Toxic stress and early brain development

February 5, 2014

Charles Zeanah Jr., of Tulane University, gave a presentation on toxic stress and its effects on early childhood development Monday at an Education Writer's Association seminar on Early Childhood Education.

Here are some of the highlights I tweeted from the event:

@carolinastrain: In order to be helpful to parents you have to get to a point where you have a partnership. - Charles Zeanah, Jr., of Tulane U. #ewaearlyed

R/T‏@EWAEmily: If there's anything cuter than toddler saying "yellow" I don't think we will hear it today.

@carolinastrain: #ewaearlyed Relationships with adults outside the home can be helpful. -Zeanah on educators working with children from high-stress homes

@carolinastrain: There are people who worked very hard to get "babies" into Obama's #SOTU address - Zeanah #ewaearlyed

According to his bio page on Tulane University's website, Zeanah focuses on developing interventions that can be used to help young children recover from, "abuse, neglect, serious deprivation and exposure to violence."

And here are some other tweets made by other journalists at the event:

@EvaMarieAyala: Children in poverty hear abt 1/3 the words those from higher incomes hear, also hear more negative statements, research shows #ewaearlyed

@readingby3rd:At #ewaearlyed research on Romanian orphans show the critical importance of 1st 2 years of child's life.

@TunedToTheresa: #ewaearlyed Zeanah: Investing in early childhood ed makes sense both psychologically and economically.

@caitlinzemma: Extreme neglect reduces brain power #ewaearlyed

@MorganSmith: Ratio of encouraging to discouraging statements kids in poverty hear in the home: 1:2 Kids in higher income families? 6:1. #ewaearlyed

‏@readingby3rd: Zeanah: The crucible for early childhood development is relationship with caregiver #ewaearlyed