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Holiday Shopping Fun with Kids

by Deborah McNelis on December 08, 2015

I know holiday shopping with me can be frustrating and difficult at times. I really don’t want to be a problem when you take me a long. I realize you have a lot to do and you want me to be good so you can get it all done, but, my brain doesn’t always allow me to be perfect. I do like when you take me with you because my brain is curious and I get to see new things. I also love being with you! So here are some ideas I have so we can have a good time together!..

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A World of Difference!

by Deborah McNelis on May 29, 2015

MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW! I have a brain teaser for you! Why is it that we have more knowledge than ever before about what is best for a child's brain development .... and yet these are not the experiences of so many young children? 85% of the brain physically develops in the first 5 years of life. This development is primarily dependent on healthy and positive experiences to create optimal brain function, overall success, well being and happiness in life. Advances in science continually provide new research to demonstrate what growing brains need most. This information is very..

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What If EVERYONE Understood?

by Deborah McNelis on May 09, 2015

"A person's a person, no matter how small."  ~  Dr. Seuss   In the introduction of her latest 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 failing to understand why they can't, I wonder, what if everybody understood child development?"   This is a great new book that is important for EVERY adult to read as the title reflects...

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Early Experiences Wire a Brain

by Deborah McNelis on March 09, 2015

Early Experiences Wire a Brain   The experiences children receive in the early years of life are crucial to overall brain development. The Brain doesn’t just magically develop on it’s own. It needs experiences to make this happen. When a child has an experience, actual connections are formed between brain cells. The brain cells are dependent on experience to create these connections! All of these connections physically grow, organize and develop the brain. Genetics certainly plays a large role in laying out a plan for development. However, it is primarily the early experiences that largely determine the basic strength and..

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Brain Insights: Share #1

by Deborah McNelis on February 27, 2015

What a child’s brain needs most is adults that understand development. Parents, educators, social-workers, foster parents, nannies, and medical professionals that are aware and well educated on early brain development can provide all that a growing brain needs most. Community leaders, employers, judges, politicians, the media and the general public also play a vital role in implementing this valuable knowledge. Through working together we can ensure all children receive the experiences that will most positively impact healthy brain connections for success and well-being in life! Simply use the share buttons or copy and paste the following insight and share EVERYWHERE! ..

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

by Deborah McNelis on January 14, 2015

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 is the understanding of the significance of secure attachment. This is not the only area that is important and I will address this, but the first and primary need of a baby is to establish a trust in someone that aids in survival. The..

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