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January 15th 2015:The Birth-to-Five Brain: What It Needs From Us

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 brain

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed.

Deborah McNelis, M.Ed. is an early brain development specialist and founder of Brain Insights, LLC. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and is former Preschool and Kindergarten teacher. She has coordinated and served on statewide literacy programs in Wisconsin. Deborah served as a Brain Development Specialist for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, creating and chairing The Milwaukee Brain Team. Deborah McNelis is the award-winning author of the unique and beautiful Brain Development Series of 6 pocket sized brain activity packets. She is also the author of Naturally Developing Young Brains for teachers. Her pioneering work to create a clear
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