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.

Please click here to read the Brainwave Review.

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

Nourishing our babies: why listening and talking matter

We all know children need adequate nutrition to enable their body to grow in healthy ways. While this is vital, it is not sufficient for children to grow well. Extending on the concept of nourishing a child’s body, “language nutrition refers to the idea that an environment with sufficient language exposure is critical to…nourish a child’s brain.”1
This article explores some of the ingredients of a nourishing early language environment, read the full article here

Feeding your baby’s brain

You already know that your baby needs good food to grow a healthy body.  Did you also know you can help grow their brain when you talk to them?  For more about how, read here