Why Early Intervention is Important: Neuroplasticity in Early Childhood

By Dana Asby, CEI Intern Neuroplasticity is often cited as a saving grace for children facing adversity such as maltreatment or extreme poverty. Neuroplasticity is the forming and reforming of neural pathways and is most constant and rapid during the first five years of life. Because of this, young children can quickly unlearn negative habits
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Promoting Strong Neuroplasticity and Grit in Early Childhood

Suzan Mullane, CEI Faculty and Trustee “You have to fix the hole in the soul before you can teach grit” (Oprah Winfrey 2018, CBS This Morning Interview) Healthy bodies, compassionate hearts, a regulated brain, positive human attachments, and grit are the ideal in early childhood development. For those who have less than the ideal, schools are the
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Executive Functioning and Academic Achievement

By Andrew Davis, CEI Intern From a blog post by Daniel Young (2013): ‘I asked him, ‘˜Do you have a homework routine?’ The answer was a clear ‘˜No. I just get it done after I play outside,’ Jake said. His grades were reflecting the inconsistent quality of his non-strategic approach. After asking, it became clear how
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