From Our Educators
Debra Hasbrook, M.Ed.
Researchers suggest that how the brain develops and functions will significantly impact a child’s success throughout their life. The brain begins this process in gestation as brain cells are created and migrate to the different areas of the brain to begin their work. Once in place these neurons begin the process of connecting, sharing, storing and using the information collected through sensorial experiences of the child.
Once the brain is functioning it works like a “traffic control system” (Harvard). This traffic control system is called “executive functioning.” Executive functioning supports the brain’s work in collecting and using that information. Three significant areas that support development are working memory, inhibitory control, and flexibility.