Brain Development

The Baby Brain Map (external link) provided by Zero To Three allows you to choose an age range and then explore areas of development. You can find answers to questions on how a baby’s brain develops and learn what you can do to enrich child development during those periods.

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Resources on Brain Development (external link) 

Watch this quick video (external link) to see Dr. Daniel Siegel present his hand model of the brain. Hear how we sometimes “flip our lids” and how we can bring ourselves back on line and become calm.
This three-part video series (external link) from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University describes how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains. Topics include brain architecture, serve and return interactions, and toxic stress. .

Brain Injury

BrainSTEPS (external link) is funded jointly by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, and implemented by the Brain Injury Association of PA.  This program is working to make sure that those who provide educational support to children with brain injury have an understanding of brain injury, the resulting challenges, and appropriate supports and interventions.
The mission of Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) (external link) is to prevent brain injury and improve the quality of life for people who have experienced brain injury and their family members through support, education, advocacy, and research. The site maintains a listing of local support groups. (external link)
This on line manual, developed by the Colorado Department of Education, provides information on developmental stages and the effects of traumatic brain injury, as well as changes in learning and intervention strategies. The Manual for Educators (external link) is 80 pages.
The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training (CBIRT) (external link) conducts research that focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with TBI by promoting the use of best practices. Check out their site to view interventions that work for young children with TBI (external link)
BrainLine (external link) is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. Short video clips are available on a variety of topics. The site has a section dedicated to kids (external link) and includes resources such as Normal Tantrum or Signs of a Brain Injury? (external link)

 

Prevention

Brain Injury in Young Children (external link) is a printable document that reviews prevention, signs and symptoms and multiple injuries. It also provides information on additional resources on brain injury, all with an attractive train graphic.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. This colorful document (external link) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides parents with information on spotting possible concussions and how to keep children safe on a playground. It is available to download or print by clicking on the Playground Safety tab on the HEADS UP to Parents page.
Never Shake: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome (.(external link) is a video provided by Children’s Trust Fund (CTF). It is designed to heighten the awareness of the dangers of shaking and encourage a plan of prevention. The video is also available in Spanish.
Falls are a leading cause of brain injury for children under the age of five. The Mayo Clinic’s Fall Safety for Kids (external link)is a list of basic precautions that can help prevent falls at home.They also provide Fall Safety for Kids On The Go (external link)for when you are out and about with little ones.

Professional Development

This 2 hour module offered by Early Childhood Education Linkage System discusses how to reduce the risk of head injuries, how to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of a head injury, and what may be involved to accommodate a child in group care who has sustained a brain injury. Head Bumps Matter Module (external link)

Dr. Stephen Hooper, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, examines early brain development, issues related to early brain injury, and functional outcomes in preschool children following a TBI.

Executive function and self-regulation skills help us to plan, focus our attention and remember instructions. They are critical for learning and development and can be affected by injuries to the brain. This online professional development module (external link) discusses executive function and self-regulation and how adult caregivers can help children build these skills. (external link)
This toolkit is provided as a resource to educate early childhood staff and parents about traumatic brain injury (TBI). It contains online video segments, educator resources and parent resources.  Many of these are available in both English and Spanish. Be sure to start with How to Use This TBI Toolkit and On-Line Modules(external link)

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