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#BrainFactMonday – Did You Know: The Teenage Brain Develops Faster Than A Child’s

Posted on 6th March 2023

Here's another #BrainFactMonday: did you know that a child's brain develops faster than a teenager's?

๐Ÿง  This is because the brain undergoes its most significant growth during the first five years of life, with ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฌ% ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ. During this time, new neural connections are forming rapidly, allowing children to acquire language, develop motor skills, and learn about the world around them.

๐ŸŒ That's why watching them at that age is so fascinating! During adolescence, instead, the brain undergoes pruning, that is the removal of ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€. In so doing, the brain become more specialised and efficient which happens at a slower pace than the formation of new connections.๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Now here's the point: understanding the unique way children's brains develop can help parents, educators, and caregivers support and foster healthy development during these crucial early years. 

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Understanding why teenagers look like adults but often still think and act like children can also help improve the relationships at home and give parents a framework to make sense of what's going on with their kids. ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ

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