Did You Know…?

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  • Most of the brains underlying architecture is set by age 3, but the brain can always change.  However, the amount of effort to create change increases as people get older.
  • Negative or stressful early life experiences (such neglect or poverty) shape both the physical and chemical components of the brain that creates life-long changes.
  • Early focus on responsive relationships and reducing environmental stressors is beneficial to development.
  • For older children and adults, teaching adaptive skills, such as self-regulation and executive functioning skills  can improve outcomes.

(Information taken from research papers from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child)


Want to learn more?

What Everyone Should Know About Early Child Development and the Brain

Come join me on Wednesday, Oct 12th from 6-8pm

Where? Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley through district 196 community ed

pipecleaner brainsLearn key concepts in child development (based on research from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child) and participate in The Brain Architecture Game. Build a brain that helps grasp the powerful impact of early life experiences on children’s development. Understand the impact of early childhood experiences on outcomes throughout childhood. Discussion of the impact of early life experiences for children in school, home, and community settings and how educators and parents can help at all ages. Appropriate for anyone who works with children (teachers, therapists, social workers, counselors, etc.), as well as parents who want a better understanding of how their child’s brain works and develops.

Register online through district 196 site (don’t wait, my last class sold out!)

(CEs available for OTs and MN teachers license renewal in Positive Behavior.)


Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net