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ERIC Number: EJ899468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
On the Move: Environments that Stimulate Motor and Cognitive Development in Infants
Isbell, Christy; Isbell, Rebecca Temple
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v35 n3 p30-35 Fall 2007
From the first moments of life, infants begin the exciting journey to gain control of their bodies. These beginning movements are an essential way of playing and learning for infants. During their first year, infants learn more motor skills than at any other time in their lives. Brain research has revealed that the motor area of an infant's brain is developing at a rapid rate between birth and 2 years of age. Activity during this sensitive period provides the foundation for motor skills that will be used throughout life. It is essential for caregivers to understand the importance of movement and how it impacts infants' brain development and the establishment of neurological pathways. This article offers practical ideas which suggest ways to incorporate activities and toys into everyday caregiving routines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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