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InBrief: The Science of Neglect
Thriving communities depend on the successful development of the people who live in them, and building the foundations of successful development in childhood requires responsive relationships and supportive environments. Beginning shortly after birth, the typical “serve and return” interactions that occur between young children and the adults who care for them actually affect the formation of neural connections and the circuitry of the developing brain. This two-page summary—part of the InBrief series—provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
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Key Concepts: Toxic Stress
Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy child development. However, when that adversity is severe, frequent, or prolonged - and occurs in the absence of supportive adult relationships - it can induce a potentially damaging toxic stress response in a child's body and brain. This feature describes toxic stress response; how it differs from two other stress responses, positive and tolerable; and how it can be prevented or even reversed. The page also answers frequently asked questions and provides a list of related reading.
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Major support for the Council is currently being provided by: The Alliance for Early Success, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Norlien Foundation.