Heartfelt Baby Wish

by Deborah McNelis on January 01, 2015

A Heartfelt Request "Now that I am here it is my wish that every adult that will have an influence on my life fully realizes all that positively impacts my brain development in the early months and years of my life! I sincerely hope that every adult already knows and understands that providing loving, safe, healthy, predictable, nurturing, and stimulating environments affects the way in which my brain will physically wire and grow. Experiences of consistent loving relationships, lots of play and movement, security, healthy nutrition, time in nature, lack of chaos, and respect for me as someone very special..

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Early Experiences

by Deborah McNelis on June 07, 2014

The experiences children receive in the early years of life are crucial to overall brain development. These early experiences have an impact on learning and well-being in life. The Brain doesn’t just magically develop on it’s own. It requires 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..

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by Deborah McNelis on April 19, 2012

One of the primary reasons I started, Brain Insights was to create a clear understanding of the impact loving interaction has on the developing brain. The goal is to help develop a greater awareness of the need for and the positive effects of attachment.   Secure attachment is the foundation for emotional development and the ability to form healthy relationships with others. This also then leads to a child’s ability to regulate emotions effectively, to be able to delay gratification, to problem solve, and to have empathy for others. This all then contributes to the development of a positive self..

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by Deborah McNelis on January 22, 2012

Advances in technology provide the awareness that not only does the brain grow prenatally, but brain research informs us that a great amount of development happens in the pre-school years. It is both critical and exciting to realize that 90% of a child’s brain develops from conception to age five. But, even more important and exhilarating for us, is to have the research demonstrate what best contributes to the healthiest development during this significant time. Additionally, studies reveal that early experiences have a long lasting impact throughout life. This provides us with an extraordinary opportunity. It allows for us to..

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