ERIC Number: ED204030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Brain Development in Children. Unit for Child Studies Selected Papers Number 2.
This brief seminar presentation for parents and child minders points out aspects of brain development in human infants and provides answers to questions asked by seminar participants. Basic facts of anatomy, including the development of micro- and macroneurons, nerve cell migration, sprouting synapse formation and the death of brain cells are related. The extent to which brain growth is determined by infant activity is emphasized, as is the necessity of protein input especially in the first two years of development. Three aspects of sensation/stimulation are discussed: the role of external sensation and stimulation, critical periods of development, and occupational therapist Jean Ayres' theory of brain development in children with learning disabilities. In conclusion it is emphasized that the sensory world of the average child in Sydney, Australia, is sufficient to ensure normal brain development. Appended questions and answers focus on the issues of handedness, television viewing, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Brain, Foreign Countries, Infants, Learning Disabilities, Neurological Impairments, Nutrition, Parent Education, Physical Development, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Stimulation
Unit for Child Studies, School of Education, University of NSW, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia ($2.00; payment should be made in Australian dollars).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Australia; Brain Development
Note: For other papers in this series, see PS 012 277-285.