Early training plays a significant role in the shaping of their future abilities.
The result of much of the studies done on cognitive development (brain functions) in children shows that early training plays a significant role in the shaping of their future abilities
Scientists believe that a baby’s brain grows rapidly during the first few years of their lives. While it is growing, it is also mapping out the network of neurons that supports thinking and learning. This way it establishes its own potential capacity for processing information. But the use of this capacity is not an automatic process. Neuroscientists believe that it may be that the nerve cells within this network connection / this potential capacity, get turned on by the amount of stimulation they receive.This has led to the conclusion that infants need cognitive stimulation. It helps to fire up the neurons and promote a healthy development of the brain circuitry.
So what can parents do to foster this cognitive stimulation?
Obviously, they cannot make perfect the circuitry for the infant’s developing brain. They can, however, provide them with the right kind of stimulation. One brain researcher said that the child must get the right kind of stimulation at the right age to ensure the proper development of the neurological circuits.
What is the right kind of stimulation?
It is not just the giving of fancy and expensive toys. It is the giving of their time and attention to incite the infant to respond and react to his environment. It also means to provide an environment and experience that will capture his / her curiosity to explore; subsequently enabling the developing neurological network the capacity to expand.
What can parents do when the infant does not respond readily?
They must put on their creative hats, as it were, and search for activities that will arouse the child to respond: for example: play with them, the game: the dropping of the toy and picking it up again, and again, and again; whereas the infant does the dropping and the parent does the picking up, of course. The idea here is to find or create age appropriate activities that are funny and exciting to them, and to be willing to interact with them at their level. This will help the more docile child and eventually capture a vibrant response.
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