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There are dozens of myths about early childhood brain development. Due to the advancement of science, several have been proven false, leading to revolutionary new ideas in child care and how people interact with young children. Many would agree that early brain development is crucial for children's healthy growth, which is why it is important for early education professionals to learn and address certain brain development myths that are commonly accepted as fact.
Myth 1: The brain is fully developed at birth. While the majority of the cells in a young child's brain are formed before birth, most of the connections between these cells are created during the first three years of life.
Myth 2: Speaking to a child is not important before he or she begins to talk. Just because a baby cannot respond, does not mean that he or she is not learning. The first few years for a child are essential for learning new skills and the foundations of language and behavior.
Myth 3: Children only develop properly if they play with specifically designed educational toys. While these toys can be helpful for early minds, what children need most at this age is to interact with caregivers. If they form meaningful attachments early on, they are more likely to be adventurous and try new experiences later in life.