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November, 2009

Clingy at bedtime . . .

Some children go to sleep easily. They are happy to be tucked in their own bed, feeling a sense of comfort and security that all is well in the world as they drift off. For many other children, bedtime and falling asleep do not come easily because bedtime activates primitive alarm systems in the brain …Continue reading

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Movement and learning . . .

As scientists learn more about how the brain works, they find extensive links between movement and learning. No wonder kids move so much! For example, some research has revealed that gesturing and pantomiming speed up the process of learning to talk. They also stimulate intellectual development, enhance self-esteem, and strengthen the bond between parent and …Continue reading

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Internal conversations . . .

Determining the boundaries between thought, language, and action is difficult. Language improves and fine-tunes our thoughts. This fine-tuning allows us to remove ourselves from the present, symbolically hold objects in our minds, and manipulate those objects into a variety of potential sequences before we act. Because of language we can pause rather than act immediately …Continue reading

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