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Infants are born with billions of neurons needed for survival and adaptation to their new environment. In this module, you learned about the brain. Use this knowledge to answer the prompt. 

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Respond to the following prompt(s) for this module.

What does it mean that “brains are built, not born”?

Give examples of how caregivers can build a child’s brain development through the Five R’s.


Baby’s brain begins now: conception to age 3. (2018). The Urban Child Institute (opens in a new window)

Bucharest Early Intervention Project (2017) (opens in a new window)

“Building a Healthy Brain.” (2016, April 16). Zero to Three. Washington, DC: Zero to Three Press.

Graham, Judith & Forstadt, Leslie A. University of Maine (2001, 2011). Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn (opesn in a new window)