Posted on April 13, 2022 by childrenslearninginstitute
June 4, 2021
Diagnosis, Management and Modeling of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: The Neuroscience of Development
Kelly Vaughn, PhD and Dana DeMaster, PhD
Findings consistently link atypical neurological development with developmental delay and lasting mental health problems in large clinical populations. Cascading effects of early neurological disorders result in disrupted psychological health, including deficits in general intellectual ability, executive functioning, self-regulation, and language. This is because synchronized functioning of neural networks rapidly develops in the first 3 years of life. Converging findings from animal and human research indicates caregiving environment is an important factor shaping connectivity of neural systems. This chapter will review contemporary literature suggesting that by leveraging the inherent neuroplasticity of the brain in early childhood, interventions that improve nurturing may serve as important treatments for normalizing neurological development.
Vaughn, K. A., Moore, B. D., & DeMaster, D. (2021). Nurturing the developing brain to reduce neurological delay. In Martin, C. R., Preedy, V. R., & Rajendram, R. (Eds.), Diagnosis, Management and Modeling of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: The Neuroscience of Development (pp. 471-480). Academic Press. ISBN 9780128179888.