Brain Development in Infancy (Self-Paced)

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Participants of this professional development session will discuss how the brain develops, what stress can do to infants and toddlers that are in their care, how social relationships help build the brain as well as risk factors, warning signs and what to look for in an effective intervention program.

This course is repeatable after one year from the date of completion. 
In this training, the West Virginia Stars core knowledge competencies that are addressed are:
 1.1 understands typical and atypical development and multiple factors that influence development from conception through infancy and early childhood.
 E. applies theories of growth, development and learning into everyday practices.
 H. Understands the impact of stress and trauma when a child's development and supports families and reducing children's exposure to stress. 
1.2 applies the process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation to support children's growth through developmentally appropriate practices.
 J. applies knowledge of typical child development, including social and emotional development, to identify indicators of possible developmental delays or risks of development. 
M. works with other community agencies and services to help children meet developmental learning goals.
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In this course, Participants will. . .

compare brain architecture as it is built over time 
illustrate the process of pruning
discuss relationship-based needs and why infants are wired for social relationships 
examine the impact of stress on the development of the brain 
evaluate early risk factors and warning signs of neurodevelopmental disorders 
analyze  effective intervention program elements 

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