The early years shape our
A new column developed with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative about the brain’s relationship
to early childhood and biological development, mental health and addiction
Who we are. What we say. Where
we live. When we laugh. Why we sleep.
How we learn. Everything we do, feel
and think is a function of our brains.
Our brains are complex command
centres, sending out billions of
conscious and subconscious signals
throughout our bodies every day.
architecture of the brain is like the
construction of a home: it’s built from
the bottom up. The least complex
systems and structures must be built
first before the more complex ones can
follow. As brain architecture emerges,
either a weak or study foundation is
built. A strong foundation increases
How the brain works is a matter of
our genetics (what we’re born with),
our environment (our experiences and
surroundings) and how the two work
together, which can switch some genes
“on” or “off.”
The early years shape how our
brain architecture is built. The basic
The more time caring, supportive adults spend with a child, the more the child’s brain circuits are exercised
and the stronger the neural connections.