The Developing Mind
Environmental and experiential factors play a crucial role in the establishment of connections in the brain after birth. Even during pregnancy, the fetus is experiencing the outside world through their biological mother.
For the infant and young child, relationships with caregivers – attachment relationships – are the major environmental factors that shape the development of the brain. Therefore, caregivers play a large role in determining how and which experiences influence experience-dependant brain development.
It is important for parents and caregivers to examine their own attachment histories, to seek treatment for physical and mental health issues, and to develop healthy coping skills for the stresses in their lives to ensure the healthy development of their children.
The good news is this, resilience is a dynamic characteristic that has the potential to emerge at any time. If the stresses and adversities in life feel overwhelming for you and/or your child, please give me a call. I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you.
You can’t change the ocean or the weather no matter how hard you try, so it’s best to learn how to sail in all conditions.