Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mindfrom Birth to Age 3

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A cutting-edge handbook for parents from a pioneer in infant brain development

Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music into the nursery? Dr. Stamm translates the latest neuroscience findings into clear explanations and practical suggestions, demonstrating the importance of the simple ways you interact with your child every day. It isn?t the right ?edu-tainment? that nurtures an infant?s brain. It is as ...

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Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mindfrom Birth to Age 3

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Overview

A cutting-edge handbook for parents from a pioneer in infant brain development

Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music into the nursery? Dr. Stamm translates the latest neuroscience findings into clear explanations and practical suggestions, demonstrating the importance of the simple ways you interact with your child every day. It isn’t the right “edu-tainment” that nurtures an infant’s brain. It is as simple as Attention, Bonding, and Communication, and it’s within every parent’s ability to provide. Practical games and tips for each developmental age group will show you not only what the latest findings are but, more importantly, tell you what to do with them.

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Editorial Reviews

Harvey Karp
This book is a gem and will help you enrich your child's life and ‘nourish' his/her growing brain with great love and intelligent fun. (Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block)
Michael Gurian
What we are learning today from brain research is amazing, and this book makes that research into a parent friendly tool. (Michael Gurian, author of Nurture the Nature and The Wonder of Boys)
Keneth S. Kosik
If all newborns could come with an instruction book, this would be it. (Keneth S. Kosik, M.D., co-direct or of the Neuroscience Research Institute)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592403622
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 157,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jill Stamm is the cofounder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and is an associate clinical professor at Arizona State University in psychology in education. Paula Spencer is the coauthor of Dr. Harvey Karp's bestseller The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and author of Momfidence!

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Table of Contents


About This Book: What Babies Really Need Is Easy as ABC     ix
Introduction     I
The Brain Truth
Five "Wow"s Every Parent Should Know     II
Attention
"A" is for Attention: Why It Matters     33
Face Time: You Are Your Baby's First Toy     50
Playtime: The Real Work of Play     69
Screen Time: When Baby Meets Modern Life     86
Downtime: Doing Nothing Is Important Too     105
Attention-Builders Little Ones Love     116
Bonding
"B" is for Bonding: Why It Matters     131
Responsive Care: Tuning In to One Another     151
Hands-on Care: Introducing Vitamin "T"     168
Child Care: How to Make a Brain-Based Choice     182
Bond-Builders Little Ones Love     194
Communication
"C" Is for Communication: Why It Matters     207
Everyday Talk: Thank Goodness It's Cheap!     217
Everyday Reading: Dr. Seuss Had It Right     240
Everyday Music: Mozart Myths and Facts     256
Communication-Builders Little Ones Love     268
Epilogue     285
Acknowledgments     288
Appendix
Brain Basics: A Picture Guide     290
References with Brain Briefs     296
Resources     338
Index     339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Just What I Was Looking For!

    This book was phenomenal! I feel more empowered to help my baby be more smart, secure and happy. I have heard all the news about how early the brain develops, but I never could figure out what to be doing with my son. Now, I know! I feel like I can make better decisions about what toys to buy (or not buy), how and why to read books, why I don't need brainy videos or TV, how to pick a child care center, etc....I feel so relieved. I'm so glad someone finally wrote a book like this that tells me not just what to do, but explains why I might want to do certain things over others.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    great concise book

    I loved this book despite the fact that I thought its section on language development was too short and not in-depth. The book gives you great practical advise. The main idea in a nutshell is that babies first of all need to be loved, hugged and kissed. My husband liked the book as well. I'd say its a must-read for every parent.

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