Essential Experiences

Essential Experiences

Essen­tial expe­ri­ences serve to shape the brain’s neu­ro­log­i­cal struc­tures dur­ing early child­hood development.

Essen­tial expe­ri­ences are crit­i­cal expe­ri­ences, dur­ing early growth and devel­op­ment, which influ­ence the brain’s neu­ro­log­i­cal struc­tures. Par­ents and care providers should be knowl­edge­able about essen­tial expe­ri­ences to relate and inter­act appro­pri­ately with chil­dren, and pro­vide them with expe­ri­ences asso­ci­ated with brain growth and neu­ro­log­i­cal development.


Cook, L. & Cook, G. (2005). Child Devel­op­ment. Pear­son Edu­ca­tion, Inc.

Puck­ett, M. & Black, J. (2001). The Young Child (3rd Ed.). Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ing Co.


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