Learn about the Developing Brain

The early years are critical for healthy, happy, successful children and students in the future.

Award-Winning Educator

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, parents, teachers, coaches and all who work with children and young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge, especially when it comes to their well-being and safety. Her forthcoming book, "The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health" is being published by Prometheus Books (Global and Pequot) and Brilliance Audio. For more information and resources, see https://www.bulliedbrain.com/.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Continuing Education Credit in Florida

    • Continuing Education Credit

    • Quiz Questions

  • 2

    ONE Early Childhood & the Developing Brain

    • 1.1 Introduction

    • Introduction 1.1 Video

    • 1.2 Overview

    • Overview Video 1.2

  • 3

    TWO Neuroscience & Learner Engagement

    • 2.1 Why Neuroscience?

    • Why Neuroscience? Video 2.1

    • 2.2 Neuroscience of Learner Engagement

    • Neuroscience of Learner Engagement Video 2.2

  • 4

    THREE Communication & Left / Right Hemispheres

    • 3.1 Left & Right Hemispheres of the Brain

    • Left & Right Hemispheres of the Brain Video 3.1

    • 3.2 Sensitive Periods in Brain Development

    • Sensitive Periods in Brain Development Video 3.2

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    FOUR Neurogenesis & Neuroplasticity

    • 4.1 Neurogenesis - The Growing Brain

    • Neurogenesis - The Growing Brain Video 4.1

    • 4.2 Neuroplasticity - The Changing Brain

    • Neuroplasticity - The Changing Brain Video 4.2

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    FIVE Communication & Self-Regulation

    • 5.1 Verbalizing Emotions & Calming Down

    • Verbalizing Emotions & Calming Down Video 5.1

    • 5.2 The Self-Regulating Brain

    • The Self-Regulating Brain Video 5.2

  • 7

    SIX Community & Brains Wired to Connect

    • 6.1 Alloparenting by Primary Caregivers & Early Childhood Practitioners

    • Alloparenting Video 6.1

    • 6.2 Learning to Read - Faces

    • Learning to Read - Faces Video 6.2

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    SEVEN Neuroscience of Emotion

    • 7.1 Emotions in the Brain

    • Emotions in the Brain Video 7.1

    • 7.2 Emotions & Memory

    • Emotions & Memory Video 7.2

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    EIGHT Unique Brains & Role of Genetics

    • 8.1 All Brains are Different

    • All Brains are Different Video 8.1

    • 8.2 The Role of Genes in Resiliency

    • The Role of Genes in Resiliency Video 8.2

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    References & Resources

    • General References, Resources and Further Reading