Attachment and Early Brain Development

Monday, June 7, 2010

Anyone that has heard me present knows how I emphasize the critical importance of attachment.  This is an essential aspect of optimal brain development. As I often point out, it not only affects social/emotional development, behavior, and relationships, it also has an impact on cognitive development.

The body and the brain will not grow if there is an absence of touch. Through consistent and loving interactions, valuable connections will be made in the baby’s brain.  The feeling of security and predictability that the child learns through these interactions leads to an emotionally healthy child.

With my first granddaughter’s birth only a few weeks away I am looking forward to observing the secure attachment she will have with my daughter and son-in-law. They have a birth plan to have skin to skin time, also called Kangaroo Care, with her right after birth.

Yesterday I became aware of a wonderful post , written by Danielle Elwood, on Momotics. This blog post very clearly shares the value of this important and special time. As a result I just had to share this wonderful post.  Enjoy and share with others. As Danielle states it is important that this is practiced in all hospitals. Spread the word!

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M Kay Keller said...

I have completed a Critical Review of the Research on Infant Massage for my prelims in the doctoral program I am finishing up. Massage is such a powerful tool for parents, grandparents and all family members to provide for a baby, toddler or child. It is not only good for the baby it is also good for the person who provides the massage! Great article.

April 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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