The Still Face Experiment
Watch how dramatically a child reacts to an unresponsive parent in the still face experiment. This stunning video shows how babies desperately need positive social interaction from their caregivers.
Child abuse affects brain development
The CT scan on the left is an image from a healthy 3-year old with an average head size. The image on the right is from a 3-year old child suffering from severe sensory-deprivation neglect.
ChildTrauma Academy, 1997, Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
“It’s the quality & reliability of a child’s first relationships that form the architecture of their brain.”-Jack Shonkoff, MD, Harvard University
The most important thing we have learned from the brain research in the past 15 years is that the key to child abuse prevention is to reach out to parents as early in a child’s life as possible and offer support and education so they are able to care for their children. This approach is the key to breaking the cycle of abuse.
Early intervention is the key to prevention
Wrapping families in a tight embrace of support with home visiting, parenting classes and labs, respite care, and therapeutic classrooms, the staff at Family Building Blocks is dedicated to breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and poor parenting through early intervention strategies.
A child’s brain is 40% developed at birth & 80% developed by age 3.
A child’s experience in these early years forms the neurological foundation for the child’s future success. FBB’s early childhood services foster healthy brain development.