rest of his or her life.
Wow. That sounds like a pretty dramatic statement. Yet, it’s during the first of life that we’re supposed to acquire automatic brain functions that then help us to focus, read, write, play sports, and engage in social interactions later in life. However, many parents may not know what to do to ensure that their baby ends up with that strong foundation—or what parents may inadvertently be doing that interferes with such natural development.
We can influence how our baby’s brain is wired.
For example, how we respond to whining (yes, even babies learn to whine) during that first year of life will greatly determine whether our baby inadvertently automates whining as one of his or her stress responses. If that happens, we can then predict with high probability that our baby will also become a child who whines . . . who then becomes an adult who whines.
Thankfully, the brain is all about second chances. So, yes, we can learn to disable unproductive, automated circuitry and replace that with something more helpful at any time in our life. But why wouldn’t we want to learn how to lay down the best highways—right from the start?
We often think that getting our baby to walk is the end-goal of the first year of life.
And yet, much, much more is supposed to happen during that first year. It turns out that early neural connections influence the rest of our child’s life. That’s because such circuitry provides the foundation for being able to learn with ease, excel in sports, stay focused, and more.
The Developing the Brain course is rich in diverse content.
First, the Developing the Brain course spells out how which movements babies should be doing at each stage of development and why. Most importantly, parents also learn what they can do to encourage and ensure that those movements do happen.
But the course equally presents fresh information on topics such as how to enhance the receptive stage of language development (where babies understand language before they speak), how to play with babies in ways that promote brain development, how to specifically calm a baby—and how to even teach babies to calm themselves.
The Developing the Brain course presents informative, one-of-a-kind videos.
The course presents short clips of babies doing the kinds of movements that are so key to the brain. That way, parents can truly “see” how such innate movements do progress when given a chance to do so. Videos also show how to naturally interact with babies in ways that not only develop the brain, but also expedite language development. And last, videos show parents using simple techniques that calm a crying baby and stop a baby from whining. There’s even footage of a baby calming himself!
Program participants read basic program statements before enrolling.
We just want to make sure that everyone is on the same page before anyone registers for a Brain Highways Babies course. For example, we're only an educational program. So, nothing we offer is ever intended to interfere with whatever medical professionals may have advised a participant. Or, while we do give permission for one other person to access to the course materials (so long as that person is also a caretaker of the same child), we don't give permission for participants to forward our materials to anyone else. So, we've put those kinds of statements in our Program Agreement form.