Experiences changes the brain

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on how different experiences increases brain development in young children
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Experiences changes the brain

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It’s interesting to know that the brain is changed constantly by experience. And a young child’s brain is especially plastic or malleable – it responds to everything that goes on in the environment; it responds to everything that the child does and it responds at an emotional level to interactions with parents and peers and teachers. So what we really see here is a very flexible organism that’s going to be shaped by the kinds of experiences that it has and the things that the child interacts with. So the bottom line here for parents is to give your child a wide variety – a cafeteria – of interesting experiences, all surrounded with that marvelous love that only a parent can give that girths that brain for a lifetime of really successful learning.

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on how different experiences increases brain development in young children

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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