Importance of Early Intervention

The Importance Of Early Intervention

Parents have long understood that their child’s earliest years are the most important. From learning to talk and walk, to developing their own unique personality, providing a good quality of life during these formative years is some thing most parents strive to achieve, and according to modern day science, this hasn’t been in vain.

Science suggest that a child’s experiences between the ages 2 and 7 play a pivotal role in shaping their development and how their brain reacts to learning. This leads experts to advise early intervention to assist with an introduction to holistic learning can be highly beneficial, even to the point where it may treat certain mental health conditions better than medication.

The Importance Of Early Intervention

It’s not uncommon for children who display signs of delayed development to completely grow out of these symptoms later in life, which some experts theorize is due to some form of early intervention that effectively altered brain chemistry.

For example, even the famous Albert Einstein had to endure a similar experience throughout his childhood; to the point his parents consulted a doctor. His sister once explained that he “had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.” 

The turning point for Einstein is attributed to a compass his father gifted to him when he lay ill in bed aged 5. This sparked his interest in technology and science, and rest we say is history… or is it? Some hypothesize that it wasn’t solely the inspiration from the compass that set Einstein on his path to greatness, but in fact, it was a violin that his mother gave to him a few months later which in combination with his newly found inspiration from the compass, challenged his brain in just the right ways to excel on a unique eccentric level.

So what exactly is at play here?

Early Intervention During Critical Period

A child’s brain grows in spurts known as critical periods, of which there are two notable occurrences; the first happens around the age of 2 and ends when they’re around 7 years old. The second then occurs during adolescence, between the ages of 10-19. Just as these critical periods are about to commence the brain forms twice as many synaptic connections between the neurons. This is where learning takes place, and so this doubling of connections super charges the child’s learning ability, and this has a long lasting effect on their development.

With twice as many synapses as adults, children are able to learn things much faster, and since these synapses die off as we enter adulthood it’s only logical to take advantage of this extended learning ability by encouraging them to take part in as many different activities as you see fit. Also during this period you may also considering enrolling them in one, or more, holistic therapies such as behavioral therapy and/or social skills.

The first critical period provides a perfect opportunity to show your child the more holistic side of learning, a highly beneficial aspect of education that doesn’t typically receive much focus from traditional learning institutions. According to David Epstein, who reports in his book, “Range,” there are four main ways to maximize holistic learning in the first critical period, this includes:

  • – Focus on a wide range of interesting, useful topics
  • – Focus on emotional intelligence
  • – Make learning fun, and not preparation for traditional schooling
  • – Encourage a love of learning; of course this is much easier when learning is fun

Make Learning Fun

Holistic learning can broaden the scope of topics your child is introduced to, remember to touch on languages as well more active interests such as art, music and sports. Research has shown that everything from music and the arts to social relationships can play a vital role in shaping a young persons mind and how they develop.

To leverage this developmental spurt try getting your child to learn new things and try new activities, instead of focusing on performance and repeating the things they’re already good at. Of course, practice and dedication to a single skill can be beneficial at certain stages in life however, during these critical growth spurts of brain development.

Introducing your child to more extra curricular activities will broaden the scope of their general knowledge and social intelligence, and with studies suggesting this approach imparts long lasting effects, together with anecdotal evidence that report positive changes in personality and mental health, there really is no reason not to enroll you child into some fun, educational activities.

The main take away here is that learning should be fun, and that there’s an ideal time to install this love of learning that will benefit your child throughout their education. By performing an early intervention and introducing your child to joys of holistic learning, you’ll help them see just how enjoyable education can really be, and this will benefit.

Trauma and adversity damage development. The more adversity a child faces, the greater the risk to his or her healthy development. Poverty, family mental illness, abuse, and low maternal education have a cumulative impact. Abused children with these risk factors can face a 90-100% likelihood of having delays in language, cognitive, or emotional development.

Make Learning Fun