Brainwave Review: Issue 31

We look at the research around tamariki who are bilingual. Whether they are learning one, two, or more languages, tamariki do best when they spend lots of time talking with their parents and whānau. Our second article aims to support those working with children and their whānau to understand how family violence affects children. It points out that children do not have to be hit, to be hurt.

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Brainwave Review: Issue 30

We talk about research uncovered by our Knowledge Manager – Keryn O’Neill around tamariki and technology, plus we give you some insights into supporting children’s social and emotional development.

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Brainwave Review: Issue 29

The recent tragedy in Christchurch has touched us all.  Our hearts go out to the many people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, to the injured, to those who lost loved ones, and to all who witnessed the horror.  As adults we each deal with these events in different ways, as do our tamariki.

In our Autumn Brainwave Review we look at trauma and children and share research that we hope will bring help bring comfort to family and whānau.

We also have a closer look at teens, and how we as adults can actively assist rangatahi to develop the skills they’ll need to thrive.

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Brainwave Review: Issue 28

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you research insight into Resilient Rangatahi and understanding adolescents that have experience early adversity, to read the full review, click here

Brainwave Review Issue 27: Supporting and understanding the teenage years

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you insight into supporting and understanding the teenage years.

The first article Rethinking Teen Drinking explores what the research indicates around alcohol use in the teenage years.  Adolescence is an exciting and important time in development; there are many opportunities, but there are also some risks. A tricky issue for almost every parent is alcohol. Everyone has an opinion about the age teens should start drinking, and how
much influence their parents should wield.

The second article goes on to consider Explaining Social and Emotional Changes during adolescence There are big changes going on in adolescents’ lives. Not only physical changes, but also important changes in social and emotional development, as they move from being a child to becoming an adult. Although we sometimes expect them to think and behave like an adult, their brain is very different to an adult’s brain and won’t be fully developed until they’re in their twenties.

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Brainwave Review Issue 26: talking, listening and reading

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review is very timely in light of reports last week in the media about the declining reading levels of NZ children.

Understanding how to support the early experiences of children’s language development is one important step in reversing this concerning trend. Brainwave Trust has spent a lot of time this year reviewing research in this area. This review of the academic literature forms the basis of both articles in this edition, written by our Senior Researcher, Keryn O’Neill.

The first article Nourishing our babies: Why Listening and Talking Matter explores what research indicates are some of the ingredients of a nourishing early language environment, and the important role of parents and other adults.

The second article goes on to consider Why Reading Really Matters and reviews research indicating that the earlier parents begin reading with their children, and the more books children are exposed to, the better their later outcomes in reading and many areas are likely to be.

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An insight into adolescence

Adolescence is often portrayed as a time of difficult and challenging behaviours. Yet it’s possible to view adolescence in a much more positive light. Recent research may help adults understand and appreciate the remarkable changes that are taking place. read more