For most functions, it is never too late to form new connections.
The human brain is remarkable in its ability to heal.
Remarkable Recovery: Half of a 4-year-old’s brain was surgically removed to relieve the symptoms of intractable epilepsy. Within two years, the other half compensated for this loss by gaining mass and function.
3 years, 11 months
Three months after surgery:
Two years after surgery:
6 years, 1 month
Source: Rima Shore, Rethinking the Brain , Families and Work Institute, 1997.
The Aging Brain
The brain is more “plastic” (easily changed) in the first three years of life. A young brain changes its architecture minute by minute, reshaping itself to cope with experiences.
The brain becomes less “plastic” with age; however, a healthy, stimulated brain continues to grow throughout life.