The Baby Brain Map
If you are expecting or have a child under three, I think you are going to be fascinated with a cool tool I found online today. Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants and Toddlers has developed The Baby Brain Map. It is a resource that reveals the secrets of how early care enriches development. Organized in an easy to use Q & A format, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about brain development in this free tool. To start, you select the age group you would like to explore. Then you click on the area of the brain that controls what you are interested in. For example, my little friend Sam just turned two this week so I clicked on “18 to 24 mos” followed by “language” to find out more about how his vocabulary has been developing to this point. I learned that between 1 1/2 to 2 years old, the number of words a child is using is related to many factors including whether the toddler is a boy or girl, outgoing or shy, or part of a small or large family. The site provides information on how child care professionals and parents can help a child develop to their fullest potential. Concerning language development, the advice at this age is for caregivers to make a special effort to talk to toddlers like they are a partner, even if the conversation seems one sided. Repeat, expand or restate what the child says. This shows you are listening and care about what they say.