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How can ‘pandemic babies’ benefit from the brain’s neuroplasticity?

See expert answers to common questions about brain development.

During their crucial early months and years of development, many children born during the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t have the same level of interactions, socialization, and (if needed) early interventions as children born before the pandemic. 

  • Some studies showed that babies born during the pandemic had a higher risk of delays in communication, gross motor skills, and social emotional development.
  • But there are good reasons to believe that any setbacks could be temporary, and that’s due to what we know about neuroplasticity.  
  • Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to modify itself and respond to new experiences in the environment. This plasticity is greatest at the beginning of our lives and decreases as we age. 

How can early childhood educators best support these children to catch up?

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