Development of the Brain

1hour 0.1CEUs


This class is part of the CDA Core training. It explores the anatomy and development of the brain, its function, windows of opportunity for learning and environmental influences.

Goal: to understand brain development and functioning by age.

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Development of the Brain

Goal: to understand brain development and functioning by age.

Table of Contents

  1. The Amazing Brain
  2. Neurons
  3. Myelinization
  4. Healthy Brains
  5. Windows of Opportunity
  6. What Affects Brain Development
  7. ADHD


Chapter 1: Amazing Brain

Your brain analyzes and processes information with an efficiency far beyond the world’s fastest computer.  Your brain is different from a computer in that it is always changing.  A computer wears out with time, but your brain gets better.  Your brain is constantly growing and developing as long as you use it.  If you don’t use it, you will lose it.

Your brain has many different areas to control your actions and thoughts. Your brain develops from the back to the front. It is divided vertically intohemispheres, the right and the left, each with a different set of functionsthat myelinate (forming an insulating sheath of white, fatty substance about certain nerve fibers) and mature during different stages of life.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify parts of a neuron and the actions they perform
  • Identify reasons for unhealthy prenatal brain development
  • Describe the process of myelinization and its importance
  • Explain windows of opportunity and their implications
  • Describe the impact of several environmental issues for the developing brain
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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming