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Supporting positive brain development in adolescence; tips and tactics

 

You can help support positive brain development in adolescents through considering how young people spend their time, as this is crucial to their brain development. The activities and experiences a young person is exposed to (such as music, sports, study, languages and video games) go a long way in shaping the emerging adult brain. Consider, too, that adolescents often require more time to process information and need instructions repeated in a calm and succinct manner, and it is often better to identify and suggest preferred behaviours rather than tell them what to do or what not to do.

Some tips and tactics for strengthening and supporting positive brain development in adolescents include;

* helping them find creative outlets for their feelings, as a way for them to manage their emotions.

* helping them understand and explore the short and long-term consequences of their actions.

* helping them develop empathy by talking about their emotions and about emotions in general, and how people will have different reactions to events depending on their circumstances.

* helping them develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills by supporting them to develop a process.

* role modelling the behaviour you want to see in them by being a positive role model and talking to them about how you process information and deal with your emotions and challenges.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

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How does an adolescent’s brain develop? A short guide

 

Brain development in adolescence is significantly different to that of the younger years, though it is also a time of significant brain development. As a child grows to adolescence, unused connections in the thinking and processing part of their brain are discarded and consistently used connections are strengthened. When children reach adolescence, the amygdala (associated with emotions, impulses, aggression and instinctive behaviour) is well developed, but the pre-frontal cortex (responsible for one’s ability to plan and think about the consequences of actions, solve problems and control impulses) doesn’t fully develop until a person is in their mid-20s. Thus, young people tend to rely on their amygdala to make decisions and solve problems.

Adolescents are thus more likely to act on impulse, try new things or relationships, misinterpret social cues and emotions or engage in risky behaviour. Though this explains some of the behaviours of an adolescent mind, it is important to note that these brain differences don’t mean that young people can’t make rational decisions or tell the difference between right and wrong, and it also doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

 

The negative effects of stress on brain development; a short guide

 

Stress can have many unfortunately negative effects on brain development, particularly in young children whose brains are starting to rapidly develop as they grow up. While small amounts of stress can be a positive influence, pushing people to adapt to the changing circumstances, more serious levels of stress could activate a severe stress response. Toxic stress can occur when a child experiences an extreme level of strong, frequent or prolonged adversity, and they don’t have the support of caring adults in their life. For example, toxic stress can occur in situations of chronic violence; physical, emotional or sexual abuse; neglect; mental illness or drug addiction of a family member; or through living in severe financial hardship. In situations such as these, a developing brain can be severely affected and it can result in a poorly controlled stress response system that can be a harm all through that young person’s life. A poorly controlled stress response system may cause someone to over react to challenges faced, or to shut down and not react at all. With a strong and supportive adult in their life, these negative effects can be minimised or even prevented altogether.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Supporting positive brain development in early childhood; tips and tactics

 

You can help support positive brain development in your child through your daily interactions with them. Create a safe and supportive environment for them, to provide for the optimal wellbeing and development of their brains. A safe and secure environment is one in which people are treated with care and respect. Children’s physical and emotional needs are given appropriate levels of warm and responsive care. You can further build a positive and strong relationship with your child by showing an interest in their thoughts and feelings and by being inclusive of diverse cultures, personalities and interests.

You can also help children develop their social and emotional skills to manage their own behaviour. Provide them with opportunities to learn about their own emotions and the emotions of others. Model the behaviour you wish to see in your child and help them manage their behaviour by being clear about any rules and expectations, and guiding them to manage any strong emotions they may experience, such as anger or frustration.

Supporting children’s positive brain development also involves acknowledging and playing to their strengths. Find out your child’s interests and passions and plan activities that cater to these, to give them an opportunity to shine.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

How does a child’s brain develop? A short guide

 

The first few years of a child’s life are fundamental to the healthy development of their brain. During these years, over one million neural connections are formed every second. Even before birth, prenatal sensory experiences will help shape the brain and nervous system.

In the first year of a child’s life, significant ‘wiring’ of the brain occurs, particularly through the relationships and experiences the child has with the parents and caregivers. These early experiences shape children’s brain development and have a lasting effect on their mental health and wellbeing, and thus positive relationships and a rich learning environment promotes their development while early adverse experiences may alter a child’s progress. They learn emotions through observing their parents and caregivers, and how they react to various movements and sounds such as crying, yelling, smiling and cooing.

The first few years brings a rapid period of brain development which can be encouraged by positive relationships with parents and a supportive and rich community environment for children to experience. If an adult is consistently warm and responsive to the child, the brain architecture develops in an optimal way. Thus, engaging with your child and providing a safe environment and physical care has a significant impact on your child’s development.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Temperament; adapting your parenting style based on more or less sociable temperaments

 

By adapting your parenting style to suit your child’s own temperament, you can better nurture their development and help them develop the positive parts of their temperament. This will in turn help you to understand the situations that your child might find hard because of their temperament, and help them learn how to handle these situations.

Each child’s temperament can be considered in terms of how much or how little they show of the following qualities; reactivity, self-regulation and sociability.

If your child is more sociable, they will likely enjoy being around other people, doing group activities with other children and going on play dates. Children with more sociable temperaments may also be more adaptable to change, able to cope with changes to routines. You can help nurture a child who is more sociable by ensuring they have plenty of new experiences, activities and play dates, but also that they are given time to learn how to occupy themselves and one-on-one time with you.

If your child is less sociable, they may need help making friends, as they may tend to prefer playing by themselves. While they may not need much help in finding things to occupy themselves, they may feel uncomfortable at big parties or in groups. They may also prefer regular routines and not cope too well with change. You can help nurture a less sociable child by inviting one or two of their friends over for a play date instead of having a large party or group activity, and helping them learn how to cope with changes in their routines.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/