BRAINS AREN’T JUST BORN, THEY’RE BUILT!
Brain development starts at birth and continues into adulthood. As a child encounters positive and negative experiences, their brain develops and changes accordingly. The Brain Story, created by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, and the FrameWorks Institute, explains the experiences that affect a child’s developing brain through the 6 ‘Sharing the Science’ segments you can dive into using the menu below.
HOW BRAINS ARE BUILT:
INTRODUCING THE BRAIN STORY
Did you know that childhood experiences affect brain development?
Our brains continuously develop from before birth and into adulthood but there are key ‘sensitive periods’ where children’s brains are more malleable, making them more susceptible to both positive and negative experiences (Shonkoff et al, 2008) (Siegel and Bryson, 2012).
Positive experiences build healthy brains!
Caring Relationships, Love, & Community Support
Childhood Trauma, Neglect, and Abuse
Although it’s beneficial to provide children with positive experiences as early as possible, our brains always have the potential to change and grow. It’s never too late to give a child or young person positive brain building experiences.