Sep 24, 2010

Developing Brains

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An excerpt from The Star, 5 September 2010, by Dr.Khoo Boo Aik


It's a LONG article. I list out the main points for your reference. Must read!! :D


A human brain is as big as a chimpanzee's brain at birth. However, a chimpanzee's brain expands only by 28% by adulthood. A human's brain expands by almost 300%.

Nutrition and environment play a vital role in brain growth. A child's brain grows to almost 90% of its adult size before the age of four.

Learning is a lifelong process. The process peaked between the age of three and 10. Brains "sharpens" the most in the first 10 years of life.

Good brain development happens with warm encouragement and positive words from parents.

Severe stress can affect brain growth, especially if it continues for many months or years in early childhood.

Children learn with their five basic senses; SIGHT, SOUND, TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL.

75-90% of what your child learn is through what they SEE.
Younger children learn by putting things in their mouth to feel with their most SENSITIVE organ-the tongue.

Until a child is 6 months old, breast milk provides ALL important nutrients for OPTIMAL brain growth. A healthy and balanced diet ensures an ongoing future brain development.

Brain development can further be enhanced through interactions between parent and child, through touch, play and sound.

Hold and touch your child as much as possible.

Based on research, a child gains weight easily, cry less, more alert when gently massaged 3 times a day for 15 minutes.

Develop your child's hearing and language skills through repetition. Talk to them, name items, point to things and show expressions on faces.

Teach your child whenever and wherever possible, while dressing up, fixing dinner or even while driving.


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