A website with brain insight
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative website
( albertafamilywellness.org) offers all sorts of
brain-building resources about our fascinating
Moms and dads, families and friends,
health-care and childcare professionals and
researchers and policy makers can find in-depth information about many of the topics
in this issue of Apple —and more. Topics
include the core story of brain development,
the effects of stress on brain development, and
the links between early brain development and
mental health and addictions later in life. And
for those who want to take a deeper dive, see
the presentations from world-class experts.
Don’t miss the new series of commercials
this spring aimed at seniors about serve and
return. And a new video will talk to youth about
The content-rich website also includes
games, videos, podcasts and research papers
New information is posted all the time; to
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— Scott Ranson
How to read a book to your child
Grab a book, find some light and spend some
time together. Reading to your child is that
simple and has big payoffs. She’ll become
more curious. She’ll learn. And she’ll be
inspired to keep learning over a lifetime.
With help from the Calgary Public Library,
we offer these tips for reading to your child:
Start early. Begin when she’s a baby. She’ll
like it and it helps build her brain architecture.
Take it slow. Let her look at the whole page,
words and pictures alike. Watch as she
ponders. Let her touch and turn the pages.
Ask questions. Who’s this? What’s she
thinking? What’s going on? What will happen
next? Help your child analyze and imagine.
Choose books you enjoy. If you like a story,
chances are your child will too. Get ready to
wear out your favourites. Find new stories at
your local library.
Read any time. You can make reading a
fun habit you do together; bedtime is a
natural time to read. You can also read on
impulse, to switch up a mood, or to pass
time during family holidays, rainy mornings or
Read anywhere. Inside on a snowy night.
Outside on a sunny day. In a tent, out of
the rain. You get the idea. And your child