Brain development and enrichment for the first year

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Brain development and enrichment for the first year

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The most important thing that you need to consider when we talk about brain activities for your baby is that there are two important components. One is care, how you are with your baby, how securely attached he is to you, how you stimulate him, how you respond to his needs, how you develop that trust between each other. Though the baby will come to see the world in a beautiful, wonderful way; the world is a beautiful place because my needs are taken care of. Now why would we want to stimulate his brain in any other way than that? And another component that's important to consider is play. Children learn the same way that scientist learn. They are experimenting with the environment. A baby is given a ball and a square and he knows that the ball rolls but the square doesn't. It's all about cause and effect, trial and error. The baby learns in a safe space that allows him to experiment, to explore where he can move, where he can reach, where he can grab things that are safe. That's the way a baby's brain learns. It doesn't learn through DVDs or through flash cards or through toys that have labels in them that say that this will enhance your baby's brain. Jean Piaget said, "When you teach a child something, you will forever ruin the chances of him learning it himself."

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Elsa Chahin

Mom and Infant & Toddler Consultant

Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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