Wire Power Fire Power

by Krista Timm

Week 2 – July 9, 2018

Baby Synapses

Synapse Density Over Time

Source: Adapted from Corel, JL. The postnatal development of the human cerebral cortex. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1975.

Week 1 July 2, 2018

At birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, roughly as many nerve cells as there are stars in the Milky Way, and almost all the neurons the brain will ever have. The brain starts forming prenatally, about three weeks after conception. … In the brain, the neurons are there at birth, as well as some synapses.

According to research baby’s developing brain will expand twice over during the first year of life. Positive interactions of parents and caregivers providing serve and return experiences lends itself to the rapid growth of infant brain development and fosters wiring connections for future success through the brains ability to make connections of feeling calm and safe.

Over the next few weeks,

I will provide videos I have used to support the understanding of brain development in children to represent how powerful the brain is in making connections and then pruning itself. Thus the real emphasis of positive interactions with infants and their development of understanding reciprocal responding processes of back and forth exchanges called “serve and return” the brain is pattern seeking and looks to seek out consistent or known people, places or things. Imbedded are links that lead to informational articles on a host of topics related to children, parents and awareness. Some of the research may be dated but the information is still current or relevant for use.

Credits will be given to the writer, author on materials used other than mine.


Source: Urban Institute

Source: Adapted by Bill Day from www.educarer.org, 2006