Early Childhood Development "WAYA" (Where Are You At?)_F. Garcia

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  • Brain cells link to a complex message system. As things are seen, heard, felt or tasted, messages are sent from one brain cell to another. These messages activate the cells, enabling them to make connections with the cells around them, causing the brain to grow. The brain needs to be stimulated from birth with colours, shapes, forms, sounds and movements for the connections to be made
  • Connections in the brain become stronger when they are used often, and connections that are not used die away in childhood and early adolescence as seen on the picture on the left.  It is true for adults and true for babies — “use it or lose it!” — babies and young children need stimulation  to develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually
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  • Early Childhood Development "WAYA" (Where Are You At?)_F. Garcia

    1. 1. Early Child Development ‘WAYA’ where are you at? CORE Fall Meeting October 16, 2013
    2. 2. Use your thumb to signify: • • • ‘agreement’, = thumbs up ‘do not agree’, = thumbs down ‘undecided’ = thumb horizontal to the following statements: 1. The only important window of opportunity across the lifecycle to support child development is from pregnancy through the first few years of life.
    3. 3. Q #1. The only important window of opportunity across the lifecycle to support child development is from pregnancy through the first few years of life. Answer – T down Pregnant women Mother & young child Adolescents Critical Phases/periods of Biologic-Behavioral Changes
    4. 4. Q2. Bonding is the same as attachment.
    5. 5. Q#2. Bonding is the same as attachment. Answer – T down Bonding: mother  baby, starting from pregnancy Attachment: baby  mother (through serve and return). -- has a biological purpose to sustain life, causing the baby to demonstrate behaviors that help him/her to stay closer to the mother.
    6. 6. Q3. A 2 week-old baby only begin to see and to ‘copy’ at one month.
    7. 7. Q3. A 2 week-old baby only begin to see and to ‘copy’ at one month. Answer : T - down Andrew Meltzoff (father) baby copying  …taken from Jane Lucas PhD presentation @ CCD workshop in June 2013 in Ankara, Turkey
    8. 8. . As things are seen, heard, felt or tasted, messages are sent from one brain cell to another through neurotransmitters. These messages activate the cells, enabling them to make connections with the cells around them, causing the brain to grow. First Things First, (2010)
    9. 9. Use it or loose it! Connections in the brain become stronger when they are used often, and connections that are not used die away in childhood and early adolescence First Things First, (2010)
    10. 10. Resources ■ For health professionals and CHWs to enhance skills to support care for development ■ For community health workers to build their skills to support integrated child care (health, feeding and development)
    11. 11. ECD Resource ■ Care for Child Development (C4D) Module (UNICEF, WHO 2009): ■ Stimulation ■ Responsive parenting skills to enhance mother/child interactions ■ Parenting messages ■ Job Aides: Play and Communication Guide, Resource Kit, 12 Group Meeting Sessions, Counselling Guidelines, Problem Solving Checklist. 11
    12. 12. …onward to breaking the transgenerational cycle of poverty and ill health! A virtuous generational cycle for the children.... are you a spectator or a contributor?

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