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Is There a Need for Neuro-Nurturing?

 A baby is filled with possibilities. An infant is born as a beautifully undefinable and significant individual with an exceptional essence within their heart. Each newborn is also born with a very undeveloped brain. The brain is experience dependent, meaning development doesn’t just magically happen. A brain develops based on the combination of the genes…

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Neuro-Nurturing… What does that mean?

When most people think of early brain development they might think mainly of academic knowledge or intelligence building. But in order for children to really thrive and reach their own unique potential they need what I term, Neuro-Nurturing®. This encompasses four essential elements that contribute to a child's optimal early brain development which in turn…

Invaluable Insights Directly From a Baby!

ANNA HAS INSIGHTS… and questions!   Anna says………Good morning! I just woke up and see I am in my crib. I feel good after having all those hours of sleep. I can’t fully express that feeling yet, so I just coo a little to myself. But wait… the feeling of contentment is beginning to fade. I…

What If EVERYONE Understood?

In the introduction of her important book, Rae Pica writes: "... I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development. When I hear stories of small children who are bewildered, frustrated and even defeated in their earliest school experiences, trying with brave determination to do what is asked of them and…

Giving Benefits YOUR Brain!

Your brain benefits by activating the reward centers when you give to others! Research has demonstrated that when performing an act of giving, the brain releases dopamine which is responsible for the feelings of euphoria. Additionally, it has been shown that the hormone oxytocin was released in study participants. This release increases levels of trust…

Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

What Has the Most Critical Impact on a Developing Brain? A question that has been asked of me several times is whether I think there is one aspect of early brain development that I feel is most critical for Brain Insights to place an emphasis. When considering this, the area that immediately comes to mind…

Nurture Healthy Brains Through Interaction With The REAL World

When you think of a baby or child, what is it that they want to do most? They want to play!  Babies are born ready to learn, they want to explore, touch, taste, smell, poke, pound, and throw everything they can get their hands on. This is learning and this is what their developing brain…

Optimal Brain Connections are Created Best Through Nurturing, Play, Talk and Books… Not Screens

During brain development presentations and workshops that I provide, participants frequently ask if “educational Apps” or programs to teach babies to read or learn academic skills are a good idea for early brain development. I recently had a grandmother ask if these are good gifts to give. I so appreciate these questions because this affords…