Early childhood development

Holistic Brain Development

Holistic Brain Development

Comprehending the development of a child is an indispensable obligation of every parent. Early childhood development sets the foundation for everlasting learning, behaviour, and health. A child’s primitive experiences shape his brain and his capacity to learn. Holistic brain development is implicitly vital in the process of a child’s proliferation. It builds the mechanisms that allow him to battle daily stresses and challenges.

What is holistic brain development?

Baby brain development

Holistic brain development constitutes a child’s cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical growth. At birth, newborns begin with exceedingly similar brains and brain structures. There are ‘sensitive periods’ during a child’s development when the wiring of the brain for specific abilities is established. Holistic brain development assists in the wiring of the brain connections through the provision of responsive, nurturing and stimulative experiences.

Benefits of holistic brain development :

  • Children who are well supported and nurtured physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually will develop multitudinous neural connections that will serve them well throughout their life course.
  • Holistic brain development establishes a child’s social competence, cognitive skills, emotional welfare, linguistic abilities, literary adroitness, and physical capabilities.
  • It is also a market for academic well-being and life resilience.

 

There are innumerable factors that influence a child’s overall healthy brain development.

  • Education,
  • Health,
  • Social status,
  • Access to stimulating and conducive early learning environments,
  • Adequate nutrition,
  • Clean water,
  • And a secured and nurturing parent-child relationship contributes immensely to a child’s overall brain development.

 

What Should You Do As A Parent?

parent and toddler

  • Let them smell an assortment of spices and describe the scents to them. Love, love, and love! – Constant displays of affection will make your little ones feel secure in their relationship with you. Emotional well-being and social competence will then establish a concrete foundation for emerging cognitive abilities.
  • Multi-sensory activities – During a child’s early years, their 5 senses are extremely sensitive. Therefore, you should engage your tiny tots in a variety of multi-sensory activities. For e.g. –
  1. A fun, tactile activity is letting them touch and feel different objects and materials. They’ll begin to understand differences in shapes and textures.
  2. Arouse your children’s auditory sense by playing numerous genres of classical music with variations in musical instruments. Mozart is an excellent choice as his compositions consist of a wide range of frequencies.
  • Motor skills – Nurturing your child’s motor skills is very important for their holistic brain development. This includes fine motor skills as well as gross motor skills. Examples of fine motor skills are letting your children open or close different containers, or teaching them how to use a pincer grip in order to pick up small items like beans. An exciting obstacle course would help your young ones hone their gross motor skills. Here, they’d learn to use and control their limbs, thereby mastering spatial awareness.

 

Holistic Brain Development And Play.

The key is to strike a sensible balance between these two factors as they result in significant brain development. Providing opportunities to play freely and actively is a phenomenal way of promoting brain development. Holistic brain development seeks to simultaneously address the physical, emotional, rational, intellectual and spiritual aspects of a child ’s life.  It is attained through keen parental observation. There are many proven techniques used in observing children. Holistic brain development creates a quintessential blend of play and fun along with an ensured healthy social, physical, and emotional development in children. Play contributes to all aspects of children’s health and development constituting mental and physical well being, educational development, brain development, language learning, spatial mathematical learning, creativity, and the formation of one’s individual identity.

A child’s APGAR ( Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, and Respiration)  test scores must be considered. This test is conducted right after a child’s birth. Over a period of 9 months, a toddler’s gross motor skills and fine motor skills will develop. It includes rooting, sucking and swallowing reflex ,grasp reflex, walking reflex, pupils reacting to light, opening of eyes when held upright, blinking or opening of eyes widely to sudden sound, startle reaction to sudden sound, closing eyes to sudden bright light, flexing of upper and lower limbs, turning of head to perceive objects, establishment of firm eye contact and visual senses.

Conclusion.

The first two years of a child’s life, the sensorimotor stage, is when babies’ and toddlers’  knowledge and understanding are chiefly drawn from the physical activity and their senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Toys play an enormous role in developing a child’s brain in a holistic manner. Parents should actively participate in playing games with their toddlers for their holistic enrichment. His intrinsic abilities and academic brilliance ultimately rely on the conducive atmosphere provided and parental efforts undertaken for holistic brain development.

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