The importance of healthy brain development; a short guide


Our brains rapidly develop, particularly during the early years of our lives, between the ages of one and three – they produce more than a million neural connections per second. When adolescence is reached, these brain synapses will number around 500 trillion, and this number remains relatively stable into adulthood. Brain development affects children’s ability to form healthy, satisfying relationships and it can also affect the way they are able to succeed in learning and social environments.

The healthy develop of young brains depends heavily on the quality and reliability of relationships that children and young people have within and outside the family, as well as their experiences and environment. Families have an important ongoing influence on children’s brain development, as does the community and environment in which they interact. There is even research to suggest that a person’s genes can potentially develop in response to some environmental factors.

Through the science of developmental neurobiology, we now understand that poor early development affects both physical and mental health, behaviour and learning in later life. With healthy brain develop, a child will grow into a healthy teenager and adult, socially, emotion, ally and physically.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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