Understanding adolescents who have experienced early adversity

A number of children in New Zealand experience adversity during their early years, such as chaotic or violent family environments, abuse, neglect, poverty, and parental substance use. These adverse experiences can contribute to a number of difficulties for them, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It’s important that teachers and others working with adolescents understand how adversity can disrupt development and ways to provide much-needed support for these young people.  To read the full article, 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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Explaining the social and emotional changes in 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.  For the full article, click here 

Re-thinking teen drinking

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.  To read the full article, click here 

Print or e-book

Print or e-book does it matter?

Our senior Researcher, Keryn O’Neill, gives us insight into this topic, to read the full article, click here 

Teenagers: it’s not just their hormones – it’s their brains

Energetic, innovative, creative, curious and sometimes confused. Adolescents are going through changes that can be challenging for them and for their parents. Understanding the recent insights into adolescent development may help parents and other adults support adolescents to thrive.  Read the full article here

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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Why Reading Matters

The quantity and quality of language children experience in their interactions with parents and whānau during their earliest months and years has a profound and potentially lasting influence on their language and cognitive development.  Read the full article here