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.

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

Love and Limits

Parents have many hopes and dreams for their children’s future. These might include – getting on well with others and having friends; doing well at school; getting a good job; being able to cope with life’s challenges; contributing to the community; being a good parent; and, being mentally and physically healthy. The options are endless really. But, how can we best nurture our children to increase the chance of them realising their potential? Read more

Embracing Imperfection

In a world surrounded by limitless access to information on parenting, and a strive for parenting perfection, author Miriam McCaleb implores us to accept good enough parenting as just that, good enough! She encourages us to put down our devices and to stop overanalyising all aspects of our parenting, and rather take a deep breath, slow down and prioritise our relationships with our children so we don’t miss those special moments. Read Embracing Imperfection here.

From Certainty to Complexity

Isolated studies, or even bodies of research on a particular topic, can only ever tell part of the complex story that underpins infant and child brain development. Risk & protective factors provide a more balanced and scientifically sound context. Read the full article here.

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.