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VIDEO: Interaction Stimulates Brain Development

Take a look at this great three minute video from Erikson News. It highlights that active interaction between children and their parents is critically important to stimulating healthy brain development from infancy through adolescence.

View the video here.

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The Brain Architecture Game: The Story of Brain Development

Blackpool will become the first UK town to benefit from a new tool developed in North America by Dr Judy Cameron to help parents understand the importance of early brain development in babies.

The Brain Game shows how regular positive interaction with very young children is crucial for their social and emotional development – and how ‘toxic stress’ as a result of abuse or neglect can derail a child’s development.

The free activities are being delivered as part of the family launch of Blackpool Better Start, which received £45m from the Big Lottery Fund last year to develop a 10-year programme to improve outcomes for future generations in Blackpool by focusing on pregnancy and the early years.  

The Brain Game is part of raft of activities that aim to develop a shared understanding – and a shared language – about early child development among local parents and children’s workforce professionals (eg health visitors, midwives, teachers and social workers), delivered with the support of the Frameworks Institute in the USA and the Palix Foundation (formerly the Norlien Foundation) in Canada.

The Brain Game will look at local metaphors for child development, including Building Better Brains and Serve and Return.

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