Intensive First Years

he most rapid period of growth for the human brain occurs in the earliest years of life. The structure and functioning of the human brain are determined not only by our genetics but also by our interactions with other people and our environment, as the brain molds itself in response to the inputs it receives. The brain is also the most plastic during this time; in other words, the brain is the most adaptable to the conditions it experiences during this period of life. Because of this plasticity, young children are especially vulnerable to the conditions in their lives and their interactions with key caregivers during the youngest years. Adversity during this time can have far-reaching consequences, but this time can also provide a window of opportunity to build the basis for lifelong resilience.

Prenatal Impact Center