Wiring the Brain

We now understand much about how a child’s brain develops and how it is affected by experience in either a positive or negative fashion. This development starts before birth and continues through the teenage years when adolescence adds further complexity to the young person’s development. Read more

Link between adverse childhood experiences and adult health issues

Our understanding of the link between adverse childhood experiences and adult health issues has been deepened by longitudinal research from the United States. These findings indicate strong links between adverse experiences during childhood and adolescence, and medical problems and unhealthy behaviours that occur later in life. Read more

Drinking for Two: How Alcohol in Pregnancy Affects the Developing Child

Can alcohol do harm to an unborn baby’s brain? In this article Brainwave Educator Norma Hayward looks at the evidence around how alcohol in pregnancy may affect the developing child. Click here to learn more.

Banking on Self Control

According to the research, people with high levels of self control make better choices and live healthier lives. But how do we build self control? Lauren Porter examines this in her article Banking on Self Control.

Babies and Booze

Alcohol Healthwatch, Well Women and Family Trust and The Rotary Club of Parnell recently launched the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Youth Social Media Campaign. Read more

Love Connection

Your child’s first two to three years will affect her whole life. But when it comes to creating that all-important loving bond, the pressures of modern life – to earn more money, keep up with the Jones’s and answer that endlessly beeping phone – can get in the way. Emily Simpson talks to teacher and children’s advocate Miriam McCaleb about love, science and loud espresso machines. Read more

Circle of Security

The concept of “attachment” has found its way into much writing and talking about parenting, but what does it mean, and more importantly, how can parents help their child to develop a secure attachment?

Attachment is the lasting emotional bond that a child forms with a specific person that provides safety, comfort, soothing, and pleasure.

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