Brain Awareness Week

Building Brains

Before birth and during the first few years of life, what a child goes through shapes how their brain develops. Genetics provide the basic plan, but what a child sees, hears and feels affects how that plan unfolds.

The “Building Brains” video provides an insight into how a young brain develops and the importance of daily interactions between your child and their carers.

Serve and Return

Serve and return interactions shape the way a child’s brain is built. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that helps with their communication and social skills

This video resource offers a five-step process that aids in helping to lay a strong foundation for the brain development of your child – you’re probably already doing some of these without realising! 

Visit Center of the Developing Child Harvard University’s website for more information: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/ 

Visit Brainwave Trust Aotearoa’s website for more information: https://brainwave.org.nz/