Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the Grey Bruce Health Unit moves to the Green Prevent Level of the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: We are currently not booking vaccinations. Please avoid calling in an attempt to schedule vaccinations at this time. For week of March 1, vaccinations will focus on 2nd dose for all LTCH residents; First Responders (Police and Fire); Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Community Needle Exchange Partners; and over 80 clients. For clients 80 years of age and older - primary care should be reaching out to them directly; and, for those in this group who do not have a primary care provider (or have a primary care provider outside of the Grey/Bruce region, a 1800 # will soon be available to book appointments.

Please do not call your healthcare provider to book an appointment.

Please do not call Health Unit to book an appointment.

Vaccine rollout details

Making Connections

 

 Brain Development and Your Child

 

Research has amassed a considerable amount of evidence in recent years about early brain development and the importance of children’s early years from birth to six. 

 

A child is born with around 100 billion cells.  Many of these cells are still waiting to be connected.  How many of these cells will be connected and how strong these connections will be has to do with a child’s early experiences.

 

 

4 Ways to Foster Healthy Brain Development

 

Breastfeed Your Child

 Breast milk is the ideal food for brain development as it contains essential fatty acids required for healthy nerve and brain development. 

 

Form a Healthy Attachment with Your Child

 A strong, nurturing relationship between a child and parent goes a long way to connect and strengthen brain cells in a healthy positive manner.  Early positive experiences influence a child’s future ability to handle stress, have positive social skills and problem solving abilities. 

Be Responsive to Your Child’s Cues

Be tuned in to your child’s physical and emotional needs.  A warm quick response when a child is upset, ill or hurt reinforces the child’s self image of being worthy, loved and important.  Such feelings promote the child’s positive social and emotional development required for future relationships.

 

Protect Your Child from Harm

Physical or emotional harm can lead to increased stress in a child’s life, which can be detrimental particularly during those early years of brain development.  With the use of consistent and appropriate discipline techniques and limit setting, a child will feel more secure in their environment.  They will feel less stress as they know what to expect and know what is expected of them.

 

The types of experiences, interactions and relationships a child has have a direct impact on how their brain becomes wired and their future capabilities.  It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure those brain connections happen in a positive, stimulating and nurturing environment.

 

References

 

Neuro Developmental Research, “Implications for Caregiver Practice” CCF/CICF 2001.

www.zerotothree.org

 

 

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