The Birth-to-Five Brain: What It Needs From Us

January 15, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Beth Onufrak

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In the early years of a child's life, every domain of development is growing at the same time, all mediated by the incredible brain. From a child's birth through 5, we adults can nurture and promote brain growth in far easier ways than we may imagine. What do young children's developing brains need from us? As Deborah McNelis explains, "Brain development is a lot less complicated than we think." In this episode, educator and early brain specialist Deborah McNelis, founder of Brain Insights, LLC joins me to discuss the developing brain from birth to age 5. In this time period, children's brains primarily need warm, dependable loving interactions with adults, opportunity for lots of movement, rich independent play experiences, and nutritious food. Deborah McNelis will describe her award-winning Brain Insights Activity Packets that teach simple engagement activities that foster brain development in the critical first 5 years.

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Child Psych Central: Discover the KidBrain explains and demystifies child mental health issues in young children. From diagnoses to discipline, from family relationships to challenges of millennial life, Child Psych Central arms parents with preventive, accessible information for the critical early years. Dr. Onufrak and her expert guests discuss child psych matters of the day. We break down confusing concepts and explain how child development drives kids’ behavior and thinking. We peek inside the brain to reveal how brain function affects children’s choices. Finally, we describe diverse child treatments and offer parenting solutions and resources. Dr. Onufrak believes the greatest improvements in child behavior arise when parents change their view of a child. Child Psych Central may help you see your child in a different light, the first step toward greater compassionate competence in parenting. Tune in to Child Psych Central to change your view and what you think, say and do!

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Dr. Beth Onufrak

Dr. Beth Onufrak is a Clinical Child Psychologist of more than 20 years. An early childhood specialist, she enjoys a thriving private practice devoted to preschool and primary age children. Pediatricians, educators and clinicians across the Phoenix, Arizona region refer young children to her specialty care and struggling parents to her workshops and seminars. She authors the blog A Child in Mind.

Dr. Onufrak holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She completed Research and Clinical Fellowships at Indiana University and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. A former Professor of Psychology, Dr. Onufrak enjoyed a decade of teaching undergraduate and grad curriculum at Arizona State University West and University of Phoenix, concurrent with her private practice. She consulted for six years to City of Phoenix Head Start, providing expert enrichment for Masters level clinicians. Dr. Onufrak is a frequent Continuing Education presenter for her mental health colleagues.

A respected clinician and parent educator, Dr. Onufrak is also an acclaimed speaker and transformative workshop presenter. Known for her accessible style, she translates complex concepts into commonplace terms with a colorful, lively delivery. Her mission is to help adults interpret children's needs, decode behavior, and respond with compassionate competence that builds healthy brains.

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