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How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life (Japanese)

This video, here in Japanese, looks at how we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation.

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Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It (Dutch)

When the stress in your life just doesn’t let up, and it feels like you have no support to get through the day—let alone do everything you need to do to be the best parent you can be—it can seem like there’s nothing that can make it better. But there are resources that can help, […]

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Japanese)

This 2-minute video, here in Japanese, explains how toxic stress can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

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En Breve: La Ciencia del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano

This video and brief, translated into Spanish, address basic concepts of early childhood development and help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.

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Brain Hero (Japanese)

This 3-minute video, here in Japanese, adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format. Based loosely on such games as “Guitar Hero,” “SimCity,” and “The Game of Life,” the video portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can affect life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community.

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En Breve: El Impacto de la Adversidad Durante la Infancia Sobre el Desarrollo de los Niños

Translated into Spanish, this video and related brief outline basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress, which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body’s stress response system on high alert.

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InBrief: How Resilience Is Built (Norwegian subtitles)

Watch this video, here subtitled in Norwegian, to learn how responsive exchanges with adults help children build the skills they need to manage stress and cope with adversity. The Norwegian subtitles for this video have been generously provided by RVTS Sør.

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Três Conceitos Fundamentais Sobre o Desenvolvimento na Primeira Infância

Translated into Portuguese, this three-part video series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

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InBrief: The Science of Neglect (Norwegian subtitles)

This edition of the InBrief series, here subtitled in Norwegian, explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends. The Norwegian subtitles for this video have been generously provided by RVTS Sør.

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O Stress Tóxico Prejudica o Desenvolvimento Saudável

Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain. This video, presented in Portuguese, explains the concept and ramifications of toxic stress. It is from the series Three Core Concepts in Early Development (Três Conceitos Fundamentais Sobre o Desenvolvimento na Primeira Infância).

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Norwegian subtitles)

Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain. The Norwegian subtitles for this video have been generously provided by RVTS Sør.

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El estrés tóxico perjudica el desarrollo saludable

Subtitled in Spanish, this video, originally titled Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development, is from the series Three Core Concepts in Early Development (Tres Conceptos Clave del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano). The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

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Estrés Tóxico y Resiliencia

Todos queremos dar a nuestros hijos lo que necesitan para crecer al máximo de su potencial, y como padres desempeñamos un papel importante en su desarrollo. Pero nuestra crianza se ve afectada por los apoyos y dificultades de nuestra vida, incluyendo las experiencias que causan lo que se conoce como «estrés tóxico». Pero experimentar estrés tóxico no tiene que determinar quién somos o cómo actuamos, y hay cosas que podemos hacer para defendernos a nosotros y a nuestros hijos de los efectos de incluso el estrés más intenso.

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En Breve: El Impacto de la Adversidad Durante la Infancia Sobre el Desarrollo de los Niños

Lo que sucede en la infancia temprana puede importar a lo largo de la vida. Para manejar exitosamente el futuro de nuestra sociedad, debemos reconocer los problemas y abordarlos antes de que empeoren. Las investigaciones sobre la biología del estrés durante la infancia temprana muestran cómo adversidades mayores, como la pobreza extrema, el abuso o […]

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¿Qué es la COVID-19? Y ¿Cómo se relaciona con el desarrollo de niños?

This infographic explains the basics of what COVID-19 is, and what it can mean for stress levels in both children and the adults who care for them. It also offers some easy and concrete solutions to help caregivers ensure that both they and the children they care for don’t experience long-term effects of stress.

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Arabic subtitles)

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by […]

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Mother, reading a book to her toddler at home at night, night stand lamp turned on

Cómo apoyar a los niños (y recibir apoyo usted mismo) durante el brote de COVID-19

El brote de coronavirus ha cambiado muchos aspectos de nuestra vida cotidiana. Pero incluso durante este tiempo incierto, nuestros niños todavía están aprendiendo, creciendo y desarrollándose.

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O que é a COVID-19? E qual a relação dela com o desenvolvimento infantil?

Os médicos descobriram a doença causada pelo coronavírus no final de 2019, por isso a nomenclatura COVID-19. É uma doença que ataca os pulmões. É causada por um vírus que pode se espalhar rapidamente de pessoa para pessoa e que pode ser encontrado em superfícies. Em algumas pessoas pode ser grave, ocasionando pneumonia ou até […]

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Icelandic)

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by […]

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Estresse, resiliência e o papel da ciência: resposta à pandemia do coronavírus

por Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. A pandemia da COVID-19 tem a capacidade de afetar todas as pessoas no mundo – e a resposta de cada indivíduo pode afetar drasticamente os demais. Além dos esforços dos corajosos profissionais da saúde, socorristas e uma ampla gama de trabalhadores que prestam outros serviços essenciais, um número incontável de […]

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Urdu subtitles)

Subtitled in Urdu, this video gives insight into how to deal with toxic stress. Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of […]

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Mother, reading a book to her toddler at home at night, night stand lamp turned on

Como apoiar as crianças (e a si mesmo) durante o surto da COVID-19

O surto do coronavírus mudou muitas coisas em nossas vidas cotidianas. Porém, mesmo durante esse período de incertezas, é certo que nossos filhos ainda estão aprendendo, crescendo e se desenvolvendo.

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Bulgarian subtitles)

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support.

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A still from the video The Science of Early Childhood Development with Slovak subtitles, showing two female caregivers holding two babies.

InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development (Slovak Subtitles)

This video from the InBrief series, subtitled here in Slovak, addresses basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, which help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Serbian subtitles)

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support.

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Qu’est-ce Que Les ENE? Et en Quoi Sont-Ils Liés Au Stress Toxique?

In this infographic, here in French, learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, and how they relate to toxic stress and child development.

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3 Princípios para Obter Resultados Melhores para as Crianças e as Famílias

A ciência relacionada ao desenvolvimento infantil e às competências essenciais dos adultos apontam para um conjunto de “princípios de design” que os formuladores de políticas e profissionais de muitos setores diferentes podem usar para melhorar os resultados para as crianças e as famílias. This translation was generously provided by Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal.

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InBrief: The Science of Neglect (Japanese)

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series, here in Japanese, explains why significant […]

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InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development (Japanese)

This video from the InBrief series, here in Japanese, addresses basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research.

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InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development (Japanese)

This video from the InBrief series outlines basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress, which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body’s stress response system on high alert. Science also shows that providing stable, responsive environments for children in the earliest years of life can […]

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Mandarin subtitles)

While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support.

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